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Poker Hand Matchup: Niall Farrell vs. Benjamin Pollak

Swords A 9 8 4 K

Niall Farrell

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 23,525,000

7 6

46.31 %

48.18 %

31.82 %

Benjamin Pollak

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 32,950,000

K 2

52.99 %

50.91 %

68.18 %


Posted On: Jan 03, 2018


Preflop, the table was heads-up. The blinds were 300,000 and 600,000 with a 100,000 ante. Farrell raised to 1,700,000. Pollak called. On the flop Pollak checked. Farrell bet 2,000,000. Pollak called. On the turn Pollak checked. Farrell bet 5,700,000. Pollak called. On the river Pollak checked. Farrell bet 10,000,000. Pollak folded.


This pot took place only a few hands into heads-up play. Pollak had been on a heater in 2017. He had finished third in the WSOP main event and cashed for more than $4 million for the year. At one point at the final table, Farrell had less than eight big blinds. He shoved a few times to take down the pot and won two crucial all-in pots versus weak ace-high hands. This was a key hand in heads-up play, because if Pollak had called the river it was over and he would have captured the title. Farrell hit the flop open ended and pushed out a bet. Pollak’s otherworldly instincts were spot on. He called with king high. The turn changed very little and Farrell continued to blast. Pollak continued to be a non-believer and called, still with only king high. And he was 100 percent correct. When the river blanked for Farrell’s straight draw, he showed a lot of heart and fired a bet of 10 million. Pollak had hit his king, and tanked for eight minutes. But he couldn’t surmise how he could actually be good, and reluctantly folded. Farrell went on to close out the title ten hands later for his first WSOP bracelet and an $872,000 payday.

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