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Niall Farrell Becomes First Scottish Bracelet Winner; Completes Live Triple Crown

Niall Farrell

Niall Farrell has become the first-ever Scottish poker player to win a World Series of Poker bracelet and in doing so became the latest member of the exclusive live Triple Crown club.

The popular grinder was one of 113 entrants in the €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller event at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe festival at King’s Casino, Rozvadov and after mixing it up with some of the best tournament specialists on the planet, Farrell found himself heads-up against France’s Benjamin Pollak.

Pollak, who finished third in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, three-bet shoved all-in with {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs} after Farrell had opened to 2,200,000 with {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}. Farrell called and had Pollak covered, so when the board ran out {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts}, Pollak was eliminated in second-place and Farrell finally got a gold bracelet to adorn his wrist.

Farrell had come agonisingly close to winning a WSOP bracelet on two occasions. The first came in 2013 when he finished second to Sandeep Pulusani in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event and he was then the bridesmaid in the 2016 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout event. With this victory, Farrell not only became the first Scottish player to win a WSOP bracelet, but completed live poker’s coveted Triple Crown having already secured a World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour title.

In 2015, Farrell won the EPT Malta Main Event for €534,330 and followed that impressive victory up with a win in the partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event for $335,000. This bracelet-awarding triumph netted Farrell a career-best €745,287 and takes his live poker tournament winnings to $4,401,838 to go with the impressive $2,814,546 Farrell has won online during his career.

Speaking to PokerNews’ William Shillibier shortly after becoming a WSOP bracelet winner, farrell said: “It feels great. It’s so nice to finally get over the line, especially after losing heads-up twice. Especially in a field like this, it’s pretty prestigious.”

Despite becoming only the eighth player in history to win a live Triple Crown, and the winning the second-fastest Triple Crown ever, Farrell was humble about where he ranks among the game’s greats.

“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 [this win] was just good fortune.”

Everyone who knows Farrell is aware he loves to party, but there is little time for celebration because the €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event commences on Nov. 4 and Farrell will no doubt be looking to win his second bracelet within the space of a week. As always, PokerNews’ Live Reporting team will be with you and Farrell every step of the way.

  • Niall Farrell won his first World Series of Poker bracelet and secured live poker's Triple Crown.

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