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Roberto Romanello Returns to the UK Global Poker Index Top 20

Roberto Romanello

Triple Crown chasing Welshman Roberto Romanello returns to the United Kingdom’s Global Poker Index Top 20 following a trio of cashes over the past couple of months.

Romanello, a former European Poker Tour Prague and World Poker Tour Bratislava champion, had a difficult time at the felt in 2013 and played a much reduced schedule as a result. It no looks like the Welsh wizard has regrouped and is back to his brilliant best judging by his 2014 results.

The popular, vocal pro headed to Venice in March for the WPT festival taking place there. Here, Romanello finished third in a €250 buy-in side event (€950 in prizes) and won a €2,500 High Roller event for €12,872.

From Venice, Romanello stayed in Italy and headed to Sanremo for the EPT. A deep run in the €4,900 buy-in Main Event ended with a 64th place finish – and €9,180 in prize money – before Romanello won €22,400 by finishing second in a €2,150 Side Event, an amount that included an EPPT Grand Final seat.

Two of Romanello’s peers also had profitable trips to Sanremo and have climbed up the UK’s leaderboard as a result. Tamer Kamel finished seventh in the €10,300 High Roller for €47,800 and a whole bucketful of points, while Oliver Price came fourth in a €2,200 side event for €32,100 and plenty of GPI points.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (April 24, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
122Stephen Chidwick2912.94
248David Vamplew2640.47
356Max Silver2497.80
465Zimnan Ziyard2383.39
584Tom Hall2237.23
6102Chris Moorman2159.80
7107Jack Salter2128.43
8128Toby Lewis2040.39
9129Tamer Kamel2040.00
10160Simon Deadman1873.11
11179Oliver Price1821.18
12181Rhys Jones1810.52
13183Tom Alner1809.45
14227Senh Man Ung1707.50
15232Steve Watts1691.94
16239Christopher Brammer1647.56
17240Eli Heath1670.82
18267Craig McCorkell1604.80
19273Liv Boeree1595.51
20275Roberto Romanello1592.62

Dermot Blain Still Top in Ireland; Nothing Separating 2nd Through 6th

Dermot Blain
Dermot Blain

Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain is still the number one ranked player in the Ireland Global Poker Index despite a quite year so far in 2014 that has yielded a single cash, although that was a win in a €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha event at EPT Deauville.

Blain’s 1,848.91 points are enough to place him 169th in the world and gives him bragging rights about being the only Irishman in the coveted GPI Top 300.

While there is a 631 point gap separating Blain from the chasing pack, there are only 143 points between places two through six.

Currently occupying the second place berth is Peter Murphy, who is also ranked 29th in Ireland for his online poker tournament exploits. Murphy’s most recent major live cash came in March 2014 when he finished 59/534 in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event – the one that Chris Moorman won – for $18,970.

Third place currently belongs to former November Nine member Eoghan O’Dea. In February 2014, O’Dea finished eighth in the Aussie Millions Main Event for A$130,000, but he’s been absent from the in-the-money lists since then.

Filling positions fourth through sixth are Marc “sluglife” MacDonnell, Chris Dowling and online star Jude Ainsworth.

Ireland Global Poker Index Top 20 (April 24, 2014)

Ireland RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1169Dermot Blain1848.91
2525Peter Murphy1217.84
3554Eoghan O’Dea1185.57
4574Marc MacDonnell1160.57
5579Chris Dowling1156.34
6663Jude Ainsworth1074.04
7831Andrew Sweeney961.60
8846Andrew King952.64
9926Sean Prendiville914.15
101056Paul Delaney836.28
111205Padraig Parkinson776.18
121263John O’Shea758.45
131314Michael Graydon739.51
141526David Lappin678.44
151540Daragh Davey674.37
161545Fergal Nealon672.82
171725Dara O’Kearney624.09
181743Gavin O’Rourke620.27
191889Larry Ryan585.75
201995Jason Tompkins569.64

There are plenty of opportunities to bank precious GPI leaderboard – and Player of the Year – points in the coming weeks and months. The EPT Grand Final festivities are already under way, with Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Brighton, WPT National Newcatle, the UKIPT Nottingham festival and Genting Poker Series Stoke all set to play out before the end of May. And let’s not forget we are rapidly approaching the 2014 World Series of Poker where, mark my words, the Brits and Irish are going to completely crush!

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