EPT12 Malta: Farrell leads final ten in the Main Event

The plan today in the Main Event is to play down to the final six players or five full levels, whichever comes first. There are currently 10 players remaining, when the next player is eliminated they'll combine to one table of nine and the official final table will be reached when eight players are left.

Mid-day update

If Niall Farrell wins this tournament then he'll probably look back on the hand that eliminated Gianluca Escobar in 11th place as the one that propelled him to victory. It happened live at the feature table (if you go here and rewind to 4hrs 38 minutes in you can watch it). The Scotsman has a bit of history with 'blowing up' deep in EPT events and it looked like it history was going to repeat itself.

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Being lucky and good is a potent combination

In the hand in question Farrell opened to 70,000 from the cut off, Escobar three-bet to 175,000 on the button only for Sam Greenwood to four-bet to 475,000 total. Back on Farrell he asked Greenwood how much he had back, tanked for a couple of minutes and then moved all-in for over 1,900,000. Escobar acted far quicker, calling all-in for 1,572,000 and Greenwood folded.

Farrell: T♠9♠
Escobar: Q♠Q♣

"I have a cracker hand," said Farrell when the cards were revealed before adding. "I said I wouldn't do this again on the live stream."

Should he lose Farrell would drop to around 10 big blinds. The 6♠7♣9♥ was very good for the Scot but not as good as the T♦ turn or T♣ river and a visibly embarrassed Farrell rivered an unnecessary full-house to eliminate Escobar and claim the chip lead.

Full Chip counts

Below are the counts of the remaining 10 players, these are accurate as of the start of Level 26 in which the blinds are 20,000/40,000 ante 5,000. The average stack is 1,953,000 which equates to a little under 49 big blinds.

NameCountryStatusChips
Niall FarrellUKPokerStars player4,075,000
Alexander IvarssonSwedenPokerStars player3,365,000
Jaroslaw SikoraPolandPokerStars player2,350,000
Sam GreenwoodCanadaPokerStars player2,050,000
Alen BilicBosnia and HerzegovinaPokerStars player1,940,000
Nabil CardosoSpain 1,540,000
Daniel DvoressCanadaPokerStars qualifier1,540,000
Rainer KempeGermanyPokerStars qualifier1,185,000
Gianluca EscobarItaly 690,000
Antonio ChemiItaly 470,000

Long time chip leader Alexander Ivarsson is still second and Jaroslaw Sikora - who started today in second place - is now third, with the talented Sam Greenwood lying in fourth place.

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Is Greenwood the best player left in?

Notable eliminations

Every elimination at this stage of the tournament is notable. Kitty Kuo's was notable for two reasons though. Firstly she was the first player out today and secondly she was the last lady in the Main Event. She lost a flip with pocket jacks against Bjorn Geissert's A♦K♠ to bust, as the German hit an ace on the flop.

About forty minutes later Farrell warmed up for his Esocbar bust by cracking Apostolos Bechrakis's pocket queens with A♣T♠. This time he had to wait until the river though on a K♠Q♠6♥2♣J♣ board.

Next to go was Darrell Goh, it was the reverse of the Kuo exit hand as his A♦K♦ failed to spike against Alen Bilic's pocket jacks. He was followed almost immediately to the payout desk by Geissert, who made a big move with top pair no kicker on a queen high flop only to run into the pocket kings of Ivarsson.

Shortly afterwards Jaroslaw Sikora took care of Akim Aouine with queens against A♣J♦ and then came that Farrell had to take us to where we are now.

Edit: Just minutes ago Antonio Chemi was eliminated in tenth place and so just nine players remain.

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Kuo was first to go today

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Nick Wright
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