Farrell lands huge payday
Poker ace now top of the Scots
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!”