Roberto Romanello wins PartyPoker European Open V
Over the weekend, popular Welsh player Roberto Romanello finally captured that major title that many experts believe has been evading him for so long. He overcame a tough final table that was a real 'Best of British' affair that should make for a really good watch when it is televised later on this year. This is an event that has a tendency to really launch a player onto the big stage and Roberto is surely going to fit in very well up there, because he is a player that was born to be on TV.
Romanello is a fish and chip shop owner from Wales whose family chain of Roma's Fish Bar have been voted the best in Wales. His entire family are well known on the UK circuit, in particular for their relentlessly friendly and amusing table talk. Romanello has made many big final tables (And was also perhaps better known seen on ESPN making one of the greatest laydowns ever in the WSOP Main Event) but always fell short at the final hurdle:
"I've made so many final tables but never managed to nail down a title – this win couldn't mean any more to me," said a tearful Romanello, who was a very popular winner. "The money will go straight back to my family."
Roberto got to the final via the second chance turbo route after coming second in his original heat and is the first player in history in this format to snatch a title via the 2nd chance heats. He defeated Neil Channing, Marc Goodwin, Andy Ward, Craig Burgess (Who made this final last year) and William Taylor at the final on his way to a $200,000 pay day.
Eddie Hearn, Director of Matchroom Sport said, "This PartyPoker.com European Open saw the events toughest field to date and Roberto Romanello was a worthy champion. It's not often you see the winner of a poker event breakdown in tears and that's a measure of just what this title means to the players."
A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: "When the final table was set many could not look beyond Neil Channing and Marc Goodwin but Roberto Romanello is a truly deserving winner. We'd like to congratulate him and his strong group of supporters – there hasn't been such a popular winner!"
Final Table Results:
1st - Roberto Romanello - $200,000
2nd - Marc Goodwin - $100,000
3rd - Andy Ward - $50,000
4th - Craig Burgess - $30,000
5th - Neil Channing - $25,000
6th - William Taylor - $20,000
LoveJoy tearing up the Venetian
Stateside one of our home-grown talents is really making an impact at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza in Vegas. Kevin 'LoveJoy' O'Leary has been flying under the radar despite notching up a lot of impressive results in the last year, including the GUKPT Heads Up Championship in 2007 and the Caesars Palace Mega Stack Championships last summer in Vegas.
Now the Londoner is back in Vegas and has just won back to back events in the month long series and is currently on course to win the player of the series award. O'Leary is no stranger to deepstack poker, having won the aforementioned Caesars Mega Stack Championship as well as two other events from previous Deepstack Extravanzas, making 5 deepstack titles in Vegas in the last two years. We will be keeping an eye on O'Leary for the rest of the series and having a few words with him when he returns back to the UK.
Pokerstars Celebrate Biggest Ever Weekend
At the end of 2009 Pokerstars.net held a record breaking weekend that shattered all internet traffic records and we all thought it would be a long time before the feat was matched. We were wrong.
Last weekend, during the celebrations for their 25th Billionth Hand, they had at one point on Sunday 51985 players at the cash tables waiting to be dealt the 25th Billionth Hand, with around a 46,000 peak on the three days previous. Once again you would be forgiven for thinking there was a recession on when you looked at the lobby of the biggest online poker room in the world.
The 25th Billionth Hand was eventually dealt at a $0.25/$0.50 Omaha hi-lo table, which ended in a split pot (as they often do in hi-lo) which meant that the table paid out the following players as follows (The winners of the tourney package also won a staggering PCA, EPT Monte Carlo, WSOP Main Event and WCOOP Main Event buy-in):
NeonFrost: Won high pot — $50,000 and tourney package
tupapi777: Won low pot — $50,000 and tourney package
Hats off once again to Pokerstars.net who have managed to get as far as 25 billion hands because of their amazing promotions and customer service. They literally have promotions like this all the time, so if you are in the minority that don't play at Pokerstars.net then maybe it's time you saw what all the fuss was about.