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Romanello's Quest For Second WPT Title Is Still On

Roberto Romanello (Photo: Francesco Rizzo / WPT)

Yesterday saw 95 poker players return to their seats at the Casino Di Venezia Ca'noghera to play out Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Venice Main Event. Despite five 90-minute levels being pencilled in only four were played and during which time more than half of the field was eliminated meaning a 40-strong crowd will be present for today's Day 3.

The man everyone has to catch is the extremely vocal Wanny Piazza who bagged up an impressive 373,500 chips at the end of the day, 100,000 more than anyone else still in with a shout of becoming a WPT Champion. Piazaa is a relatively unknown player in European poker but he does have a number of impressive results in small buy-ins, particularly in neighbouring Slovenia.

Although Piazza leads this humble scribbler will be keeping at least one eye on the man who will start the day 13th in chips, a certain Roberto Romanello. The Welshman was in a quieter than usual mood during Day 2 but he still ended with a 167,100 stack. Romanello, who won WPT Bratislava, is one of two former WPT Champions still in the field the other being American pro Taylor von Kriegenbergh who finds himself third in chips with his 326,900 stack.

The plan today is to play down to the final 18 players meaning the money bubble is guaranteed to burst, always an exciting time in a poker tournament! When unfortunate 28th place finisher is decided each of the remaining players will have locked up at least €5,705 for their efforts over the past week and by the time play is paused everyone will be guaranteed at least €7,510 for their troubles.

Play resumes at 1300 CET and all updates can be found on the respective World Poker Tour and PartyPoker live updates pages.

Top Five Chip Counts

PositionNameChips
1Wanny Piazza373,500
2Marvin Rettenmaier330,000
3Taylor von Kriegenbergh326,900
4Andrea Dato282,500
5Michele Caroli279,000

Other Notables

PositionNameChips
8Ronnie Bardah225,000
10Steve O'Dwyer197,900
19Dario Alioto130,000
31Arnaud Mattern70,000
35Kristijonas Andrulis65,000

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