EPT12 Malta: Niall Farrell’s trick for being impossible to read

October 27, 2015

If you worry that you give too much information away at the poker table, then take a leaf from Niall Farrell’s book. The Scot seems to have this part of his game cracked.

To watch Farrell play a hand, even a hand in which his tournament life is at stake, is to watch a man at peace with the moment, at peace with himself.

niall_farrell_ept12malta_27oct15.jpgNiall Farrell
It seems he has a trick.

Before that though there was the evidence, a hand in which he effectively knocked two players out of the main event, and took his stack up to more than 180,000.

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There was action before Farrell pushed his chips forward. Ioannis Angelou Konstas was all-in and then Farrell shoved. Behind him was Andreas Samuelsson, who already had 17,000 chips in the pot but was now left deciding whether to call or cut his losses. A long pause ensued, during which Farrell sat with his chin in his hand, looking, well, perfectly calm.

Eventually Samuelsson called, turning over pocket tens. Konstas in seat nine, who had been doing his best Niall Farrell impression up to now, turned over ace-king, leaving Farrell himself to turn over his aces.

The board caused few problems for Farrell, with only a king on the turn to raise the pulse. He didn’t even blink when the chips were pushed his way.

Konstas was gone with a “good luck gents”, while Samuelsson, who got a good amount of sympathy for his call, was reduced to 2,000 chips, deposited into Farrell’s stack moments later, his queen-nine topped by Farrell’s ace-jack.

“You’re the hardest person to read,” said Charlie Farrell, grinning, who had been sitting between Konstas and Samuelsson. “You just don’t give a sh** if you’re staying or going to the bar.”

Farrell allowed himself a smile, and agreed. “The worst possible outcome is a chop!”

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.


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