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Poker Community Fundraises For Dealer Who Punched Sammy Farha In The Face

2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Attacked After Dishing Out Verbal Abuse

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for a poker dealer in Houston that punched 2003 World Series of Poker main event runner-up Sammy Farha in the face.

The page is looking to raise $20,000 to help with court and lawyer fees for any legal actions that stem from the incident. At the time of publication, a total of $680 has been donated to the cause.

According to a PokerNews report, a dealer from Legends Poker Room named AJ already had a feud brewing with Farha and a verbal altercation turned violent. Members of the Houston area poker community said that AJ was previously employed by Johnny Chan’s 88 Social poker room, but Farha was successful in getting him fired after the two had an argument at the table.

AJ then began dealing in a competing room and was once again dealing to Farha. Witnesses claimed that the two began arguing again before AJ slapped Farha in the face and shoved him into the wall. Farha was struck in the face one more time before management was able to break up the fight. Both were forced to leave the poker room.

A picture posted in a Facebook group dedicated to the Houston poker scene showed Farha speaking with police the next day. However, no formal legal actions have been taken against the dealer yet.

One unnamed source told PokerNews that Farha ran behind the poker room’s staff as he was being attacked and that other dealers applauded when Farha was hit. Another source, who claimed to be a fellow dealer at Legends, said that Sammy “was being a douche as always.”

Commenters on the GoFundMe page confirmed that Farha wasn’t well-liked by dealers in the city because of how Farha treated them and praised AJ’s actions.

“When I first moved down to Houston, I was shocked to learn what a piece of garbage he was,” wrote Nicholas O about Farha in the comments section of the page. “Glad someone finally gave him what he deserves. I miss you yesterday at prime. I heard everyone paid for your drinks and someone even put you in [a poker tournament] for $200. Anytime you come in again, drinks on me. Also, Sammy, if you’re reading this, from all the dealers in Houston, go f*** yourself.”

Farha was known for playing in some of the biggest pot-limit Omaha games around. The Houston native racked up $2.88 million in live tournament earnings, with $1.3 million of that coming from his second-place finish to Chris Moneymaker.

But lately, he hasn’t been very active in the poker tournament world. He finished 66th in the $1,000 no-limit hold’em super seniors event at this past fall’s WSOP, but before that, his last cash came in the seniors event at the 2014 WSOP.

Farha has two WSOP bracelets with one coming in the $2,500 pot-limit Omaha in 1996 for $145,000 and the second coming in the $5,000 Omaha hi-lo in 2006, netting $398,560.