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Unibet Open London Poker Festival Begins

Main Event Satellite Sets Off Poker Festivities In London This Evening


The Unibet Open London 2012 festival kicks off today, Sept. 12, and runs for five days, peaking with the crowning of the main event champion on Sunday, Sept. 16. The flurry of poker activity takes place at the brand new Aspers Westfield Casino in the heart of East London.

Action kicks off with a £100 + £10 satellite for the main event at 8 p.m. this evening. Registration opens at 7 p.m. and players will begin with a stack of 3,000.

There will be three 30-minute blind levels for the rebuy period and then the levels will shorten to 15 minutes thereafter. Plus there is a double add-on of 6,000. The same satellite takes place tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. for those hoping to make day 1B.

Thursday also sees day 1A of the €1,500 + €150 buy-in, no-limit hold’em freezeout main event. The highlight of the festival gets going at noon but players can register from 10 a.m.. The event is capped at 400 players and the starting stack is 20,000 with 60-minute blind levels.

The final table plays out this Sunday, Sept. 16, starting from 2 p.m.. The event was previously won by Thanh Doan when he topped a field of 266 for a payday of £187,000 in 2009 and Paul Valkenburg who received £109,550 in 2010 for besting a field of 272.

Throughout the week there are many side events taking place including a new £200 + £20 heads-up event tomorrow at 2 p.m., a £135 + £15 no-limit hold’em ladies event on Friday at 7 p.m., a £450 + £50 buy-in no-limit hold’em, two-day event at 8 p.m. also on Friday, a £180 + £20 Omaha event on Saturday at 4 p.m., and a £180 + £20 no-limit hold’em, shorthanded six-max on the final day at 4 p.m..

For those looking for something different there is also the £135 + £15 Flips Championship this Friday at 10 p.m. where the best out of three coin flips wins, plus the £180 + £20 buy-in, eighthanded random bounty on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m..