Belgium player Gerret Van Lancker got his nation the first Unibet Open title at the 2017 London Main Event for £71,950 after conquering a field of 419 players. The final table featured seven countries and Indian-origin UK-based player, Bhavin Khatri, who had finished runner-up in the same 2016 event faced a particularly bad beat to exit at 5th for £17,720.
Foord-Brown claimed the first elimination in Martin Gallagher exiting at ninth place. Van Lancker emerged after Manuel Bardon was knocked out at eighth place to rail Kevin Barden at seventh. Barden’s jack-ten were useless before Van Lancker’s ace-king.
Rauno Tahvonen departed at sixth place and thereafter a truly bad beat felled Bhavin Khatri. Khatri with aces moved all-in for his last few big blinds. Van Lancker with kings called only to flop a set, sending Khatri packing at fifth place.
Van Lancker then began to mow down all the remaining players. He first removed Foord-Brown at fourth place, with a flopped two pair and then ousted Anton Kuznetsov at third, with his king-jack overcoming the latter’s eight-seven spades.
Heads-up began with Van Lancker in the lead and the final hand arrived sooner rather than later. Govedic was left with his last 1,500,000 when the levels were 60,000/120,000. He went all-in with his . Van Lancker with a superior called. The board sent out awarding Van Lancker his title, while Govedic settled for a runner-up finish pocketing £45,060.
Final Table Standings:
1. Gerret Van Lancker - £71,950
2. Dejan Govedic - £45,060
3. Anton Kuznetsov - £31,070
4. Francis Foord-Brown - £23,000
5. Bhavin Khatri - £17,720
6. Rauno Tahvonen - £13,650
7. Kevin Barden - £10,940
8. Manuel Bardon - £8,750
9. Martin Gallagher - £7,010
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