After Day 1a of the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, it was a Niall Farrell who emerged as chipleader, racking up 157,000 over six levels at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin. 104 players bought in for €10,450 today, and 60 remain, but it was the Scotsman who bagged the most chips.
On a day which saw big names such as Steve O’Dwyer and Martin Jacobson bust, as well as reigning WSOPE Main Event Champion Adrian Mateos (who was the first player to be eliminated), it was Farrell who consistently won pots, using his big stack to apply pressure when it was needed.
First it was from Bruno Fitoussi, who check-raised a flop of Ac7d2d, fired again on the 8h, but check-folded to Farrell’s bet which was enough to put up all-in on the river. Then it was the turn of Alexander Ivarsson who was eliminated shortly before play ended for the day.
In a four-bet pot, Farrell and Ivarsson both saw an all diamond flop of Ad7d4d. Farrell called Ivarsson’s bet of 8,000 on the flop, and a bet of 12,500 on the Th turn. The river Qc saw Ivarsson shove and Farrell asked for a quick count before calling.
Ivarsson showed TdTc for a set of tens, but Farrell had rivered the straight, holding KsJd.
There was also reason to celebrate on Day 1a, as fellow Brit Barny Boatman received his bracelet for taking down Event #7 the €550 Pot Limit Omaha. Him and Jack Effel posed for photographs and exchanged pleasantries before the national anthem was played.
It had already been a successful trip for Farrell, as he cashed in Event #2 Oktoberfest for €5,473 and Event #7 the Pot-Limit Omaha for €1,200, the one Boatman would go onto win. If Farrellwere to go on and take down the Main Event, he would add to his $1.3m in lifetime earnings, and it would be his first career bracelet, after narrowly missing out with a 2nd place back in 2013 in a $3,000 Hold’em Event.