Roberto Romanello takes down EPT Prague
Roberto Romanello has won the EPT Prague.
The Welshman came through a field of 563 to claim the €640,000 first prize, the victory marking his first major title since turning professional in 2005.
He began the eight-handed final table fifth in chips, but made it to heads-up play against Italian Emilliano Bono. Romanello enjoyed a 10.6m to 6.3m chip lead going into the final two and made the most of his advantage, at one point winning five pots in a row. The final hand saw his Ts-Tc in a race with Bono's Ad-Jc. A Td-4c-4d flop gave Romanello a full house and the turn and river served only to confirm his victory.
A clearly emotional Romanello was a popular winner among the gathered rail and media, eventually composing himself enough to offer a reaction to what can be considered his breakthrough success."This means everything to me," he said. "I felt I had so much support here and I would like to thank everyone who has given it."