Whilst British players missed out on European Poker Tour glory in the PokerStars sponsored EPT Prague Main Event they did have some success in the side events, as Roberto Romanello and John Eames chopped the €2,000 tournament. It is not the first time the pair have been on the same final table as they reached the last nine of the €1,090 buy-in event at the World Series of Poker Europe.
The popular duo played four-handed with Mikhail Petrov and Tolik Shkoyan for what seemed like forever before finding themselves heads up against each other. They agreed to chop the remaining prizepool and take €100,000 each before agreeing to go all in blind and let the cards decide who would take the official win. Eames held to Romanello's dominating but a jack landed on the turn to award the win to Eames.
Eames' friends joked on his Facebook page that PokerStars should rename the €2,000 side event the “John Eames Invitational” after the success he has had in it. Last year he won the €2,000 event at EPT Vienna and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the same event in Barcelona and now this win. Anyone who is around the live European circuit knows it is only a matter of time before young “Eddie” Eames helps himself to a massive score.
Prague will be fast becoming Romanello's favourite destination as he has had some great results in the Czech Republic. Back in 2007 he went deep in a €1,000 side event before cashing in the 2008 Main Event before scooping his first major title when he took down the 2010 (EPT7) Prague Main Event for a cool €640,000.
The EPT next stops in the Bahamas for the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure before returning to European soil for EPT Deauville on January 31-Feb 6. The next major live event in Europe kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday 13 December, when the World Poker Tour drops anchor in Venice.
Can the Brits being home the bacon in either of these stops? I guess only time will tell.