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Niall Farrell Finishes Second in the 2016 FPS Monaco Main Event

Niall Farrell


  • Niall Farrell finished second to Stephane Dossetto in the 2016 FPS Monaco Main Event and collected €127,900.

Niall Farrell took his lifetime live tournament winnings past the $2,000,000 mark this weekend after he finished second in the €1,100 FPS Monaco Main Event for €127,900.

2016 FPS Monaco Main Event final table results

1Stephane DossettoFrance€218,000
2Niall FarrellUK€127,900
3Julian FernandezFrance€89,900
4Stefano TerzianiItaly€67,100
5Miguel SilvaPortugal€51,780
6Jean-Baptiste BertrandFrance€38,500
7Romain MatteoliFrance€29,350
8Tudor PuriceRomania€20,900

Farrell, who won the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event in October 2015 (Season 12) for €534,330, went into the six-handed final table with 9,165,000 chips, only three big blinds behind the chip leader, Stephane Dossetto.

A huge pot soon after the final day commenced saw the field carved to four players. Julian Fernandez opened to 360,000 from the cutoff at the 60,000/120,000/20,000s level, Jean-Baptiste Bertrand moved all-in with pocket tens for 805,000, Miguel Silva then moved all-in for 2,460,000 from the small blind with {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, and Fernandez called with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. A final board reading {5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades} sent both Silva and Bertrand to the rail.

An hour later, Farrell doubled through Stefano Terziani when his {A-Spades}{K-Hearts} won a coinflip versus his Italian opponent’s {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}, a hand that left Terziani with only 12 big blinds. Those chips went into the middle of the felt when he was first to act in the small blind, doing so with {K-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. Dossetto snap-called in the big blind with {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, and when the five community cards fell {7-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{2-Hearts} it was game over for Terziani.

It took another hour of play before a player bust, that player being Fernandez. Blinds were now 100,000/200,000/25,000a, and Farrell raised to 425,000 with {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. Fernandez called from the small blind with {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, meaning it was heads-up to the {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop. Fernandez check-called a 350,000 continuation bet from Farrell, and the dealer placed the {9-Spades} on the turn.

Fernandez bet his full house to the tune of 550,000, Farrell raised to 1,250,000, only to see Fernandez move all-in for 4,200,000, a bet that Farrell instantly called. The {A-Spades} river was no help to Fernandez, and heads-up was set.

Those chips sent Farrell into the one-on-one battle with Dossetto holding an 18,165,000 to 12,970,000 lead, but Dossetto won most of the early confrontations to reverse those figures. Farrell reclaimed the lead, before Dossetto nudged his way in front, then opened up what turned out to be an unassailable lead.

The final hand of the 2016 FPS Monaco Main Event took place at 7:50 p.m. and saw Dossetto opened to 1,500,000 at the 200,000/400,000/50,000a level with {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}, Farrell raised all-in for 4,725,000 with {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, and Dossetto called. A flop reading {5-Spades}{7-Hearts}{K-Clubs} was rather final for Farrell, although the {10-Hearts} turn gave him outs to a straight. The {3-Spades} river was not one of those outs, and Farrell fell in second-place, leaving Dossetto to be crowned champion, and more than double his lifetime earnings.

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