EPT8 Berlin: Romanello closing on Player of the Year title with another final table

ept-thumb-promo.jpgAt the beginning of the season the EPT Player of the Year award is a distant blip on the horizon. It's barely mentioned by the players who are, somewhat understandably, more focussed on the schedule and destinations than bagging an award which takes consistent deep finishes in both main and side events. It takes commitment, a fat bankroll and a hell of a lot of air miles.

Now with just the Grand Final left after this week we've got some great players in the top ten but pulling into the final bend it's Czech Ondrej Vinklarek who's the one to catch, but he's certainly know in reach thanks to Roberto Romanello's performance in this afternoon's €2,000 PLO turbo. The Welshman finished fifth for €7,520 picking up what we guestimate as 195 points.

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Romanello playing at EPT Copenhagen earlier this season

Thanks go from Romanello to Wilfried Harig who burst the bubble with T♦7♠8♥8♠ on a 4♦8♣7♣ flop against K♠T♣A♣K♥ to take the chip lead with six left (47 players started). Romanello went shortly after not before saying: "That's player of the year points." Juha Helppi is among the four players left playing for the €34,780 first place prize.

Today's final table makes for Romanello's eighth cash of EPT Season 8, the highlight being 2nd in a €2,000 no-limit hold'em side event for €100,000, the scene of his EPT title victory the season prior.

The top ten (this morning)
1. Ondrej Vinklarek, 2,935
2. Roberto Romanello, 2,540
3. Martin Finger, 2,435
4. Steve O'Dwyer, 2,430
5. Nick Yunis, 2,285
6. Bryn Kenney, 2,100
7. Mick Graydon, 2,020
8. Jonathan Duhamel, 1,960
9. Govert Metaal, 1,720
10. Konstantin Puchkov, 1,665
10. Eugene Katchalov, 1,655

The top ten (as of now)
1. Ondrej Vinklarek, 2,935
2. Roberto Romanello, 2,735

If our vague rambling calculations are correct Romanello is now just a 200 points behind. A full EPT package is up for grabs for the winner but, let's face it, Romanello is after the glory. Vinklarek is going to have fight hard if he's to keep out in front.

Tournament snapshot
Level 9: blinds 400-800, ante 100
Players: 165 of 243
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Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in Berlin