Niall Farrell Wins 2016 WPT Caribbean for $335k

The 2016 WPT Caribbean was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, with its $4,560 buy-in main event attracting 323 competitors to create a $1,456,892 prize pool. Five days later, and the player eventually capturing the coveted title was notable pro Niall Farrell.
Last year, the Scottish player took down the €5,300 EPT Malta Main Event for €534,330 ($588,592), and following his latest victory now pushes his live career earnings to $3,271,820. Farrell has also amassed a further $2,740,618 online playing under the screen name Firaldo.
The WPT Caribbean attracted a number of notable pros, and amongst those finsihing in one of the event’s 36 money spots was Sam Greenwood in 30th ($10,000), Kristen Bicknell in 29th ($10,000), Akush Mandavia in 27th ($11,500), Christ Hunichen in 24th ($13,000), Ari Engel in 22nd ($13,000), Manig Loeser in 20th ($14,500), and Keven Stammen in 8th ($42,000).
Niall Farrell entered the final table of six as the second smallest chip stack, but after doubling up through Colin Moffatt subsequently was dealt A-J to send Stephen Woodhead (A-10) to the rail in 6th. Farrell (6-6) followed up by eliminating Colin Moffatt (A-7) in 4th, and after his Q-9 made a straight against Anthony Augustino’s A-6, the heads-up phase of the competition got underway.
At this stage, Farrell held a huge 102bb to 19bb lead over his remaining opponent Troy Quenneville from Costa Rica. On the very first hand of their battle both players were all-in with Farrell’s A-5 up against the K-J of Quenneville, and with no help from the board, the Costa Rican had to settle for a runner-up finish, while top honors went to Farrell.
Talking in an earlier interview. Farrell explained that a large part of his poker success has come from having a good work ethos, as well as being naturally gifted, stating: “I was one of those kids you would find drinking Mad Dog behind a skip and yet would manage to get straight A’s. If you develop this habit of not working hard, and you feel no pain, it breeds a lazy mentality. It’s one of the things that attracted me to poker. If you are smart, it doesn’t feel like work. It attracts young guys who can’t be assed doing anything but want to make a lot of money at the same time.”
Final Table Results:
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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