UK Poker Player Poker News Gianluca Speranza Bosses WSOPE NL Holdem Championship

Gianluca Speranza Bosses WSOPE NL Holdem Championship

Posted by Andy on October 11, 2011 at 11:55 BST

WSOPEGianluca Speranza enjoyed an inspired day at the WSOPE yesterday to take a commanding chip advantage into the third and final day of the €1,090 NL Hold´em Championship. His chip stack of 757,000 represents almost a third of the chips in play and he is 323,000 chips clear of his nearest rival – Australian Andrew Hinrichsen – an astonishing 54 big blinds back in second. UK poker player Roberto Romanello holds third place in his quest for a triple crown, and Nabil Nedjai lies in fourth courtesy of a last hand double up against the tenth place finisher, Richard Haile.

Speranza Always in the Front Line

Speranza had started the day in fourth position of the 104 players that returned for day 2 of the bracelet event, and quickly made his presence felt – eliminating World Poker Classic winner Daniel Shak, hitting a diamond flush on the turn to crush EPT Villamoura winner Toby Lewis and busting 2009 WSOPE bracelet winner Erik Cajelais when his {J♥} {J♣} held up against the Canadian´s pocket 10s. The hand that sent him into the poker chip stratosphere came against Roberto Romanello when the two were sharing the chip lead – Speranza flopping a full house of Jacks over Aces and removing half of Romanello´s stack.

Hinrichsen the Destroyer

Day 1 chip leader, Andrew Hinrichsen, maintained a strong position throughout the day in his attempt to take a WSOPE Bracelet “down under”. Having lost the chip lead in a flurry of double up as the bubble approached, he went back to the top of the leaderboard when crushing Carlo Savinelli with {A♣} {A♦} and then eliminated William Koks in eighteenth with trip Jacks, busted Ricardo Pereira in fourteenth when his {9♠} {9♦} won against Pereira´s {A♥} {4♥}, and sent Julien Varin to the rail in twelfth when his {8♣} {8♠} held on against Varin´s {A♠} {Q♣}. Had it not been for Speranza´s flopped full house against Romanello, Andrew Hinrichsen would be leading the final table.

A Good Day for John Eames

Roberto Romanello was not the only UK poker player to be enjoying a good day. John Eames, who has cashed in live poker tournaments in twelve different countries, held the chip lead at one point after doubling up against Jackson Su with {K♥} {K♣} and, despite slipping back a little during the day, made a massive double up before the close of play against Andrew Hinrichsen in a {6♣} {6♠} versus {5♠} {5♥} race. Eames tweeted that he was content about his final table position and, with so many players below the average chip stack, he has a good chance to be involved at the climax of the event.

Final Table Chip Counts

In fact, only Speranza and Hinrichsen have above-average chip stacks, so it could be a very interesting final day. Will the two leaders try to boss the smaller stacks, or will an early double up by a player towards the bottom of the leaderboard change the whole complexion of the tournament? Play starts at 2.00pm (CET) this afternoon with blinds of 3,000/6,000 and a 500 ante.





Gianluca Speranza



Andrew Hinrichsen



Roberto Romanello



Nabil Nedjai



Eric Baudry



Tarcisio Bruno



Nabil Nedjai



Gregory Lejolivet



Bernard Guigon