A new day, a new winner for the main event, and as luck would have it was the turn of Alan Carr – not Chatty Man’s host but a regular of the British cash game– who brought home the top prize after conquering the Unibet Open that was hosted in Malta.
The Unibet Open Malta Main Event has a €1,100 entry fee and it a grand affair. With more than 327 entries it only shows that there’s a huge prize pool up for grabs. Alan Carr’s best result in his poker playing career to date was ascertained when it was just three players left. The trio of poker players struck a deal to ensure the game became leveled out three-handed.
Carr is a perfect example of the reason the Unibet Open satellites is seen as the best in the industry for now as regards qualification for any tournament, in particular a Main Event. Apparently, Carr’s qualification was purely by accident because of his first step online entry into the tournament– for a token of €5 in the satellites which can only be used to play when you’ve qualified. This means that radical regs cannot continue mopping up tickets for the tournament or t-dollars immediately they have gotten their first and only ticket for the tournament.
Carr who is a native of Great Britain, was used to cash games as tournaments were unfamiliar territory to him. He eventually went on to pick the title. During the game, another British player was looking like the likeliest person to win the title, the player was Matthew Ireland. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as he crashed top 2 into a set of jacks, this made him go down to short stack instead of chip leader. At the end of the day he ended up in 8th place.
Players like Serdar Demircan, Tonio Roeder and Henri Jantunen, all left before the final 4 players, with Deivis Rinkevicius from Lithuania acting as a constant aggressor. He would be very unlucky to come in 4th place, nevertheless, and the 3 standing players came to a conclusion that protection was the best strategy to remain in the game and each of the players locked up €44,880 as a minimum. This isn’t bad for a one weekend in Malta which is considered the sun-kissed haven of poker.
Carr did not have mercy on Italian player Luca Beretta as he went for the jugular when it was discovered that his full house was better than his opponent’s. Chris Heidelbecker was the lucky one to take €44,880 for third place, while Beretta raked in €48,550 as a runner-up.
The Main Event victory of Alan Carr may not be convincing enough for him to make the switch from cash games to tournament poker in the near future. This result has given him the exposure he needs on the live tournament stage and which might make him a major contender in subsequent tournaments.
*shows prizes after a three-way deal was agreed.