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2017 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event Day 2: Niall Farrell Takes Late Lead at Expense of Buddy

 2017 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event Day 2: Niall Farrell Takes Late Lead at Expense of Buddy

Niall Farrell is the chip leader after Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Rolling Thunder Main Event, finishing the day with 893,000 chips. Not only is he the only player above the 800,000 chip mark (nearly 900,000 at that), he is also the only one above 700,000. The closest competitor is Chuck Nguyen with 644,000; he’s the only other player that even has 600,000. Just 57 players remain of the original field of 421.

Registration was open until the beginning of Level 11 on Monday and those who were eliminated in either of the two starting flights were also allowed to re-enter one more time on Day 2, so tournament added 45 more players yesterday to get to that 421 total.

With the final numbers in, the prize pool added up to $ 1,347,200. The winner will take home $ 284,638. Just 53 players will make the money, so some near the bottom of the chip counts might not have gotten the best night’s sleep last night, as the beginning of Day 3 should be tense.

The chip leader, Farrell, has been one of the most successful players on the live tournament tour in the past year. Among other accomplishments, he won the partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event in November, finished eighth in the 2016 High Roller for One Drop, and finished second at the 2016 WSOP $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Event. All told, he has more than $ 3.3 million in live tournament earnings and currently sits thirteenth in the Global Poker Index.

Farrell made his leap to the top of the leader board very late on Day 2 when he eliminated fellow WPT champ and good friend, Chris Moorman. Farrell raised pre-flop, Moorman re-raised, and then Farrell four-bet to 59,000 before Moorman decided to just call. On the flop of K-J-3, Farrell bet 52,000 and Moorman called. The turn was a Queen and Farrell checked this time, Moorman then bet 50,000, and Farrell called after some thought. On the river Deuce, Farrell checked again, Moorman pondered his decision for a bit before he decided to go all-in for 130,000. Farrell had baited him, instantly calling with A-T for the nut-straight. Moorman turned over pocket Tens and that was it for him.

Tweeting afterward, Moorman wrote, “Had heaps then bluffed it all off to @Firaldo87poker when he had the nuts and I had the blockers #howgooddoesherun.”

The tournament will get back underway at noon Pacific Time at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

2017 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1.    Niall Farrell – 893,000
2.    Chuck Nguyen – 644,000
3.    Alex Foxen – 568,000
4.    John Hadley – 471,000
5.    Sorel Mizzi – 466,000
6.    Steven Tabb – 462,000
7.    Brian Altman – 358,000
8.    Dan Harmetz – 332,000
9.    Mohsin Charania – 321,000
10.    Kevin Eyster – 314,000

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Niall Farrell Emerges as Champion of 2016 partypoker WPT Caribbean

 Niall Farrell Emerges as Champion of 2016 partypoker WPT Caribbean

In what was a relatively quick final table, Scotland’s Niall Farrell emerged as the champion of the 2016 partypoker World Poker Tour Caribbean stop in Punta Cana on Wednesday night, defeating Troy Quenneville in heads up play.

It wasn’t your typical “final day” of action on the WPT as 11 players remained at the start of action on Wednesday. Looking to earn his second WPT title, Keven Stammen was in the lead at the crack of the gun, his 1.764 million chips lording impressively over Quenneville (1.36 million) and Anthony Augustino. Farrell (1.3 million) was in control of the second table, but just barely over Colin Moffatt (1.249 million).

The first task at hand was getting to the official WPT six-handed final table, which the combatants attacked with glee. Farrell was lucky from the start of the day, getting away with only losing a couple hundred thousand chips when Moffatt’s J-9 cracked his pocket Aces on a 9-9-6-6-9 board. That slight setback didn’t affect Farrell, however, as he quickly rebounded to oust Jorge Arias from the tournament in 11th place. Once Moffatt dumped Vishal Maini in 10th place to crack the two million chip mark, the final nine redrew for seats and the race for the championship was on.

Stammen would not be as fortunate as some of his fellow competitors during the final day of play. His chip stack slowly dwindled through the early action and, after Augustino raised his big blind, Stammen thought he could force him off with an all-in move. Augustino didn’t go away, however, calling his bet and tabling pocket Jacks for action. Stammen, battling from behind with his pocket nines, never saw a glimmer of hope on the A-4-2-8-K board and departed the tournament in eighth place as Augustino moved into the lead.

Augustino extended that lead in taking out Duff Charette on the television table “bubble” and headed to the six-handed action with a whopping 3.435 million in chips, holding a decent lead over Quenneville (2.325 million) and more than twice what the third-place competitor Moffatt (1.505 million) held. The remainder of the players were left in survival mode at the start of the official final table, with Yiannis Liperis (860K), Farrell (805K) and Stephen Woodhead (750K) looking to get back in the game.

After the warmup of working down to the final table, the players were firing bets from the start of the official final table. Farrell would get a much-needed double through Moffatt, his Q-J finding a Jack against Moffatt’s pocket tens, and he got even healthier in knocking out Woodhead in sixth place, his A-J standing tall against Woodhead’s A-10 on an eight-high board. Just as quickly as he rocketed out of the basement, however, Farrell’s rollercoaster style would send him back down after his pocket fives failed to best Moffatt’s pocket Jacks.

As Farrell entertained the viewers on the live stream of the event, Augustino was more interested in keeping his lead. Augustino tried to take down Liperis, Augustino’s K♠ Q♠ versus Liperis’ pocket sevens, but a seven on the flop ended that quest. Liperis then would challenge for the lead before giving up a sizeable chunk of chips to Quenneville, who jumped into the first slot when his pocket Jacks held up against Liperis’ A-K off suit.

With five players remaining, Quenneville’s 4.2 million chips seemed to have him set to drive even deeper into the field. The question was who from the other four players would emerge as a worthy contender. Augustino drew first blood, knocking off Liperis in fifth place when his A-9 played over Liperis’ A-3 on a J-6-4-7-4 board, and Farrell stormed from behind in doubling through Quenneville and eliminating Moffatt in fourth, his pocket sixes catching a set on the turn after Moffatt had flopped two pair with his A-7 on an A-10-7-6-J board.

Down to three-handed action, Farrell kicked his game into overdrive. He doubled through Quenneville, his Big Chick hitting against Quenneville’s Big Slick on a Q-8-6-6-A board, to rocket to nearly seven million in chips and then eliminated Augustino in third place when his Q-9 rivered a straight to top Augustino’s A-6. With those two eliminations, Farrell stacked 8.13 million chips and had a massive advantage over Quenneville (1.55 million) going to the heads up “fight.”

The reason “fight” is in quotation marks is it took all of one hand to determine the champion. Farrell, playing big stack poker, pushed all in on the button and Quenneville found a hand he was ready to fight with in making the call. Quenneville’s K♠ J♠ was a solid opponent for Farrell’s A-5 off suit and it looked good for Quenneville when a King showed in the window of the flop. Unfortunately, an Ace was also there, keeping Farrell in the lead. When the turn and river failed to bring Quenneville another King or a Jack, the hand and the championship were firmly in Farrell’s grasp.

1. Niall Farrell, $ 335,000
2. Troy Quenneville, $ 220,000
3. Anthony Augustino, $ 140,000
4. Colin Moffatt, $ 105,392
5. Yiannis Liperis, $ 80,000
6. Stephen Woodhead, $ 66,000

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EPT Prague Main Event Day 2: Long Way To Go To Money Bubble, Gleb Tremzin Leads Samuel Chartier, Niall Farrell

 EPT Prague Main Event Day 2: Long Way To Go To Money Bubble, Gleb Tremzin Leads Samuel Chartier, Niall Farrell

With so many players flocking to the European Poker Tour’s stop in Prague, the Czech Republic, Day 2 turned out to be another “survive and advance” day rather than the popping of the money bubble. By the end of the action of Saturday a new leader had emerged in Gleb Tremzin while the overall Day 1 leader Samuel Chartier and 2015 EPT Malta champion Niall Farrell looking to chase him down.

Just how big was the crowd that came back on Saturday? It was 603 strong and, with late registration going on until the first card was pitched, the 1035 player field could still grow. Another nine players came forward to inch the final number of players up to 1044, just short of last year’s 1107 but still damn impressive for a tournament this close to the holidays. The extra buy-ins created a prize pool worth over €5 million, with the eventual champion that is crowned Wednesday walking off with a €921,540 Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa…you pick the holiday) gift.

With only 151 of the original runners earning a min-cash for the event (€8910), the 603 people left in contention were still too far off to even give concern for the money bubble. They still had to stay viable in the tournament, however, and some of them looked to double up early or hit the streets of Prague for a little entertainment. Stephen Chidwick, Liv Boeree, Bertrand Grospellier, Sylvain Loosli, Andrey Pateychuk and Faraz Jaka were all out of the tournament within its first few moments on Saturday, while World Poker Tour Prague runner-up Pavel Plesuv was able to get a double through Shyam Srinivasan to get just back over the starting stack and stave off elimination…at least for the meantime.

Chartier didn’t waste a moment getting back into his groove. Chartier would challenge Gerald Karlic in a blind on blind battle on a 5-9-3-2 flop and turn, putting out a bet of 21K into a 33K pot after Karlic had checked the turn. Karlic was still interested in proceeding, however, with the river six putting several options up as the fourth diamond on the board. Both players would check that river – with its multiple straight draws as well as the flush potential – with Karlic tabling pocket eights with the 8♦; never behind, Chartier showed pocket Queens with the Q♦ to capture the hand and move up to 250K in chips.

The steamroller Chartier was driving continued onward and, once again, Karlic was the man standing in its path. After Chartier opened the action from under the gun, Karlic defended his blind, looking to get some of the chips back that he’d previously lost. Karlic would see a 9-2-8 hit the felt and check call a flop bet out of Chartier. ON the turn, an A♦ made an appearance and Karlic repeated his actions. Another nine on the river had both men completely lost as to what the other had, with both men checking their options. Karlic showed a pocket pair of tens and, unfortunately for Karlic, Chartier once again had him all the way with pocket Jacks, improving his stack to 350K.

While Chartier was continuing to hold his lead, Tremzin was beginning to mount his assault from across the arena. His 320,000 in chips put him in second just before a level up to Level 13 and, after the blind and ante change, he rocketed ahead of the field. Within 20 minutes of the start of Level 13, Tremzin had accumulated 505K in chips and become the dominant chip leader. Chartier would attempt to strike back, eliminating soccer star Jimmy Kebe to reach 505K himself, but by that time Tremzin had continued to add to what would eventually be his Day 2 leading chip stack.

1. Gleb Tremzin, 610,500
2. Niall Farrell, 547,000
3. Simon Persson, 468,300
4. Colin Lovelock, 458,200
5. Samuel Chartier, 444,000
6. Ivan Deyra, 391,300
7. Mustafa Biz, 388,100
8. Sam Greenwood, 365,500
9. Ori Miller, 365,000
10. Adrian Mateos, 346,000

252 players will return on Sunday with some serious business to attend to. First up for the field will be to determine the 151 players who will earn an EPT cash from their trip to the Czech Republic. The second issue of business will be for the individual players to put themselves in the best spot to win this title. While Chartier, Farrell and Tremzin are running good now, it may be a completely different story come Wednesday.

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Niall Farrell Comes From Behind to Win EPT Malta Main Event; Byron Kaverman Scores in High Roller

 Niall Farrell Comes From Behind to Win EPT Malta Main Event; Byron Kaverman Scores in High Roller

In a battle that lasted over four hours, the United Kingdom’s Niall Farrell battled through a difficult final table to take down his first major championship at the European Poker Tour’s stop at the Portomaso Casino in Malta. As Farrell was taking home his title, the United States’ Byron Kaverman was putting another notch in his belt for 2015 in winning the €10,000 High Roller championship.

EPT Malta Main Event

Six men came back on Saturday to take part in the final table festivities (Daniel Dvoress and Nabil Cardoso, eliminated in seventh and eighth places respectively on Friday, will earn credit for an EPT final table finish) with Alen Bilic holding about a 2.5 million chip lead over Farrell. The rest of the field – Jaroslaw Sikora (2.455 million), Sam Greenwood (1.605 million) Rainer Kempe (1.515 million) and Giulio Spampinato (1.18 million) – had their work cut out for them if they were to get back into the match.

Farrell would establish himself as the chip leader only 19 hands into the day’s play. Raising the pot up to 125K, Farrell saw Greenwood move all in out of the big blind and was sitting on a tough decision. With some chips to play with – and the chance to take down a difficult opponent – Farrell decided to make the call. His A 7 might not have been the best calling cards you would think of, but it was better than the K♠ J♠ that Greenwood put on the felt. The situation got worse for Greenwood on the 2-8-2 flop with two diamonds, but it was the Ace on the turn that left him drawing dead. After the formalities of a river card, Greenwood was out in sixth place as Farrell took over the lead.

If his knockout of Greenwood was with bad cards, his next elimination would be with the best of it. Once again raising the action, Farrell saw Kempe three bet him out of the cutoff to 300K. Farrell decided that the all in move was appropriate here and it proved to be correct as Kempe immediately made the call. Kempe unfortunately had run into a cooler; his pocket Queens were dwarfed by Farrell’s pocket Aces and, once the board rolled King high, he was gone from the tournament, duplicating his performance from the EPT Barcelona that kicked off Season 12 of the EPT back in August.

Spampinato, who had come in on the short stack, couldn’t delay the inevitable as his stack dwindled. He got his final chips in the center with an A-8 offsuit, but Bilic would wake up in the big blind with pocket tens and made the call. There was a five on the flop (5-6-6) and an eight on the turn to open more options, but the four on the river sealed the fate of Spampinato in fourth place as Bilic reassumed the lead in the tournament.

Only two hands later, the tournament was down to heads up. On Hand 32, Sikora limped in and Farrell, in the big blind, pushed the short stack around with a raise from the big blind. Sikora was undaunted, however, pushing back with an all-in three bet that Farrell immediately called. Sikora’s A-10 was nice, but it shrank in comparison to Farrell’s A-J. After the board ran out and didn’t connect with either man, Farrell took down the hand and eliminated Sikora in third place.

With both players very close in chips, they decided to chop up the remaining money. Under the deal, Farrell took home €444,300 for his efforts and Bilic was happy with his €440,000. The EPT Malta trophy and €90,000 were left on the table and the duo fought tooth and nail for the final prizes.

How hard was the fight? Farrell and Bilic battled for 68 hands – more than double what the first four eliminations had taken – before the penultimate hand was dealt. Off the button, Bilic pushed the action with a raise and Farrell made the call from the big blind. After an A-7-6 flop, Farrell would check-call another bet out of Bilic and, after a five came on the turn, Farrell check-called again. When a Queen came on the river, Bilic moved all in and, after some deliberation, Farrell made the call. All Bilic could show was an 8-2 for complete air as Farrell tabled 6-5 for two pair and the championship.

1. Niall Farrell, €534,300*
2. Alen Bilic, €440,000*
3. Jaroslaw Sikora, €265,840
4. Giulio Spampinato, €203,840
5. Rainer Kempe, €161,340
6. Sam Greenwood, €125,660
7. Daniel Dvoress, €91,550
8. Nabil Cardoso, €62,570

(* – reflects final table deal)

€10,000 High Roller

Continuing what has been a breakout season, Byron Kaverman added another six-figure score to his tournament resume in taking down the €10,000 High Roller event at the EPT Malta.

201 entries were recorded for the €10,000 High Roller event and, by Saturday, only 19 players remained in the tournament. Mukul Pahuja was in the lead with Kaverman in pursuit, but there were dangers at every turn. Within the first two hours of play, the 19 players had become 11 and Kaverman had moved into the lead as the only player over two million in chips. Once Dominik Nitsche was eliminated in ninth place by Mikalai Vaskaboinikau, the final table was set.

Pahuja wasn’t pleased about losing the lead and he took on the task of retaking his lead with a vengeance. Pahuja knocked off 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Championship Event winner Kevin MacPhee in eighth place to go over three million in chips and push Kaverman back down to second. He continued to rule the roost as he bumped off Roberto Romanello before Vaskaboinikau eliminated Vladimir Dobrovolskiy in fifth place to bring the tournament to four handed action.

Ihar Soika was the first to leave the quartet, Pahuja holding a better two pair than Soika did, and after Pahuja took down Vaskaboinikau, it looked like the tournament was Pahuja’s to win. Holding a nearly 4:1 lead over Kaverman, Pahuja looked to knock him out early in heads up play. Instead of killing him with his A-5, Pahuja instead gave more ammunition to Kaverman and his A-K after it ran out with a King on the turn. They would fight for more than a half-hour before a change in fortune came about.

After a Pahuja raise, Kaverman made the call and saw a 5-6-3 rainbow flop. Kaverman would check-raise Pahuja’s 125K flop bet, making it 550K, and Pahuja made the call. An eight on the turn brought a bet from Kaverman this time and another call from Pahuja, but the Jack on the river set off the fireworks. With a potential flush on the board, Kaverman moved all in and was able to get a call out of Pahuja. Pahuja’s pocket Aces were strong, but they weren’t strong enough to beat Kaverman’s 9-7 (turned straight) as Kaverman used the double up to take over the lead.

Having the Aces cracked took the fight out of Pahuja. Only a few hands later, Pahuja would call a Kaverman all in, tabling A-4 for his tournament life against Kaverman’s pocket fives. The board would run out 9-2-8-J-6, delivering no Ace for Pahuja and earning Kaverman another big victory.

1. Byron Kaverman, €430,800
2. Mukul Pahuja, €290,100
3. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau, €204,500
4. Ihar Soika, €165,800
5. Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, €131,180
6. Roberto Romanello, €99,620
7. Bryn Kenney, €72,730
8. Kevin MacPhee, €53,150

Kaverman’s victory pushes him over the $ 3 million mark in earnings for 2015, but the money is only an extra. Kaverman has been able to take down a WSOP bracelet this year and, with the EPT High Roller title, has earned 10 six-figure wins in 2015. This latest victory also may move Kaverman into contention in many of the Player of the Year races in the tournament poker world.

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