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Bas de Laat Leads Final 10 Players in 2016 Unibet Open Malta Main Event

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Bas de Laat
Bas de Laat

Ninety-three players returned to Casino Malta to battle it out for the trophy and €65,000 first-place prize on Day 2 of the 2016 Unibet Open Malta Main Event.

The first hurdle to tackle would be reaching the money, with 36 players cashing. Losing 57 players proved an easy task as they busted out left and right to get things going.

Jorma Vuoksenmaa from Finland was the first one to go, followed out the door by the likes of Miroslav Hrivnak, Simon Griffin, and many others.

Before you knew it, the tournament was getting to the bubble stage, with at least three very short stacks. All three of them would survive though, as Unibet Open regular Johan Goslings ended up busting in a bit of a cooler. He open-shoved his medium stack in with ace-king but soon found out his neighbor Mads Junker had aces and covered him by just a couple thousand.

Junker, former professional soccer player with seven caps for the Danish national team, made 36 players very happy, but busted out himself a level or two later.

The bubble hand was just about the only hand Canadian Global Poker League commentator Griffin Benger wasn't involved in. He raised most of his hands, wasn't afraid of showdowns, and won most the pots he was in. Besides having his experience help him along the way, Griffin ran extremely good as well, winning 30-70s and 40-60s like it was nothing.

For quite some time, Benger's name was on top of the chip counts by a wide margin. The last couple of levels he wasn't able to extend his lead and in fact saw several players catch up with him, and drop down a bit himself. Amongst the players to catch up was Dutch online professional Bas de Laat, who went from the role of short stack to that of chip leader in a matter of minutes. He doubled up and busted two players to get to 1.758 million.

After 10 levels of play, the tournament was halted for the night.

The final day will start at 1 p.m. local time with two tables of five players. Once one player hits the rail, the two tables will combine to the official final table. As you by now can expect from the Unibet Open, the final table will be broadcasted live with cards-up coverage.

PokerNews.com will again be on site for all the updates and photos of the event, so stay tuned.

TableSeatPlayerChip Count
11Bas de Laat1,758,000
12Vitalii Belyaev454,000
13Christian Ostfelt616,000
14Tim van Meene889,000
15Piotr Marzejon1,225000
    
21Martin Soukup1,340,000
22Emil Westerberg170,000
23Griffin Benger680,000
24Mariusz Czarnojan963,000
25[Removed:158]657,000
Bas de Laat nl
Bas de Laat
nl 1,758,000 158,000
Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
cz 1,340,000 140,000
Mariusz Czarnojan PL
Mariusz Czarnojan
PL 1,225,000 679,000
Piotr Marzejon PL
Piotr Marzejon
PL 963,000 311,000
Tim van Meene NL
Tim van Meene
NL 889,000 109,000
Griffin Benger ca
Griffin Benger
ca 680,000 -489,000
[Removed:158] BE
[Removed:158]
BE 657,000 157,000
Christian Ostfelt se
Christian Ostfelt
se 616,000 -384,000
Vitalii Belyaev UA
Vitalii Belyaev
UA 454,000 -106,000
Emil Westerberg SE
Emil Westerberg
SE 170,000 -170,000

Тагове: Bas de LaatGriffin BengerJohan GoslingsJorma VuoksenmaaKenneth GriffinMads JunkerMiroslav Hrivnak

Almost Done

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

The feature table is done for the day, the outer table is busy playing their final 3 hands. Back in a bit with chip counts and an end of day recap.

De Laat Busts Omeir and Ikonen

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Leandre Omeir
Leandre Omeir

Not too long ago, Bas de Laat was one of the shorter stacks in the room. He turned things around though, as he busted two players in a row and now is one of the biggest ones in the room.

Leandre Omeir shoved all in under the gun for 282,000 and Bas de Laat over shoved right next to him. [Removed:158] tanked for a bit before folding, the other players folded right away.

Leandre Omeir: {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Bas de Laat: {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Omeir made his exit.

Not much later, action folded to De Laat and he limped in from the small blind. Big blind Pekka Ikonen shoved for about 350,000 and De Laat instantly called.

Bas de Laat: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}
Pekka Ikonen: {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}

The board ran out {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and De Laat knocked out Ikonen. Down to 10 now.

Bas de Laat nl
Bas de Laat
nl 1,600,000 720,000
Leandre Omeir FR
Leandre Omeir
FR Отпаднал
Pekka Ikonen fi
Pekka Ikonen
fi Отпаднал

Тагове: Bas de LaatLeandre OmeirPekka Ikonen

De Laat Doubles

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

From early position Bas de Laat made it 45,000 and he got a call from Piotr Marzejon on the button.

The flop came {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{4-Hearts} and De Laat checked. Marzejon bet 50,000 and De Laat called.

De Laat check called another 115,000 on the {2-Spades} turn and the {8-Spades} completed the board. De Laat checked a third time and Marzejon pushed all in. De Laat called instantly as he had back doored into the nuts holding {A-Spades}{10-Spades}. Marzejon mucked his {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} somewhat frustrated.

Bas de Laat nl
Bas de Laat
nl 880,000 420,000

Тагове: Bas de LaatPiotr Marzejon

Benger Bets Big

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

From the hijack, Bas de Laat opened and action folded to Griffin Benger in the big blind. He asked how much De Laat had started the hand with (500,000) and how much the raise was (40,000), and called.

Both players checked the {K-Spades}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades} flop and {8-Hearts} turn before the river paired the board with the {10-Clubs}. Benger bet out a hefty 125,000 and De Laat leaned back in his chair to think about it for a bit.

Eventually he folded, and Benger quickly mucked while raking in the chips.

Griffin Benger ca
Griffin Benger
ca 1,169,000 69,000
Bas de Laat nl
Bas de Laat
nl 460,000 -160,000

Тагове: Griffin BengerBas de Laat

Christensen Eliminated

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

The following hand happened 30 minutes ago, but to not spoil the stream only appears online right now.

Mathias Christensen ({A-Clubs}{6-Hearts}) and Vitalii Belyaev ({A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}) got it in before the flop for 252,000 each. Christensen was at risk with the worse hand, but flopped some possibilities: {3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. The {8-Hearts} on the turn and {9-Hearts} on the river were blanks though, and Christensen said his goodbyes.

Vitalii Belyaev UA
Vitalii Belyaev
UA 560,000 248,000
Mathias Christensen SE
Mathias Christensen
SE Отпаднал

Тагове: Mathias ChristensenVitalii Belyaev

Marzejon Versus Benger

Webjoker • Ниво 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Cutoff [Removed:158] opened for 35,000 and Piotr Marzejon made the call on the button. Small blind Griffin Benger squeezed to 105,000 and the big blind and Van Lancker both folded. Marzejon called in position.

The flop came {3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Benger bet 86,000. Marzejon cut out 180,000 and moved them in, leaving himself 295,000 behind. Benger folded.

Griffin Benger ca
Griffin Benger
ca 1,350,000 -250,000
Piotr Marzejon PL
Piotr Marzejon
PL 652,000 2,000

Тагове: Griffin BengerPiotr Marzejon

Ниво:
20
Блайндове:
10,000/20,000
Анте:
3,000

Eetu Vehvilainen Eliminated

Webjoker • Ниво 19: 8,000-16,000, 3,000 ante

The following hand happened 30 minutes ago, but to not spoil the stream only appears online right now.

Eetu Vehvilainen was extremely short and got it in with {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} against the {K-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} of Martin Soukup. The board came an unfortunate {8-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Vehvilainen made his exit in 14th place.

Martin Soukup cz
Martin Soukup
cz 1,200,000 152,000
Eetu Vehvilainen FI
Eetu Vehvilainen
FI Отпаднал

Тагове: Eetu VehvilainenMartin Soukup