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.
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.
|29 Aug 2011||EPT Barcelona||€2,000 NLHE||5th||€26,300|
|01 Sep 2011||EPT Barcelona||€5,000 NLHE 6-max Turbo||1st||€110,250|
|30 Sep 2011||EPT London||£5,000 NLHE Main Event||37th||£13,000|
|06 Oct 2011||EPT London||£10,000 NLHE 6-max High Roller Turbo||6th||£32,300|
|22 Oct 2011||EPT San Remo||€2,000 NLHE Bounty||13th||€3,100|
|16 Nov 2011||EPT Loutraki||€300 NLHE Turbo||4th||€1,800|
|18 Nov 2011||EPT Loutraki||€300 NLHE Turbo||10th||€700|
|07 Dec 2011||EPT Prague||€2,000 NLHE||2nd||€100,000|
|10 Jan 2012||PCA||$1,000 NLHE Survivor||7th||$9,000|
|02 Feb 2012||EPT Deauville||€400 NLHE Bounty||3rd||€3,400|
|23 Feb 2012||EPT Copengahen||DKr 7,500 NLHE Turbo Bounty||2nd||DKr 42,056|
|26 Mar 2012||EPT Campione||€5,000 NLHE Main Event||49th||€9,000|
|16 Apr 2012||EPT Berlin||€2,000 PLO Turbo||5th||€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