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Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #15 Sammy Farha

December 22nd, 2010 No comments
Sammy Farha

Sammy Farha booked WSOP Bracelet #3 in an epic heads up battle.

Sometimes, all it takes to make a great story in poker is to have one player win a championship.  At the 2010 World Series of Poker, event #25 produced such a story when Sammy Farha found himself heads up for a bracelet against young British Poker Pro James “Flushy” Dempsey.  The $10,000 Omaha high-low split eight or better event isn’t typically a tournament that most pundits circle on the calendar as being a “can’t miss tournament.”  But when heads up play began, a drama unfolded that made it more of a Hollywood Script than a WSOP Event.

To set the stage, most people remember Farha from his 2003 WSOP Main Event Final Table, where he chomped on his unlit cigarette all the way to a heads up duel with Chris Moneymaker.  After getting bluffed off a gigantic pot, Farha would finish runner-up and very unintentionally launch the poker boom.  But Omaha was the game that Sammy really excelled at, booking a bracelet in the $2,500 PLO event in 1996 for $145,000, and a 3rd place finish in the $1,500 PLO event in 2002 Read more…