Roberto Romanello Tops Special Bluff Europe Rankings; John Eames and Jake Cody in Top 10

Roberto Romanello

Along with the Global Poker Index Player of the Year, another award that is highly sought after is the Bluff Player of the Year. For more than three years, Bluff’s European-facing arm has been awarding ranking points for those players who finish in the money in major European-based events. A lack of marquee events in 2013 has led to some very interesting findings in this particular ranking system.

In 2013 so far, the only European event that would have an influence on the rankings is the European Poker Tour Deauville main event. According to the Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller, “the top ten more or less resembled the top ten in the [EPT Deauville] main event.” With that in mind, Conneller set out to have a look at his ranking system over the longer term.

Conneller went through several hundred qualifying tournaments (any tournament with a buy-in of £500 or over that has at least 75 runners) that have taken place over the past three years. His results are shown in the table below.

PositionPlayerCountryRanking points
1Roberto RomanelloUK46,279
2Per LindeSweden30,080
3Fabrice SoulierFrance28,380
4Bruno LopesFrance28,358
5Nicolas LeviFrance28,319
6Nicolo CaliaItaly28,124
7Hugo Lemaire27,879 
8John EamesUK27,045
9Jake CodyUK27,045
10Roger HairabedianFrance25,707

As you can see from the results, our very own Roberto Romanello is the runaway leader of this special edition of the rankings, and by a fair distance too. Romanello’s huge points haul has been helped by his European Poker Tour Prague and World Poker Tour Bratislava titles, but also by the fact he consistently goes deep in both major tournaments and their side events.

Romanello’s record in EPT side events last season earned him the EPT Achievement of the Year award and the Player’s Choice award.

DateEPT DestinationEventFinishPrize
29 Aug 2011EPT Barcelona€2,000 NLHE5th€26,300
01 Sep 2011EPT Barcelona€5,000 NLHE 6-max Turbo1st€110,250
30 Sep 2011EPT London£5,000 NLHE Main Event37th£13,000
06 Oct 2011EPT London£10,000 NLHE 6-max High Roller Turbo6th£32,300
22 Oct 2011EPT San Remo€2,000 NLHE Bounty13th€3,100
16 Nov 2011EPT Loutraki€300 NLHE Turbo4th€1,800
18 Nov 2011EPT Loutraki€300 NLHE Turbo10th€700
07 Dec 2011EPT Prague€2,000 NLHE2nd€100,000
10 Jan 2012PCA$1,000 NLHE Survivor7th$9,000
02 Feb 2012EPT Deauville€400 NLHE Bounty3rd€3,400
23 Feb 2012EPT CopengahenDKr 7,500 NLHE Turbo Bounty2ndDKr 42,056
26 Mar 2012EPT Campione€5,000 NLHE Main Event49th€9,000
16 Apr 2012EPT Berlin€2,000 PLO Turbo5th€7,520

Also in the top 10 are two of Romanello’s fellow Brits, John Eames and Jake Cody. Eames, who was recently signed by IveyPoker, is a regular on both the EPT and European-based WPT circuits and is one of many Brits who makes the pilgrimage to Las Vegas each summer for the World Series of Poker.

Team PokerStars Pro Cody has a list of impressive results as long as your arm. The youngest-ever “Triple Crown” winner’s points total was certainly helped by his WPT London, EPT Deauville and WSOP bracelet wins, but also his unnerving ability to go deep in major tournaments seemingly at will!

Speaking of the results, Conneller said, “It’s interesting because Romanello’s never won our Player of the Year title before. Last year he came second and he is usually in or around the top 20. But as you can see, over this larger sample size he is killing it!”

For those of you who would like to work out your own results, you can use the following formula:

Total points = (runners + buy-in) x (cash winners or top 15% - (rank – 1)) / cash winners

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