Halloween was anything but scary for Niall Farrell. The Briton took top spot at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 12 Malta Main Event, defeating 651 other hopefuls. Farrell earned €534,300 after making a deal with Alen Bilic once the final table of six had been whittled to two.
Farrell now boasts $1,466,254 in career earnings, including $266,232 from his win at the 2014 Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XXV Main Event. But Saturday’s win was his first at a major live tournament.
The eliminations at the final table started quickly, with two players ousted before the first break. Sam Greenwood of Canada was the first to go on the final day when he missed a flush draw with queen-three suited. German Rainer Kempe, who became the eighth person to make back-to-back EPT Main Event final tables earlier this year (placing fifth in the EPT 12 Barcelona Main Event), was eliminated eight hands later.
Giulio Spampinato (Italy) and Jaroslaw Sikora (Poland) followed in fourth and third-place, respectively, shortly thereafter.
Bilic and Ferrell decided to strike a deal just after Sikora’s bust and Farrell, who had a slight chip lead, guaranteed himself €4,000 more than the second-place finisher. The pair left €90,000 up for grabs, though, not to mention the title of champion.
In hand no. 100, Bilic had 8♡, 2♡. The board showed a A♡, 7♡, 6♢, 5♧, Q♤ and Bilic, who missed his flush draw, bluffed all in. Farrell, who had the bottom two pair, called for the win.
European Poker Tour Season 12 Malta Main Event – Final Table Results:
(Photo credit: Berit Watkin, Creative Commons.)
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