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World Series of Poker -- Sam Farha Wins Event No. 25

Stops James Dempsey's Run at Second Bracelet of the Series


Sam FarhaSam Farha hadn’t cashed in a major poker tournament in over a year going into event No. 25 ($10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship).

The cash-game pro ended the drought with his third bracelet in one of the longest Omaha 8/OB final tables in history — over 12 hours of tense action.

Farha’s win prevented the 2010 World Series of Poker from seeing its first double-bracelet winner. James Dempsey, winner of event No. 9 ($1,500 pot-limit hold’em), finally faltered after four hours of heads-up battle.

The 2003 main event runner-up now has three WSOP titles in variations of Omaha. With only eight cashes in his career at the summer series, Farha has three bracelets.

Even though Farha’s win puts him in the company of fellow three-time bracelet winners such as Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow, and Chip Reese, he only worries about numbers that are preceded by a dollar sign.

“I am not competing for bracelets,” Farha said. “If I did, I would play every single event. I pick the events that I like. I am not trying to compete to get 10 bracelets or 11 bracelets. I don’t like tournaments too much.”

Here are the final results:

1. Sam Farha — $488,237
2. James Dempsey — $301,790
3. Yueqi Zhu — $225,326
4. Sergey Altbregin — $169,368
5. Tony Merksick — $128,097
6. Michael Chow — $97,508
7. Eugene Katchalov — $74,670
8. Abe Mosseri — $57,552
9. Steve Wong — $44,619

Here are the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Steve Wong

Steve Wong Eliminated in Ninth Place ($44,619)

Sam Farha raised, James Dempsey called, and Steve Wong moved all in for 56,000 total. Farha and Dempsey called. The flop came KHeart Suit 6Spade Suit 5Heart Suit, and Farha led out. Dempsey called. The QClub Suit fell on the turn, and action went check-check. The 10Diamond Suit hit the river. Farha exposed the AClub Suit 10Spade Suit 9Spade Suit 3Heart Suit for a pair of tens. Dempsey mucked, and Wong tabled the ASpade Suit 8Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit for a pair of sixes. He was eliminated from the tournament.

Abe Mosseri Eliminated in Eighth Place ($57,552)

Abe Mosseri was all in after a flop of ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit versus Yueqi Zhu. Zhu tabled the ASpade Suit QHeart Suit 6Heart Suit 2Spade Suit and was behind the AClub Suit KSpade Suit JSpade Suit 5Diamond Suit of Mosseri. The 9Spade Suit fell on the turn. Zhu picked up a flush draw to go along with his low draw. The QDiamond Suit on the river gave Zhu a higher two pair and eliminated Mosseri.

Eugene Katchalov Eliminated in Seventh Place ($74,670)

Eugene Katchalov had all his chips in the middle preflop versus Sam Farha and Sergey Altbregin. The flop came KDiamond Suit 8Club Suit 8Spade Suit, and Farha bet. Altbregin called. The 4Heart Suit fell on the turn, and action went check-check. The KHeart Suit landed on the felt, and Farha checked. Altbregin bet, and Farha called. Altbregin exposed the AHeart Suit KSpade Suit 7Heart Suit 2Spade Suit, winning the side pot and the main pot versus the the ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit QClub Suit 5Spade Suit of Katchalov.

Michael Chow

Michael Chow Eliminated in Sixth Place ($97,508)

Michael Chow got all of his chips in the middle preflop versus James Dempsey. Demspey exposed the AHeart Suit KSpade Suit 5Heart Suit 2Club Suit, and Chow tabled the ASpade Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 4Heart Suit. The board ran out QClub Suit 9Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 3Heart Suit JDiamond Suit, and Chow was eliminated.

Tony Merksick Eliminated in Fifth Place ($128,097)

Sergey Altbregin bet, James Dempsey raised, Yueqi Zhu called, and Tony Merksick reraised. Altbregin called, and Dempsey threw in the fifth bet. Zhu, Merksick, and Altbregin called. The flop came KClub Suit 10Club Suit 7Spade Suit, and Zhu bet. All three of his opponents called, and the 6Heart Suit pealed off the deck. Zhu bet again, Merksick called all in for his tournament life, Altbregin called, and Dempsey called. The 6Spade Suit on the river prompted another bet from Zhu. Altbregin folded. Dempsey called. Zhu tabled the KSpade Suit KHeart Suit JHeart Suit JDiamond Suit for kings full. Dempsey mucked his inferior hand, and Merksick exposed the AClub Suit 6Club Suit 5Club Suit 3Spade Suit for his elimination.

Sergey Altbregin Eliminated in Fourth Place ($169,368)

Sergey Altbregin raised from the button, and Yueqi Zhu called from the big blind. The flop came AHeart Suit KSpade Suit QDiamond Suit, and Altbregin got the rest of his short stack into the middle. Zhu called and tabled the AClub Suit KHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit 9Club Suit, while Altbregin exposed the ADiamond Suit 7Heart Suit 5Club Suit 4Club Suit. The 9Spade Suit fell on the turn, giving Zhu a set. Altbregin was drawing dead. The meaningless ASpade Suit landed on the felt. Altbregin was gone in fourth.

James Dempsey

Yueqi Zhu Eliminated in Third Place ($225,326)

Zhu was all in preflop against James Dempsey. Dempsey exposed the AHeart Suit KHeart Suit 5Spade Suit 4Spade Suit, while Zhu tabled the 4Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 10Club Suit 10Diamond Suit. The board ran out 8Club Suit 4Club Suit 2Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit JDiamond Suit, giving Dempsey the wheel and ending Zhu’s tournament.

James Dempsey Eliminated in Second Place ($301,790), Sam Farha Wins Event No. 25 ($488,237)

James Dempsey got his last 200,000 in the middle with the JHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 5Club Suit. Sam Farha called with the JClub Suit 9Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit. Farha and Dempsey witnessed the board run out 10Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 3Spade Suit 10Heart Suit 10Club Suit, completely bricking for Dempsey. Farha won the title and $488,237.



11 years ago

farha, you the man!


11 years ago

You just have to Love this guy, Congrats SammY!


11 years ago

congradualation Sammy :)
you're the BEST Omaha Player in the world :)


11 years ago

Now that you have a roll again, come back on High Stakes Poker!!


11 years ago

congrats to the rudest player at the poker tables...I'm sure the dealers were well taken care of


11 years ago

Yeah well I won my 1st Omaha 8 or better $1.20 sit and go this week. My 1st try. Yeah me. Contact me if you would like to write a cardplayer article about me.


11 years ago

seriously, are there still people who think he's a "good guy" ????


11 years ago

When I think, Professional Gambler, I think of this guy. Knocking out fools, fleecing chumps, and dropping a bundle in the pits just for the hell of it. Keep up the roll, Sammy!