Poker Pro Sammy Farha Wins WSOP Event #25: $10,000 Omaha 8 Or BetterJune 16, 2010 8:15 am
Popular poker pro Sam Farha has won the WSOP $10,000 Omaha 8 or better World Championship, after defeating a field of 212 players over three days to pick up a first place prize of $488,237, as well as a third career WSOP bracelet.
Many will remember Sam Farha as the high risk, flamboyant cash player with an unlit cigarette perennially dangling from his mouth in the early episodes of ‘High Stakes Poker.’
He is also a prolific tournament player and has amassed over $2,300,000 from live tournament winnings, with $2,020,155 coming from his 7 cashes at WSOP events.
Included in the list are WSOP gold winners bracelets for the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha in 1996, $5,000 Limit Omaha 8/B in 2006, and now the $10,000 World Championship Limit Omaha 8/B at this year’s event. He also famously came runner up in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event against Chris Moneymaker, for a $1,300,000 pay-day.
Ihsan (Sammy) Farha came to the United States in 1975 in the wake of the Lebanese Civil War, and in 1990 quit his job after discovering he had a knack for playing poker. Since then Farha hasn’t looked back and has made a considerable fortune over his long and lucrative playing career. Commenting on his life long affair with poker, Farha said:
“I love the game. I enjoy the game. This is my hobby. This is my business. This is everything, you know. I enjoy it and that’s why I do it. You have to enjoy the game to be good at it.”
And good at it he is too. Sammy is also a charming man with a beaming smile, and has picked up an army of fans throughout his time as a poker pro. When asked what was it like to have picked up a second WSOP Limit Omaha 8/B title, Sammy quipped:
“In a way, it’s like I won it two years in a row. I did not play this event in 2007, 08, or 09.”