Sam Farha

He established himself as a talented gamer as a youth, playing Pac-man, pinball and pool at a high level.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1959, Farha was forced to relocate to the United States as a teen after the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War.

He established himself as a talented gamer as a youth, playing Pac-man, pinball and pool at a high level, so much so that he once won $5,000 in a single game of Pac-man. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in business administration, he moved to Houston in 1986 to be closer to his family. It was here that he was introduced to poker playing in home games, and four years later he turned professional.

Known as one of the world’s premier cash game players, specialising in Omaha and Texas Hold Em, Farha appeared on the first four seasons of poker television program High Stakes Poker. On season four of the show Farha showed his gambler’s spirit when he and Patrik Antonius created a $998,800 pot on the flop with Farha holding just a king-high flush draw against Antonius’ pair of nines. They agreed to run the turn and river four times, with Antonius winning three of the four times.

Farha has also shown himself to be a more than capable tournament player in addition to his cash-game success. He has managed to win three World Series of Poker bracelets, all of them in Omaha events. Farha also finished as runner up to Chris Moneymaker in the 2003 WSOP Main Event, losing to Moneymaker’s flopped bottom two pair. Farha, however almost didn’t make it to the final table: on day two of the event he lost a large pot to Barry Greenstein leaving him with just 10% of the average stack. Farha was going to leave the tournament, but was convinced to stay by Greenstein himself.

Despite losing heads-up, Farha still banked $1,300,000 for his second place finish. Farha is one of the most recognisable players at any poker table, usually found wearing expensive clothes and jewellery, fondling an unlit cigarette.

Crazy Fact: Farha knocked actor Oliver Hudson out of the 2004 Main Event in the first hand of play, with a better full-house.

Read More
11 years ago35,942

Published 11 years ago

Sam Farhas 33s cracks amateurs AAs

Second hand in the 2005 WSOP main event, with the blinds at 25/50, an amateur raises to 1,000 (for real) with AAs and Sam Farha ca...

5 years ago4,455LaoTze,

Published 5 years ago

HSP: Sammy Farha - Just call me

HSP: Sammy Farha - Just call me

4 years ago10,551ThePokerAces,

Published 4 years ago

Jamie Gold battles Sam Farha on HSP - KK vs AA

Jamie Golf and Sam Farha get inside each others head as they battle on high stakes poker.

4 years ago5,557ThePokerAces,

Published 4 years ago

Sammy Farha gets lucky with his first hand!

Sammy Farha gets lucky with boat over boat against actor Oliver Hudson in the first hand of the 2003 WSOP.

4 years ago4,312ThePokerAces,

Published 4 years ago

HSP: Freddy Deeb Feeling Insulted

Freddy Deeb losing his temper on High Stakes Poker as he feels insulted

3 years ago4,592ThePokerAces,

Published 3 years ago

Sam Farha - Confidence Wins

Sam Farha is behind on the flop but finds some hearts to save the day

3 years ago3,490ThePokerAces,

Published 3 years ago

HSP - Farha and Todd Brunson Run it Twice

Todd Brunson and Sam Farha run it twice for all the marbles

3 years ago3,578ThePokerAces,

Published 3 years ago

Barry Greenstein vs Sam Farha-Collision of Monsters

The ultimate cooler just before the players call it a night on the High Stakes Poker

3 years ago3,076ThePokerAces,

Published 3 years ago

Farha vs Greenstein - Mega Cooler and Bad Beat

Last hand a massive bad beat - Farha vs Greenstein

3 years ago2,842BestPokerVids,

Published 3 years ago

Poker Legend Tribute - Sam Farha

Tribute to one of true poker legends - Sam Farha

Top 3 Heads-Up Battles of All Time

There have many legendary battles across the years, $millions and huge titles coming down to the mano-a-mano form of poker.

Jamie Gold's Return Results in World's Greatest Fold!

Jamie Gold’s poker brain finally catches up with his mouth!

Best ever All-In Moments in WSOP History

There is no bigger spectacle than at the World Series of Poker and many a classic all-in moment has taken place there.