Niall ‘Firaldo’ Farrell, a professional poker players hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, has had a very successful poker career. With several million in live tournament earnings, Farrell has more than proven his poker skills. However, there was one thing missing from his professional resume. A coveted WSOP bracelet.
This changed on Wednesday as Farrell went on to dominate the filed in the tough $25,000 high roller event. This was one of the events on the WSOP Europe schedule taking place in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The Scotsman came out on top of the 113-strong field, earning €745,287. This brought his live tournament earnings to $4.4 million. More importantly, he finally joined the WSOP bracelet winners’ club.
Tough One to Win
High roller tournaments are usually the hardest ones to beat. These events attract some of the best players around. The $25,000 2018 WSOP Europe high roller was no exception. Some of the names in the field included the likes of Liv Boeree, Rainer Kempe, Dominik Nitsche, Igor Kurganov, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, and Sam Grafton.
Just making a final table facing such opposition is quite a feat. Making it all the way is an effort that most players don’t get to experience in their lifetimes. However, Farrell made it to the end. He survived all the traps, faded coolers where he had to, and was the last man standing.
Main Event Rebound
This final table wasn’t Farrell’s first real shot at the bracelet. In 2016, he finished second in a $1,500 event, coming just short. A few days later, the opportunity presented itself once again. He made it to the final table of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. Once again, poker gods had other plans, as he finished in 8th place there. Add to this another runner-up finish back in 2013.
This time around things went better. Supported by his friends on the rail, he managed to outlast the other seven players at the final table and seize the day.
Antoine Saout and Stefan Schillhabel were the first to go. After them, it was Andre Leathem busting in sixth. Sylvan Loosli followed in his footsteps, leaving just four to fight for the title.
Ryan Reiss, the WSOP 2013 Main Event winner was sent packing next. Following him to the rail was Claas Segebrecht, taking the tournament to the heads-up stage.
Farrell was up against Benjamin Pollak, a Frenchman with live earnings of almost $8,000,000 to date. So, it wasn’t going to be an easy job. However, it was clearly Farrell’s time to win. His hands held when it mattered and he was finally able to add a WSOP bracelet to the list of his successes.
The victory was good for €745,287. Pollak, who was also chasing his first bracelet, was denied once again. He did win €460,622 for his efforts, though, which should be at least some consolation.