$10k Omaha/8 - Sammy Farha Wins!
It's been an epic heads-up contest and ideally the final hand would have had more gravitas about it, but in the end Sammy Farha overcame James Dempsey in an anti-climactic, almost comical fashion.
This is how.
Farha Wins Third Bracelet
With the blinds a whopping 90k 180k and the limits 180k 360k, it would only take a few hands strung together to find a winner and that's what we saw.
Farha had managed to win several hands to leave Dempsey desperately short, with the result that Dempsey felt forced to go with a weak hand in search of a double-up.
He and Sammy got their chips in preflop - Dempsey holding J♥ 8♦ 6♣ 5♣ whilst Farha held J♣ 9♥ 7♦ 4♥ - hardly two powerhouse hands.
The flop looked good for Dempsey - T♦ 4♠ 3♠ offering him the best low draw and an open-ended straight draw.
The turn was a relative blank, the T♥. "That's a good card for me," said Sammy as it kept him just ahead for now.
The river fell...the T♣!
Another ten meant both players played trip tens and incredibly Farha's J-9 was ahead of Dempsey's J-8 by just a smidgen. It was enough though, and Farha had sealed the victory after the hardest fought heads-up game we've seen in a long time.
2nd place was worth $301,790 for Dempsey but he sat on the sidelines, his head in his hands chewing on a sausage sandwich - clearly shattered after having fought so hard only to come up just short of his second bracelet.
Meanwhile Sammy Farha wins and takes down $488,237 and the coveted WSOP bracelet!
"It is very special," said Farha. "The field is amazing!"
So that brings an end to what has been an intense and superbly contested Omaha/8 Championship. Congratulations to both Dempsey and Farha for fighting for the bracelet so competitively.
We'll have winner shots and a full re-cap of the day up shortly but for now thanks for following.
It's been emotional.
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