Niall Farrell Wins EPT Malta

Niall Farrell Wins EPT Malta

Monday, 2 November 2015

Niall Farrell is toasting the biggest win of his career after taking down the main event at the Malta stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT) from PokerStars over the weekend.

The Scot pocketed a first prize of €534,300 ($588,450) by topping a field of 651 runners at the Portomaso Casino.

The day started with a flurry of eliminations as four members of the six-man final table hit the rail before 33 hands had been completed. When long-time leader Jaroslaw Sikora busted out in third, just Alen Bilic stood between Farrell and the biggest win of his career.

The pair agreed a chop before playing on for the title and a very decent chunk of change. It took a couple of hours for Farrell to seal the deal, picking off a Bilic bluff with a more than good enough two pair.

“It feels incredible,” said Farrell.

“I ran so pure the last two days. When we got to heads-up, I got good cards but there was one big bluff I made, which felt like a momentum swinger. Bilic is a really good player. I’ve played a lot online with him. He played really tough.”

Next up on the EPT docket is a trip to Prague with the action from the Czech capital running from December 5 to 16.

EPT Malta Main Event Result:

1 Niall Farrell (UK) - €534,330

2 Alen Bilic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) €440,000

3 Jaroslaw Sikora (Poland) €265,840

4 Giulio Spaminato (Italy) €203,640

5 Rainer Kempe (Germany) €161,340

6 Sam Greenwood (Canada) €125,660

Tags: European Poker Tour, EPT, PokerStars, Portomaso Casino, Malta, Niall Farrell, Alen Bilic, Jaroslaw Sikora, Giulio Spaminato, Rainer Kempe, Sam Greenwood