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   Saturday, July 13 2024 
Daniel Smith illuminates in Cannes - Unibet Poker Open

Cannes was seething with excitement last weekend with the Unibet Poker Open (UPO). After Tallinn and Copenhagen, the UPO made a stop in Cannes by running five events; including the traditional € 1,100 buy-in Main Event. Players would enter the game with a stack of 20,000 chips for 60-minute level of play. Thanks to the re-entry formula which remained till the fourth level of the two starting day flights, the prestigious poker room “Casino Barrière Le Croisette” saw a total of 457 entrants. Interestingly, the poker event attracted many celebrities, some of whom contributed in enlarging the UPO’s re-entry rate. Philip Ktorza, Pierre Ménès, Jan Koller, Peter Calamusa, Hugo Pingray and Drea Utvik Karlsen… are among them.

In the previous edition, Quentin Lecomte had emerged victorious in the Main Event and took home his first and biggest prize in live poker tournament. A year later, Daniel Smith was crowned “winner” of the Unibet Poker Open by topping the eight remaining players of the final table. England’s Daniel Smith won the tournament after a heads-up clash against Michael Nielsen. Smith cashed € 88,000 for his victory. Runner-up Nielsen consoled himself with € 62,000 of prize. France-based poker players did not perform well in this Cannes UPO. Despite all this, they managed to save France’s honor by reaching the final table. Alain Roy fell to third place for € 40,000. Nicolas Le Floch (6th) and Giuseppe Zarbo (7th) respectively earned € 18,270 and € 8,800. The other finalists include Davor Pavic (4th, € 30,000), Krzysztof Stuchlik (5th, € 22,000), Vinod Jadav (7th, € 14,600) and Daniel Johansson (8th, € 11,200).

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