Joni Liimatta becomes the fourth Fin to win a Unibet Open, taking down 375 other players in the Unibet Open Copenhagen to take the title and €71,514 in prize money.
The final day started with 16 hopefuls with Liimatta sitting eighth in chips before getting a seat on the final table in sixth position. At the start of play, fellow countryman Evgueny Ievkov was in the chip lead—before finishing the day in 3rd—bagging €31,129. Second place went to Daniel Wittikko from Sweden who won €44,995.
The Unibet Open Copenhagen also marked the first outing of Kenny Hallaert as Tournament Director, which is made all the more exciting as he will be heading to Las Vegas in late October to play the WSOP Main Event Final Table as part of the November Nine.
“I’m very happy to be part of the Unibet Open team. I have already played some of these events in the past and always had a good experience,” stated Hallaert in a press release. “Now I want to give that same experience to the players.”
The Unibet Open Copenhagen went off without a hitch is testament to Hallaert already being an accomplished tournament director, managing the Belgian Poker Challenge (BPC), a small tour that includes the PokerStars cardroom in the Grand Casino de Namur.
Twitch’s Community Development and Poker Manager, Scott Ball, AKA @RuMCaKeS was also playing in the Open but unfortunately didn’t mange to make it far.
He did manage to make the most of his time in the city—catching up with the GPL’s Laura Cornelius at Tivoli Gardens.
The Biggest Guarantee
The Unibet Open Season Finale will conclude in Bucharest, Romania on the December 1 to 4, which finishes with a €500,000 Main Event. Players can qualify for the event online by playing online poker at Unibet.
The event is capped at 800 players and will have the biggest guarantee in Unibet tours nine year history.
“We are extremely happy to up the cap to 800 and GTD half a million” said Nataly Sopacuaperu, Head of Live Events at Unibet in a recent press release. “This is the biggest event we have ever done.”