The Unibet Open Bucharest reached a winner in its Main Event. Molly Bloom made a celebrity appearance at the event – promoting her book, her movie, and her new business. And updates from Doug Polk’s bankroll challenge. It’s all here in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.


Vinokurov Victorious in Bucharest

After three intense days of play, Anton Vinokurov of was crowned the winner of the 2018 Unibet Open Bucharest! In addition to the trophy and bragging rights Anton gets to take home a cool €103,060.

Anton Vinokurov – winner winner.

A field of 592 players put up the €1,1000 buy-in that saw Anton win while Romania’s Cosmin Cimpeanu finished runner-up for just over 64,000 Euros. Vinokurov held the chip-lead at every stage of the final table. He would win it all when he flopped trip eights and put Cimpeanu all in on the river after the latter hit two pair.

Five countries were represented at the final table, although no Americans were present. Congrats to all the winners!

Molly’s Game

One of the bigger (if not the biggest) headline to come from the Unibet series was an appearance by Molly Bloom. “The Poker Princess” as she was labeled by the tabloids made an appearance at the event to promote her book, her movie, and well, herself.

Molly is of course best known for being the focal point of the Academy-Award nominated film Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, and for organizing some of the biggest celebrity poker games in the world in both New York and Los Angeles. And now that the movie is out, Bloom is on the interview circuit to re-brand her name and image.

“Telling my story was a solution to the giant mess I had created,” said Bloom. “I was a convicted felon and was millions of dollars in debt. The tabloids had told my story, and they aren’t the best ghostwriters. So, I believed that my unique proposition and monetizable asset was the story.”

PokerNews caught up with Bloom and you can read their write-up here.

CardPlayerLifestyle also was able sit down with Molly for a video interview. Check out Robbie’s interview below:

Quick Hitters

-Meanwhile over at the CardPlayerLifestyle blog, Robbie took his experience from living and playing overseas to write about the “5 Ways European Poker Events Differ From American Ones.” From the languages spoken, to the currencies used, and even the frequency of tips, Robbie dives in and highlights some major differences you’ll encounter across the pond.

-After a busy summer, Joey Ingram has been putting out some quality videos over on his channel. His latest has him analyzing this absolutely sick hand from Garret Adelstein. Check out the insane hand here:


-Speaking Ingram, let’s check in with his best buddy Doug Polk. The former pro poker player has decided to attempt to complete his bankroll challenge that he started two years. Doug has turned his original $100 into just over $1,000. How has journey gone over the last couple of years? Check out his journey here.

-Finally, have the rumors of the World Series of Poker leaving the Rio have been greatly exaggerated? Bart Shirley has the story over at and how the WSOP says they are planning to stay put for the foreseeable future.



Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker