Unibet Open Heads Back to London on May 20-26

Unibet Open Heads Back to London on May 20-26

2019 Unibet Open London

Table Of Contents

  • History of the Unibet Open Main Event
  • Unibet Open London Main Event Champions
  • 2019 Unibet Open London schedule

The Unibet Open heads to the British capital of London for the eighth time in the tour’s history on May 20-26 at the The Poker Room above the iconic Grosvenor Victoria Casino.

PokerNews will once again be on hand to cover the highlight of the festival, the Unibet Open £990 Main Event, which features three opening flights on May 23-24.

The Main Event is a deep-stacked affair with players beginning all three opening flights with 30,000 in chips. The first two flights feature one-hour blind levels while Day 1C is faster paced with 20-minute blinds. The tournament allows for one reentry on Day 1C provided that they were eliminated on Day 1A or Day 1B.

Players bagging chips will compete for two more days on May 25-26 until a winner is crowned.

History of the Unibet Open Main Event

The Unibet Open London Main Event hasn’t always had a £990 buy-in as it has boasted a few different price points. In 2009, Thanh Doan won the inaugural Unibet Open London Main Event featuring a £2,750 buy-in after besting a field of 266 entrants for £187,000. This was the largest single prize won at a Unibet Open London Main Event.

The buy-ins were progressively reduced in subsequent years making the event more affordable. It reached a low of £825 buy-in in 2016 when Dave Shallow triumphed in the event for £62,200.

A sweet spot has been reached with the current £990 buy-in being the same in 2017 and last year in 2018 when reigning champion .

Andreas Wiborg Wins the 2018 Unibet Open London Main Event
Andreas Wiborg wins the 2018 Unibet Open London Main Event.

Unibet Open London Main Event Champions

Year Buy-in Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
2009 £2,750 266 £665,000 Thanh Doan £187,000
2010 £1,650 273 £409,500 Paul Valkenburg £109,550
2012 £1,320 315 £378,000 Pratik Ghatge £85,050
2014 €1,100 399 £319,200 Iaron Lightbourne £70,000
2016 £825 418 £313,500 Dave Shallow £62,000
2017 £990 419 £377,100 Gerret Van Lancker £71,950
2018 £990 349 £314,100 Andreas Wiborg £56,807
2019 £990        

2019 Unibet Open London schedule

As usual, the Unibet Open London features tons of side events, satellites, and two invitation-only events including the Unibet Tag Team Championship and the Unibet Battle Royale on May 22.

Other highlights on the schedule include the £2,200 High Roller (May 22-23), the £500 Unibet DSO Cup (May 25-26), the £110 #QUEENRULES Ladies Event (May 25), the £220 Turbo Bounty (May 25), and the £110 NLH Turbo (May 26).

Date Time (GMT) Event Buy-in Levels Starting Stack
May 20 8 p.m. Satellite Main Event £165 20 min. 10,000
May 21 8 p.m. Satellite High Roller £330 20 min. 15,000
May 22 12 p.m. Unibet Tag Team Championship 15 min. 25,000
  7 p.m. Unibet Battle Royale 20 min. 25,000
  7 p.m. Satellite Main Event £165 20 min. 10,000
  8 p.m. NLH Highroller – Day 1 £2,200 20 min. 30,000
May 23 11 a.m. Main Event – Day 1A £990 60 min. 30,000
  12 p.m. NLH Highroller – Day 2 £2,200 40 min. 30,000
  8 p.m. Satellite Main Event £165 20 min. 10,000
May 24 11 a.m. Main Event – Day 1B £990 60 min. 30,000
  8 p.m. Main Event – Day 1C £990 20 min. 30,000
May 25 12 p.m. Main Event – Day 2 60 min.
  2 p.m. Unibet DSO Cup – Day 1 £500 30/40 min. 20,000
  3 p.m. #Queenrules (Ladies Event) £110 25 min. 15,000
  9 p.m. Turbo Bounty (£100 Bounty) £220 15 min. 15,000
May 25 12 p.m. Main Event – Day 3 – Final Table 60 min.
  12 p.m. Unibet DSO Cup – Day 2 40 min.
  1 p.m. NLH Turbo £110 15 min. 10,000

Follow PokerNews throughout the week as our live reporting team will be on hand to cover the entire 2019 Unibet Open London Main Event from start to finish.



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