Daniel Smith is the latest in a long list of talented poker players to have won a Unibet Open Main vent after he outlasted a 457-strong field in Cannes. Smith’s prize, in addition to lifelong bragging rights, is a cool €88,000.
The final day’s play began with 17 players in contention for the Unibet Open Cannes crown, with the final table being reached four hours after the restart following the eliminations of Laurent Benhayon, Redmond Toth, Antoine Bacci, Julian Vassort-Salvans, Julien Bolimowski, Argo Garamaga, Paolo Petrucci and Dominique Terzian.
2014 Unibet Open Cannes Final Table
|3||Nicolas Le Floch||1,050,000|
The first exit of the final table happened when Nicolas Le Floch opened to 85,000 from under the gun and Krzystof Stuchlik called from a couple of seats across. From the big blind, Giuseppe Zarbo raised to 235,000 to put the action back on Le Floch. With the in his hand, Le Floch made it 405,000 to go, Stuchlick folded, but Zarbo jammed all-in with his . Le Floch obviously called.
The final board read to send Zarbo to the rail in ninth place.
Eighth place went to Sweden’s Daniel Johansson who saw Mikael Nielsen raise to 102,000 and decided to three-bet all in for 666,000. Nielsen called with and was racing against Johansson’s . It was a race that Nielsen would win as the community cards fell to narrowly miss Johansson’s overcards and the tournament was down to seven runners.
Those seven became six with the elimination of Vinod Javed as the clocks turned 6:30 p.m. A short-stacked Javed looked down at and raised all-in for 252,000 over the top of a 106,000 opening raise from Nielsen in an attempt to double-up. Nielsen called with , flopped a queen on the board and sent Javed to the rail.
Le Froch was next to fall and at the hands of the French legend that is Alain Roy. Le Froch opened with , Roy three-bet with and Le Froch called.
The flop came down and Le Froch check-called a 200,000 bet from Roy. The turn was the and Le Froch moved all-in. Roy snap-called thanks to now holding a full house and the meaningless landed on the river and Le Froch headed to the cashier’s desk.
Stuchlik busted in fifth play at around 9:00 p.m when Davor Pavic flopped a wheel on him. Stuchlik raised to 220,000 and Pavic called from the big blind. Pavic checked the flop, Stuchlik bet 355,000 and Pavic check-raised t0 765,000. Stuchlik announced all-in and pushed his 1,155,000 stack into the middle and Pavic beat him into the pot with a call.
Stuchlik showed and was crushed by the of his opponent. The turn locked up the hand for Pavec and when the made an appearance on the river, it was game over for Stuchlik.
Despite winning Stuchlik’s chips, Pavic was the next casualty of the final table.
A raise to 275,000 from Roy was met with an all-in three-bet of 1,400,000 from Pavic and a re-shove from Nielsen. Roy ducked out of the way and the of Pavic went to war with the of Nielsen.
Pavic was sent for the proverbial early bath wen the board ran out to leave only three players in the hunt for the trophy.
Twenty minutes after Pavic’s untimely demise, Roy followed him out of the tournament area. Roy got a couple of all-in bets through, but his shove with was called by Nielsen and his dominating . The latter caught a king on the board to send the tournament into the heads-up stages.
Nielsen went into the final encounter holding a massive 11,000,000 to 2,500,000 chip lead over Englishman Smith, but Smith doubled early into the match and then managed to chip away at his opponent to reverse the starting stack.
The final hand saw Smith make it 320,000 to go with . Nielsen responded with a three-bet to 945,000 only to see Smith set the price to continue at 2,200,000. Nielsen moved all-in for 4,800,000 with is and Smith instantly called.
The flop kept Smith’s pocket kings in front, busted Nielsen and saw Smith crowned 2014 Unibet Open Cannes champion.
2014 Unibet Open Cannes Final Table Results
|6||Nicolas Le Floch||€18,720|
Next up for the Unibet Open is the London Main Event that runs from November 27-30 at Aspers casino in Stratford. The only place to qualify for this €1,100 buy-in tournament is at Unibet Poker so head there now and win your way to the English capital.