Fifteen of 603 players returned on the final day of the Unibet Open Main Event in Bucharest, but Romanian Traian Bostan was the one who survived to the end and multiplied his buy in by a factor of almost 100. The JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel played host to the largest Unibet Open Main Event ever, where the final table was dominated by Romanians.
The final table began after the stunning elimination of Nikita Malinovskiy (who was one of the top five stacks), William Hens, Cristian Dan, Martin Wendt, Gofron Plomp, and Roei Motola. Bostan was by far the shortest stack but managed to avoid being the first elimination when Juho Launonen (A, K) got into a battle with Adrian Stefan Calusaru (A, A) and was awarded €9,910 for ninth place.
Bostan then tripled his stack against Murariu, a seven-time final table player in the Unibet Open. The unlikely score came on a suited 6, 4 and the eventual winner was back in the game to stay. A series of wins by Bostan saw the fall of Ionut-Alin Tambura, followed by Eugen Chiva, who hit the rail in seventh after he busted against Cosmin Cimpeanu.
Big-man Murariu lost a big hand while holding an A, K against the Q, Q of Bostan, giving the soon-to-be-winner two thirds of his stack. Murariu was unable to recover after the massive loss and his 10, 9 fell soon after to Calusaru’s A, 4. Gabriel Gavrila followed with a fifth-place elimination to Eli Heath.
Cimpeanu was the next to hit the rail after an unextraordinary final table run. He three-bet with a suited A, 10 and was called by Heath (J, J), earning €32,800 for fourth. A quick elimination of Calusaru set heads-up play between Bostan and Heath.
Neither Heath nor Bostan was willing to give up the title without a fight, but Bostan was eventually able to grind down the UK native. Finally, Heath shoved with a Q, 7 and Bostan was quick to call with his A, Q suited. The board ran just a jack high and the ace took the title.
Final table results:
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