It’s time for another recap of what’s been happening over the last week at the World Series of Poker. Here’s a rundown of the newsmakers and headline grabbers:
Anyone who’s ever seen High Stakes Poker or that magical last hand of the 2003 WSOP Main Event knows the name Sammy Farha. The notorious runner-up to Chris Moneymaker that year, Farha hasn’t done too much at the World Series since – stuck at 2 WSOP Championship bracelets. Not having cashed in a major tournament in over a year, Farha has claimed to have a preference for the cash games instead. Regardless, Farha returned in a big way at this year’s World Series, taking down the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship.
En route to his 3rd bracelet, Sammy Farha defeated James Dempsey (a pot-limit Hold’em bracelet winner from earlier in the 2010 World Series) and took home a first prize of approximately $500,000.
Matt Keikoan and Dutch Boyd
Matt Keikoan and Dutch Boyd each won their second WSOP bracelets this week. Keikoan’s came in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em World Championship, while Boyd took down the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event. Keikoan scored $425,969 for his win while Boyd had to “settle” for just over $230K.
Who Says Poker Dealers Can’t Play?
Each year, the World Series of Poker begins with the Casino Employees Championship Event. Up until this year, however, none of this event’s winners had tasted victory in an open WSOP event. The man to breakthrough: David Warga. The 2002 Casino Employees champion won his 2nd bracelet in a 7-Card Stud event, besting a tough field in which only 64 players cashed. Since his first win 8 years ago, Warga has gone on to become a professional poker player; needless to say, this is his biggest victory and payday to date (over $200,000).