Everyone interested in the recent developments in the poker industry has been following the events surrounding the 2018 Unibet Open £990 Main Event which saw its last day this Sunday. London was the proud host of this poker tournament and it gave many well-known poker players the chance to demonstrate their skills on the felt. The proud winner of the culminating event was Andreas Wiborg from Norway who laid his hands on a total of £56,807 at the end of the final table.
Grosvenor Victoria Casino welcomed the hundreds of participants in the poker festival and provided them with the conditions to enjoy the Main Event to the fullest. The culminating event of the festival brought a total of 349 entries willing to give their luck a try and in turn, this resulted in a generous total prize pool amounting to some £314,100. Only the top 47 players on the official leader board had the chance to get a chunk of the prizes and this motivated them to give their best on the felt.
Rivals for the Big Cashes
Among the players who had the biggest chances of bagging, top prices were British player Christopher Yong who made it to the final table at the Unibet Christmas Cracker back in 2014, as well as Laurent Polito from France, who became the champion at the World Poker Tour DeepStacks and bagged $104,352 for his performance.
Regardless of their vast experience on various final tables, neither of them could make it to the throne and they were eliminated on their way there. The whole final day of the Main Event provided quite the unexpected turn of events, as renowned poker players were sent to the rails sooner than predicted, while relatively new names made it to the top.
Thomas Cazayous from France was the first one to go home shortly after the beginning of the final table, as he was eliminated by the winner himself, Wiborg and received only £6,300 for his run. He had quite a few chips to his name and things did not look promising for him at the very beginning. Luckily, the two players who he considered the biggest rivals for the throne were eliminated one after the other by Tony Blanchandin and Johnathan Schuman and this cleared the field in a rapid manner. As for the top three positions, less than 60 minutes were needed before Wiborg amassed larger chip stack than his rival Schuman and sent him home with well-deserved £49,483.
Wiborg himself was not one of the most awarded poker players on the final table, as his live poker career began back in 2016 when he participated in the 2016 Norwegian Championships and JP Masters where he finished sixth and bagged €545. His largest ever live tournament cash came this Sunday, but prior to that, his best performance was at the Unibet UK Poker Tour 2016, where he managed to win as much as £6,640 for his runner-up position on the official leader board. Apparently, Unibet brings Wiborg good fortune, since the last time he laid his hands on a live poker prize he played at the Unibet UK Poker Tour 2017 and finished 13th earning £540.