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Martin Soukup Wins the Unibet Open Malta Main Event for €65,000!

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  • Martin Soukup won the Unibet Open Main Event in Malta, becoming the tour's first champion from the Czech Republic.

Martin Soukup became the latest player to win a Unibet Open Main Event, emerging victorious in sunny Malta.

1Martin SoukupCzech Republic€65,000
2Vitalii BelyaevUkraine€45,000
3Gerret Van LanckerBelgium€29,000
4Piotr MarzejonPoland€21,500
5Tim van MeeneNetherlands€16,150
6Christian OstfeltSweden€12,900
7Bas de LaatNetherlands€10,700
8Griffin BengerCanada€8,550
9Emil WesterbergSweden€6,400

The final day of the Unibet Open Malta Main Event started with 10 players still in contention, playing on two five-handed tables.

The day started disastrous for chip leader Bas de Laat. He lost with ace-queen to ace-jack to double Christian Ostfelt, and lost another chunk to Vitalii Belyaev when he missed his flush draw in a three-bet pot and doubled him up.

Mariusz Czarnojan had an even worse day after he busted in 10th place. It was Griffin Benger doing the dirty work rivering a ten with nine-ten to crush Czarnojan's dreams, who had an unimproved jack-seven.

Down to nine players the finalists took centre stage and the live stream made sure people at home could follow along. Those railbirds saw Emil Westerberg bust out first. Westerberg couldn't get away from top pair and found out Bas de Laat had aces the bad way by calling all in on the river.

Benger was next to go. For quite some time he was leading this tournament on Day 2, but not much went right on Day 3. He first doubled Gerret Van Lancker, and lost the rest of his chips when his ace-king was cracked by Piotr Marzejon's ace-ten pre flop all in.

De Laat was back in the game after he had busted Westerberg, but still he would be the next to go. He first lost the biggest pot of the tournament with ace king against Belyaev's queens to drop down to the role of short stack. The remainder of his chips went to that same Belyaev he had doubled twice already today. He check raised all in with an open ended and got called by Belyaev who had paired his seven. No help for De Laat on the turn or river and he hit the rail in seventh place.

Next to go was Ostfelt who got it in with tens Martin Soukup's queens. No ten or other help for Ostefelt and he made his departure in sixth place.

Six-handed play went on for some time before Tim van Meene was extremely short and pushed with seven-five from the small blind. Big blind, Marzejon, called instantly with ace-queen and had the last Dutch player drawing dead on the turn.

Marzejon was the short stack and pushed with fours, only to run into the sixes of Soukup. A board full of blanks later meant the tournament was down to just three players.

Belgian pride Gerret Van Lancker showed some great skills with big bluffs, over bets and good lay downs. In the end, it wasn't enough for the title. He got it in good with kings to Soukup's ace-jack, but the ace on the turn meant he had to settle for third place. Minutes after Marzejon's bust out, Van Lancker was gone and the tournament was heads up just like that.

The heads up took quite some time, with both Soukup and Belyaev not eager to play big pots. The final hand broke with this tradition as Belyaev check called three streets with was, by the time the river was out, third pair. Soukup had flopped the nut flush and value betted all the way, and just like that he had won the Unibet Open Malta Main Event while Belyaev had to settle for second.

Soukup became the first Unibet Open champion from the Czech Republic, taking home €65,000. The next Unibet Open will be the Danish capital of Copenhagen; August 25th-28th.

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