Farha Blazes Path to 3rd WSOP Bracelet: Day 18 Recap

Sammy Farha

Every day at the 2010 World Series of Poker brings some new drama and Day 18's tournament schedule was no exception.

Stellar fields, a run at "Player of the Year" from James Dempsey and a bracelet won by one of the most iconic figures in poker - day 18 of the WSOP truly did have it all.

Event 24 - $1k No-Limit Hold-em

Day 2 saw 512 players return to take their chance to make the money. Within 2.5 hours, the money bubble had burst seeing Tom Dwan, Tony Dunst, and Arnaud Mattern cash in a pay check.

By the time the day was finished, just 30 remained and when the players hook up to play down tomorrow, they will all be shooting for Joseph Grenon, the chip leader at the end of play.

Event 25 - $10k Omaha/8

A field rammed with the best poker players around was always likely to produce a high-calibre final table and so it proved with Abe Mosseri, Michael Chow, Sammy Farha and recent bracelet-winner James Dempsey all lining up to take their shot at glory.

After a tough day's play, it was James Dempsey and Sammy Farha who met heads-up in what proved an epic struggle. After six hours of heads-up, it was Farha who ended up picking up the WSOP bracelet and the $488,237 first prize.

"I love the game," said Farha afterward. "This is my hobby, my business. You have to love the game to do well."

A shattered Dempsey looked distraught to have missed out on a second bracelet, but his performances have still left him in contention for the Player of the Year position.

Event 26 - $2.5k No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed

Day number one of the $2.5k NLHE six handed featured 1,245 players competing to start the day but after a highly attritional day only 156 will return for day two tomorrow in the Amazon Room.

Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Shulman, Annette Obrestad, Jerry Yang and Amnon Filippi are among the top names remaining. Yang and Shulman sit among the top 10 in chips.

A number of top pros weren't so lucky: Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth and many others were all eliminated before reaching day two.

The winner of the six-handed event-who will be crowned on Wednesday-will take home just over $630k in prize money.

Join us tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.  as we rejoin all of the action.

Event 27 - $1.5k Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better

Apparently there was more than just prop betting going on in the Amazon Room this evening, though during the first level there was more side action than actual hands being played on the felt.

Once all of the side bets were made, 644 players faced off for the seven card stud hi-low bracelet. There were many familiar faces in the house including Howard Lederer, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Haschem, Mike Sexton and recent stud bracelet winner Men the Master.

There are 64 spots in the money, with $208,682. If Howard Lederer would have won then he was in line to get an extra $200k on top thanks to the 200:1 odds he got from Tom Dwan. Unfortunately for Lederer he got short stacked late in the night and was eliminated.

For more information on how this action-packed day played out at the series, click through to the PokerListings WSOP page.

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