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UK & Ireland Sunday Briefing: Romanello Completes Triple Crown

Roberto Romanello

It’s been a long time coming but Roberto Romanello has completed poker’s coveted triple Crown, becoming only the ninth player in history to win a WSOP bracelet, World Poker Tour Main Event and a European Poker Tour Main Event.

The popular Welshman and member of Team partypoker, won the EPT Prague Main Event in December 2010. The WPT Bratislava title came Romanello’s way in March 2011 but a WSOP bracelet continued to elude him.

That was until July 26 when Romanello outlasted 921-opponents in the WSOP #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em [Asia] event at GGPoker.

The United Kingdom’s Paul Barnes came close to winning this tournament but ultimately had to make do with the $113,866 third-place prize. Barnes’ exit left Romanello and Swedish legend Nikas Astedt heads-up.

Romanello’s pocket sevens held against Astedt’s king-queen with the assistance of a seven on the flop to gift him a 22,600,000 to 370,000 chip lead. Astedt doubled on the next hand but it was all over very soon after.

With blinds of 150,000/300,000/35,000a, Astedt was all-in for 740,000 with queen-nine. Romanello held jack-six. A jack on the flop gave Romanello the advantage, but Astedt picked up a club flush draw on the turn. The eight of hearts river was a brick, but a brick that sent Astedt home in second place with $156,905 to show for his efforts. Romanello scooped the $216,213 top prize, and his first WSOP bracelet.

Some of the other big GGPoker scores included:

  • “AndrewMc1954” – first-place in the High Rollers Blade Prime $5K for $120,755
  • “kid1591” – second-place in the Bounty Hunters Main Event $210 for $35,049*
  • “Wayneo” – seventh-place in the High Rollers Blade Prime $5K for $22,007
  • “SetoKaiba” – third-place in the High Rollers Battle Royal $525 for $19,011*
  • “sabor_de_mar” – fifth-place in the Sunday Special $250 for $13,473
  • “brynkenneyAA” – seventh-place In the Bounty Hunters Main Event $210 for $6,895*

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Beresford’s PokerStars Brace Weighs in at $38K

Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford saw his bankroll swell by more than $38,000 on July 26 thanks to winning a PokerStars Sunday Major and chopping a second.

Beresford’s victory came in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic 6-Max, a tournament that saw 105 players buy in. Some of the world’s best known players reached the top 11 finishing positions where the $106,655 prize pool was awarded.

Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas was the first player to cash. His 11th place exit secured the Lithuanian $3,077. Others who saw a return on their investment included Ivan “Negriin” Luca (10th - $3,077), Niklas “C. Darwin2” Astedt (9th - $4,007), Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski (8th - $4,007), Peter “Belabacsi” Traply (6th - $6,799), and Aliaksei “ale6ka” Boika (3rd - $15,024).

Beresford sent Max “goodeh99” Silver to the showers in second-place, which saw Silver bank $19,569. Beresford scooped the $25,489 prize and the title of champion.

The talented Brit wasn’t done there because he chopped the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up when heads-up. The deal saw Beresford finish in second place and win $12,545, which left Netherlands’ Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder to collect $15,855 and add yet another first-place finish to his poker CV.

Check out these other scores from British and Irish players at PokerStars on July 26.

  • “penguy2” – second-place in the $109 Bounty Builder for $21,988*
  • “HarryLime87” – third-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $12,262
  • Sean “MonkeyBudg” Prendiville – third-place in the Bigger $109 for $7,873
  • “TakiToRivers” – fifth-place in the Bigger $109 for $4,070
  • “cigonas100” – eighth-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $3,666*
  • “summuNNN” – third-place in the Hotter $162 PKO for $3,603*
  • Tyler “wonderboy222” Goatcher – seventh-place in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $3,401
  • “clucaspoker” – sixth-place in the Bigger $109 for $2,926
  • “ZINCC61” – seventh-place in the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $2,714*
  • Jaime “Ship It 2010” O’Connor – seventh-place in the Bigger $109 for $2,104
  • Fintan “easywithaces” Hand – third-place in the $109 Sunday Starter for $1,859
  • “mrbradleyy” – seventh-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $1,819

*includes bounty payments

$96,000 Score For Team PokerStars Lex Veldhuis

Victory at 888poker

888poker was a happy hunting ground for “RustyFish44” who took down the $25,000 Sunday Challenge. Some 253 entries ensured the $25,000 guarantee was beaten by $300 and RustyFish44 got their hands on the largest slice of the pie, namely $5,439.

They defeated Ireland’s “R3veng35” heads-up, leaving the Irish grinder to collect the $3,921 consolation prize. Michael “RipCheader Rosaman finished seventh and won $1,012.

There was a British player at the final table of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. “thevaletor” ran out of steam in ninth-place and scooped $1,500. The prize was boosted slightly because only 812 players bought in so 888poker added $18,800 to the prize pool to make up for the shortfall in the guarantee. This is still one of the best value tournaments each Sunday.

Finally, for this week’s Sunday Briefing at least, is the seventh-place finish in the $20,000 A Good Tournament by “shadow147”. This saw them turn their $215 buy-in into $714.

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