Despite a strong German showing on Day 1 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Event, it was UK pro Niall Farrell who eventually took down the bracelet and €745,287 first-place prize.
Once the official final table was reached, French pro Sylvain Loosli had a slight lead over the 2017 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Benjamin Pollak and German pro Claas Segebrecht. The final table also featured players like the 2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess and 2017 WSOP main event fifth-place finisher Antoine Saout.
However, Niall Farrell, who started the final table with an average stack, climbed his way up the rankings eventually facing Benjamin Pollak in the heads-up play for the title.The heads-up play went back and forth for a while until Pollak shoved all-in with ace-seven against Farrell, who held ace-jack. Farrell called and the board didn’t change anything, giving Farrell the pot, his first career bracelet and €745,287 first-place prize.
“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 was just good fortune,” Farrell said after his win.
-Niall Farrell wins his and Scotland’s first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
Farrell now has $4,4 million in total live tournament earnings and he has also won a World Poker Tour (WPT) and European Poker Tour (EPT) title in previous years.
2017 WSOPE €25K NLHE High Roller Final Table Results
|1||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||€ 745,287|
|2||Benjamin Pollak||France||€ 460,622|
|3||Claas Segebrecht||Germany||€ 321,863|
|4||Ryan Riess||United States||€ 230,071|
|5||Sylvain Loosli||France||€ 168,323|
|6||Andrew Leathem||United Kingdom||€ 126,113|
|7||Stefan Schillhabel||Germany||€ 96,819|
|8||Antoine Saout||France||€ 76,209|