Far­rell lands huge pay­day

Poker ace now top of the Scots

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - An­drew McNair

Dum­fries poker star Niall Far­rell is Scot­land’s top player of all-time after a stun­ning £655,000 win in the Czech Re­pub­lic.

He did it by win­ning his first World Se­ries of Poker bracelet, the only Scot in his­tory to do so, to com­plete poker’s live triple crown.

And he wasn’t done there as at the time of go­ing to print yes­ter­day he’d made the fi­nal nine play­ers from a field of more than 500 in the World Se­ries of Poker Europe main event.

He led the chip-count early yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in the tour­na­ment which paid out around £1m to the even­tual win­ner.

The 30-year-old, who stud­ied at Dundee Univer­sity, said after his vic­tory last Fri­day: “I want to say a mas­sive thank-you to ev­ery­one for the sup­port th­ese last cou­ple of days. Hon­estly, it warms my heart to have so much sup­port.”

Far­rell was up against 112 oth­ers in the 25,000 Euro High Roller in Roz­vadov. He beat French­man Ben­jamin Pol­lak heads-up to seize vic­tory.

Far­rell al­ready had World Poker Tour and Euro­pean Poker Tour ti­tles to his name after he won EPT Malta Dum­fries’ Niall Far­rell on his way to his first World Se­ries of Poker bracelet and a £655,000 pay­day.

in 2015 and the WPT Caribbean last Novem­ber.

As of yes­ter­day he had £3.3m in to­tal live tour­na­ment win­nings and has added an­other £2m in on­line earn­ings un­der the name Fi­raldo87.

Also com­pet­ing for the top prize in the Czech Re­pub­lic were the likes of Phil Hell­muth, Ber­trand “Elky” Grospel­lier and Liv Bo­eree.

“Ev­ery­one is very good,” Far­rell told Poker News. “Poker play­ers al­ways think they’re the best player in the field, but to be hon­est I would say I’m in the top third be­cause it’s quite tough. A lot of it was just good for­tune but I’m re­ally proud of how I played.

“In the end I got on the right side of some of the all-ins and won!”

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