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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1959Beirut, Lebanon
Birth NameIhsan Farha

Mini Bio (1)

Ihsan "Sam" Farha was born in Beruit, Lebanon. As a teen, he excelled at Pac-Man, pinball, and pool, and he learned to make money on all three. He once played a single game of Pac-Man for $5,000. He moved to the United States in 1977 to attend the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.

He moved to Houston, Texas after graduating, where he worked several jobs before finding his calling at a poker table, playing with friends for fifty cents a hand.

He began playing with his friends more often, and at higher stakes. He tried his luck in Las Vegas, and turned $2,000 into $7,000. He finally decided he was good enough to quit his job and invest his money in poker.

He won the Pot-Limit Omaha championship at the World Series of Poker in 1996 and came in third in the event in 2002. In 2003, he was runner up at the World Series of Poker Main event, pocketing a $1,300,000 prize. In 2004, he took 19th place at the Grand Prix de Paris and 26th place at Festa al Luago.

His aggressive and unpredictable style of play, based upon his ability to read and intimidate his opponents, and based on the many different hands he plays has changed the face of poker.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nick Johansen

Trivia (9)

Real life Professional Poker Player. Runner up at the World Series of Poker in 2003. Called the "Humphrey Bogart" of Poker, due to a resemblance to the late actor.
Finishes 3rd out of the 64 elite player field in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, for $125,000. [March 2009]
Took 316th place (Out of a field of 5,619 players) at the World Series of Poker main event in 2005. [July 2005]
Wins Second WSOP bracelet in the 2006 WSOP $5,000 Omaha 8 or Better event #12, also taking home a cash prize of $398,560 [July 2006]
Finishes 6th (Out of 192 entrants) in the $10,000 WSOP Mixed event for $85,728, and 30th (Out of 453 entrants) in the 10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold 'Em event, for $21,657. [June 2008]
Takes 452nd - out of 7319 entrants - in the 2010 WSOP $10,000 main event, for $31,647. As of this tournament, his total poker winnings total $2,838,238. [July 2010]
Finished in 5th place (Tie) at the National Heads-Up Poker Championship (winning $75,000) [March 2006]
Wins his third gold bracelet, was well as $488,237 in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 OB Championship. This is the same tournament (At a $5,000 Buy-in) that he won for his second gold bracelet in 2006. Ironically, this was the first time he'd played in the event since winning the tournament in 2006, so, while he didn't win in consecutive years, he did win the tournament the first and second times he played in it. [June 2010]
Finishes 83rd (Out of 639 entrants) at the WPT Championship for $46,410. Also releases his book "Farha on Omaha" with Storms Reback, offering insight into the various games of Omaha. [April 2007]

Personal Quotes (1)

You have to gamble to win. If you don't gamble, you can't win.

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