Just as the 2018 EPT Barcelona came to an end, the 2018 Unibet Poker Belgian Championship is keeping the excitement alive among the poker enthusiasts and players. Competing on a fierce felt, 458 strong, Christophe De Meulder finally took down the Main Event champion’s title. Along with the trophy, he also bagged the handsome top prize of €42,020.
Meulder at the 2018 Unibet Main Event
The felt had attracted 438 entrants which narrowed down to 9 players, in the final table. The elimination started with Fabrice Halleux. Dominique Potenza railed Halleux in the 9th place with his higher pair of kings on a board which had flipped .
Werner Schroons‘ had to leave the felt when Samir Akhoullou railed him with his ace cards. Post break, it was a tough encounter between Meulder and Dupont. Christophe 3-bet to 825,000. Although Dupont had higher cards ( ), and the board had flipped on the river, he could not evade his elimination in the 7th place.
Soon, it was the fight of survival between Tom Hermans and Potenza. Sadly, despite his strong defence, Hermans was eliminated by Potenza’s pocket nines.
Following Hermans, three more eliminations took place, one after the other. First, Jonas Van Baelen was railed by Meulder in the fifth place. After him, Koen Lauwereys and Dominique Potenza‘s elimination in the 4th and 3rd place, respectively, paved way for the thrill-packed heads-up. Apparently, the eliminations are ironic owing to the fact Akhoullou and Meulder eliminated one player each to reach the heads-up.
Then began the heads-up battle- Samir Akhoullou VS Meulder. Akhoullou started the heads-up with 13,250,000 while Meulder started with 8,650,000. After a tough fight, the latter took down the trophy with his four of a kind fives.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Christophe De Meulder – €42,020
2. Samir Akhoullou – €26,270
3. Dominique Potenza – €18,120
4. Koen Lauwereys – €13,420
5. Jonas van Baelen – €10,320
6. Tom Hermans – €7,940
7. Peter Dupont – €6,350
8. Schroons Werner – €5,080
9. Fabrice Halleux – €4,070