It can be tough for a poker player to make a career from playing the game. It can be equally as tough to earn major title wins in various formats, such as a World Poker Tour and WSOP win. In the poker world, a triple crown seems the most elusive, earning a WPT, WSOP and EPT win. Players who can do this are considered the best of the best, having mastered a win from all three major poker tours. Just this week, poker player Robert Romanella managed to finally take down a WSOP event, earning his first bracelet and the Triple Crown title.
How He Got There
In 2010, Romanello was able to win the European Poker Tour Prague, starting on the path to the Triple Crown. Just three months later, he won the World Poker Tour Main Event and only needed a WSOP bracelet win to be a Triple Crown winner. However, the WSOP title would remain elusive.
It took Romanello nine long years to win a World Series of Poker title and become one of only a few poker players to have accomplished the Triple Crown. The poker player competed in Event #39 via GGPoker and outlasted 922 players to win $212,613 in prize money and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
With the win, the poker pro became only the 9th individual to have completed the Triple Crown. In speaking with PokerNews, Romanello stated that his first EPT win was special and this one was just as sweet, though he focuses more time on his family now rather than focusing solely on poker.
Now the father of Twins, Romanello does not travel like he used to for competition. He has been to Vegas to compete in a few events but does not stay for full grinds because it is hard for him to be away from his family including the twins for long periods of time. In the past, he would spend six to seven weeks at a time in Sin City playing poker.
His family owns and operates a popular chain of fish and chips restaurants, and this family business allowed him to be away and compete in various poker events in the past.
And of course now, players can easily take a trip to play in a poker tournament. The coronavirus has basically shutdown live poker gaming, with only a few venues offering limited poker gaming in land-based form currently around the world.
The main reason that Romanello was able to compete in the WSOP right now was because the brand took the option online via its own website as well as GGPoker. With the online competition, players from around the world can take part in WSOP events with the chance to win a coveted gold bracelet.
Romanello will not be the last WSOP gold bracelet winner this year, but he will most likely be the last Triple Crown winner for quite some time! The accomplishment is truly a great one that the pro should be proud of!