Former European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague champion, Roberto Romanello, has returned to the top 20 in the United Kingdom Global Poker Index (GPI) thanks in part to a deep run in the €3,250 buy-in pot limit Omaha event at the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE).
Romanello, once ranked as highly as 10th in the world, took a break from the live poker tournament grind, but since returning to the felt has shown that he’s still got what it takes to mix it up with the best of them. Two cashes at EPT Barcelona were followed up by a fourth place finish in the aforementioned WSOPE event, the latter netting him €40,480 and being the closest the Welshman has come to securing the coveted live Triple Crown.
Two talented Brits should improve their position in both the UK and worldwide rankings when the GPI is next updated. Team PokerStars’ Liv Boeree recently finished third in the €5,200 no limit hold’em Hyper-Turbo at EPT Malta for €38,680 and 239.85 leader board points, while Niall Farrell is second from 11 in the EPT Malta Main Event (at time of writing) and set for a massive payday.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (October 30, 2015)
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Daragh Davey and Dara O’Kearney Climb
Across the Irish Sea, both Daragh Davey and Dara O’Kearney have improved their positions in the Irish standings, although it is still Marc MacDonnell who leads the way.
Davey cashed twice at the recent UKIPT Isle of Man festival, including a runner-up finish in the £1,100 High Roller for £9,147. He followed that up with three cashes at the EPT Malta festival, possibly taking advantage of home soil advantage as he now resides there.
O’Kearney is another player who had a nice score in the Isle of Man, finishing third in the same event Davey was runner-up in for £4,950. The long distance runner then finished ninth in the €2,200 no limit hold’em six-max at the 2015 WSOP for €8,970 before cashing twice at the EPT Malta festival, including a 46th place finish in the Main Event for €11,840.
As mentioned, it is MacDonnell who is still the man to catch as 2015 draws to a close. A cash in the 2015 WSOPE and two at the EPT Malta festival, including a 13/403 finish in the €2,200 IPT High Roller for €10,710 have helped him maintain a 114.59 point cushion between himself and Dermot Blain in second place.
Blain managed to close the gap a little thanks to a brace of cashes at the 2015 WSOPE and a 26/403 finish in the IPT High Roller in Malta last week.
Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (October 30, 2015)
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