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 Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|
|14||227||Senh Man Ung||1707.50|
Dermot Blain Still Top in Ireland; Nothing Separating 2nd Through 6th
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 Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|
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!