Roberto Romanello is the PokerStars.com EPT Prague Main Event Champion and a worthy one at that. Since Day 1b Romanello has been amongst the chipleaders and after defeating Emilliano Bono heads-up he now has the trophy, the title and €640,000 in his back pocket!
He came into the final table fifth from eight in chips but he played perfectly all the way through and thoroughly deserved to win each and every single one of the 16,890,000 chips in play.
Romanello has entertained his opponents and the media alike with his witty banter, his happy go lucky attitude and the fact that he is one of poker's true gentleman. Ask anybody in this industry to speak a bad word of him and you will not find a single soul who will do so.
After being overcome with emotion and having to leave the tournament area, Romanello composed himself and returned to rapturous applause from the spectators, staff, media and railbirds who had all gathered round to welcome the new champion.
After accepting the winner's trophy, Romanello asked if he could say a few words. After asking for a round of applause for the tournament dealers, who have been superb once again, Romanello had this to say to his supporters.
"The support was superb all week. I feel like everyone wanted me to win and it feels so good to actually do it."
This result is Romanello's biggest by a long shot, more than four times his previous largest cash, which stood at $200,000. However, you get the feeling from his reaction that the money, although extremely welcome, means less than being able to call himself EPT Prague Champion.
From everyone here at PokerNews.com, congratulations to Roberto Romanello, the 2010 PokerStars.com EPT Prague Main Event Champion!