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UK & Ireland Global Poker Index: Roberto Romanello Re-Enters UK Top 20

Roberto Romanello


  • Roberto Romanello returns to the top 20 of the UK GPI following his 2015 WSOPE final table appearance.

  • Stephen Chidwick still the UK's number one ranked player.

  • Dara O'Kearney and Daragh Davey improve their standing in Ireland.

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 PokerStarsLiv 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)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
111Stephen Chidwick3664.92
240Jack Salter3108.05
346Simon Deadman2904.01
475Max Silver2565.10
5124Tom Hall2246.67
6126Oliver Price2243.79
7139Craig McCorkell2171.52
8141Niall Farrell2159.35
9159Toby Lewis2084.85
10167Charlie Carrel2045.99
11175David Vamplew2010.10
12183Alex Goulder1983.69
13204Stuart Rutter1916.03
14219Louis Salter1875.17
15242Charles Chattha1814.35
16254Liv Boeree1785.19
17261Jake Cody1774.71
18270Ludovic Gelich1758.60
19273Roberto Romanello1755.80
20276Ben Dobson1749.21

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)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1220Marc MacDonnell1874.30
2267Dermot Blain1759.71
3578Peter Murphy1321.85
4692Gavin O'Rourke1220.72
5766Jude Ainsworth1156.39
6971Daragh Davey1023.22
7998Dara O’Kearney1011.66
81115Andy Black941.57
91135Declan Connolly930.35
101172Sean Prendiville908.89
111238Kevin Killeen878.98
121339Mark Reilly839.21
131443Padraig O’Neill802.71
141521David Lappin775.56
151590Seamus Cahill755.47
161643Eoghan O'Dea744.75
171741Daniel Wilson713.43
181858John O’Shea683.84
191935Chris Dowling662.61
202017Fergal Cawley644.18

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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