Niall Farrell Seizes WPT Title and $335,000 in the Caribbean

Niall Farrell
Niall Farrell added a WPT title to his already rich poker resume after coming on top in the WPT Caribbean Main Event

Niall Farrell eclipsed $3,000,000 in live tournament earnings after taking down a World Poker Tour event in the Caribbean. Although he’s been around a regular fixture on the tournament circuit for a while, this is the first WPT for the Scottish pro with an impressive professional biography.

Niall Farrell tops the field of 323 pretenders

World Poker Tour events are usually not a walk in the park. WPT Caribbean Main Event wasn’t one either, as 323 players took to the green felt in their quest for the cash and the glory. Every pretender had to put forth a buy-in of $5,000 and that buy-in afforded them a seat in the tournament filled with tough pros.

Play Now at Wild Casino

Some of the players who made a deep run apart from Niall Farrell included Alexander Denisov,  Mohsin Charania, and Keven Stammen, to mention just a few. Other players in the field, even if not big names as such, were mostly experienced tournament grinders, meaning the title wasn’t an easy task for anyone.

Everyone who wanted to make it to the final six has had to earn that privilege and, naturally, have Lady Luck by his side at least a little bit. Niall Farrell was one of the few who made it to the final round of the WPT Caribbean Main Event.

Niall Farrell and the other five

The final table of the WPT Caribbean Main Event was six-handed, as it is customary with World Poker Tour events. Niall Farrell came into the final day of play as the second-last in chips, not that far ahead of the officially short stacked Stephen Woodhead. The future didn’t look very bright for the Scot at the start of play, but we’ve been proven once again that anything can happen in poker.

Farrell wasted no time doubling through Colin Moffat not even twenty hands into the final table and then proceeded to show the door to Woodhead. Unlike Farrell, Woodhead couldn’t work out any magic with his short stack and had to be happy with $66,000 for his efforts.

It wasn’t smooth sailing for Farrell after that, though. He lost some chips back to Moffat before seeing Yiannis Liperis sent to the cashier’s desk to pick up his well-earned $80,000. Showing no signs of giving up, Farrell mastered another comeback, doubling through Troy Quenneville, becoming a force to be reckoned with once again.

Niall Farrell
Although coming to the final table as short stack, Niall Farrell managed to find a couple of much needed double ups on his way to the title

Colin Moffat had his ups and downs throughout the final table, but couldn’t get anything really going. This resulted in the fourth place finish, good for a touch over $105k. Next to go was Anthony Augustino, whose third place finish was good for $140,000. Farrell took both of his opponents’ chips, going into heads up as a big favorite.

Niall Farrell dispatches Quenneville in a single hand

Sometimes, heads up confrontations take hours to complete as players battle it out for the champion’s title. The WPT Caribbean MaiN Event wasn’t one of those occasions, as Niall Farrell made sure to get it all over with in the shortest time possible.

On the very first hand of the heads up, Farrell shoved from the button holding A-5. His last opponent, Troy Quenneville, who was trying to come from behind, found K-J in spades and made the call. The flop improved both, as dealer spread an Ace and a King, but nothing changed by the river.

Farrell’s pair of Aces held, giving him the title and the $335,000 first prize, which includes a seat in the $15k WPT Tournament of Champions. As a runner-up, Troy Quenneville took home $220,000.

Leave a Comment