Roberto Romanello is the man who everyone has to catch if they want to claim the top spot in the Global Poker Index (GPI) Top 100 UK rankings. Chris Moorman and Toby Lewis are hot on the Welshman's heels.
Romanello has had a great time at the felt over the past 12-months and although he has not had any major outright victories, he has cashed no fewer than 10 events around the world. The popular pro's consistency – especially on the European Poker Tour (EPT) – earned him the titles of “Players Choice Player of The Year” and “EPT Achievement of the Year.”
His overall points tally is bolstered by his EPT Prague win and his World Poker Tour Bratislava victories in 2011 but thanks to the GPIs unique way of giving less credit to historical results Romanello cannot afford to rest on his laurels if he wants to stay on top of the rankings and improve on his 21st worldwide ranking.
A large percentage of Moorman's 2,108.34 points stem from his amazing performances at the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the WSOPE. At the 2011 WSOP Moorman cashed five times, reached three final tables (2nd, 3rd and 7th) for total winnings of $1,051,466. he followed that up with a runner-up finish in the WSOPE Main Event for a further €800,000; though we believe he struck a deal with the eventual winner Elio Fox that saw Moorman leave Cannes with a cool one million Euros.
This year has not been as kind to Moorman but the 27-year old has still put up some impressive results. Three cashes at the 2012 WSOP were preceded by two cashes at the Aussie Millions (one final table), an outright win in the EPT Madrid 8-Max Bounty and a runner-up finish in the EPT Berlin High Roller (€145,200).
To go with Moorman's number two UK rank, he also finds himself ranked 28th in the world. This is quite a fall from his previous highest ranking of 8th but the Brighton-lad knows he is just one deep run from climbing right back up the leader board.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Moorman's nearest rival is his friend Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis who saw his points tally added to with six cashes in Las Vegas during the summer. The former EPT Vilamoura champion's largest score of the year so far tops the scales at €129,118 which he picked up for finishing second to the man of the moment, Dan Smith, in the €5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max event held at the EPT Grand Final.
Rounding off the top 10 places are Stephen Chidwick, JP Kelly, Sam Trickett, Martins Adeniya, John Eames, James Dempsey, and Jake Cody.
With Season 9 of the EPT under way and Season X of the World Poker Tour also in full swing, along with the 2012 WSOPE being on the horizon it will be interesting to see how much movement there is between the top 10 players and if we can get any more players into the top 100 of the world rankings.
GPI Top 10 UK Players