EPT12 Malta: Farrell fastest out the blocks in the Main Event

October 25, 2015


Farrell has made a fast start
The opening flight of the EPT12 Malta Main Event follows a similar pattern to the others: eight 75 minute levels, 20 minute breaks after levels two and four, and a 75 minute dinner break at the end of level six. Late registration is open until play starts on Day 2. But right now, after four levels of play, 174 players have entered so far, and 154 still have chips.

At the halfway point of Day 1A let’s see who’s stacking chips high and who’s gone for a cry (or hopped into a side event).


Mid-day update

One of the jibes aimed at poker is that in this day and age it lacks characters, with live events overrun by the online generation who put up the duel conversation killers of hoodie and headphones. One player who can’t be tarred with that brush is Scotland’s Niall ‘Firaldo’ Farrell. Chatty, smiley and not afraid to poke fun at himself, Farrell has relocated to Canada and just knocked out a ‘Canuck’ in the biggest pot he’s played so far.

His victim was Jonathan Roy, who turned a set of fives on a [8][3][2][5] board only to run into Farrell’s A♥4♥. That boosted Farrell to 54,000 and since then he’s steadily built to 70,000.

He’s not the only notable player to have enjoyed a decent start to the day, below are the counts of some of the names in the field.


Selected chip counts

Name Country Status Chips
Ivan Luca Argentina PokerStars qualifier 50,000
Senh Ung UK 45,000
Fabrice Soulier France 42,000
Andrew Chen Canada PokerStars qualifier 40,000
David Yan New Zealand PokerStars qualifier 40,000
Justin Bonomo USA PokerStars qualifier 40,000
Marvin Rettenmaier Germany PokerStars player 40,000
Daniel Dvoress Canada PokerStars qualifier 38,000
David Benefield USA PokerStars player 37,000
Mohsin Charania USA PokerStars qualifier 36,000
Shaun Deeb USA PokerStars qualifier 35,000
Steve O’Dwyer Ireland PokerStars player 35,000
John Juanda Indonesia PokerStars player 33,000
Connor Drinan USA PokerStars qualifier 29,000
Isaac Haxton USA Team PokerStars Pro Online 27,000
Jennifer Shahade USA PokeStars Mind Sports Ambassador 27,000
Patrik Antonius Finland 27,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy Russia PokerStars player 26,500
Charlie Carrel UK 26,000
Martin Finger Germany PokerStars qualifier 26,000
Jeffrey Rossiter Australia PokerStars qualifier 25,000
Ole Schemion Germant 25,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin Ukraine PokerStars player 24,000
Ben Heath UK PokerStars qualifier 22,500
Jake Cody UK Team PokerStars Pro 19,000
Ihar Soika Belarus PokerStars qualifier 17,000
Jason Mercier USA Team PokerStars Pro 14,500
Chistoph Vogelsang Germany 11,500
Maria Ho USA PokerStars qualifier 9,375
Paul Newey UK 9,000
Sergio Aido Spain 9,000


Soulier and Haxton were drawn to the same table

Notable eliminations

Poker is a zero sum game which means whilst plenty of notables remain in, others have already headed for the exit door. Mateusz Moolhuizen was the victim of a set over set battle with pocket nines against Rob Schiffbauer’s pocket kings. It all went in on a K♠Q♠9♠ flop and the Dutchman became one of the early casualties on Day 1A.

He’s in good company as Scott Montgomery, Stephen Chidwick, Craig Varnell, Anatoly Filatov and Mikita Badziakouski are also out.


Badziakouski has been bounced from this touranment

Key coverage links

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the €25,000 High Roller is on the €25,000 High Roller page and everything from the IPT Main Event is on the IPT Main Event page.

Begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS


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