Improbably, we've reached the end of Level 30. The players are on a short break.
|Blinds||90,000 / 180,000|
We're surprised more chips didn't go in the pot between James Dempsey and Sam Farha. Each player flopped a set on a flop. Dempsey bet and Farha called. It was the same action on the turn. When the filled a bunch of draws on the river, both players cecked. Dempsey showed down for a set of jacks. Farha flashed a set of sixes and mucked.
The two players are roughly level again.
"Every big hand," said Farha after a recent pot. "He sucks out every big hand." Farha had re-raised pre-flop after James Dempsey opened with a raise. Dempsey called, then called another bet on a flop of . Farha checked the turn, then folded to a bet from Dempsey - but not before his speech.
If there's a way to describe the action right now that doesn't involve some form of "tiring" or "tired", it might be that Sam Farha is trying to find one more gear to take this home. He's upped his aggression in the last 10 to 15 minutes, perhaps looking to take advantage of Dempsey's apparent exhaustion. It seems to be working. Dempsey keeps surrendering small pots on the flop or turn. Farha's chip lead is back up to 3-to-1.
The energy's gone from the room and from the final table. Everyone in the room is in a varying state of exhaustion. The aggression level at the final table is suffering as a result. The silver lining is that even the dumbest jokes and comments seem hilarious at this point, and there are a couple of guys in the gallery who are providing legions.
Nothing much is changing here in the Amazon Room. One player will scoop a big pot; a few minutes later the other player will scoop back. It's going to take a streak of unlucky hands for one of the two players in order to end this epic heads-up match.
Sammy Farha just asked the tournament announcer what today's tournament is. Later today, the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event begins at 12:00 p.m. That's less than seven hours from now and Farha said, "Well, I have to play it, how can I not?"
When the big bet represents 10% of the average stack, expect big swings. Sam Farha limped into a pot and James Dempsey checked behind. On a flop of Dempsey had first action and bet. Farha called.
The turn came . Dempsey fired again and seemed surprised to see Farha raise. He considered his options briefly before calling. The board paired on the river . Dempsey checked and then tanked for almost a minute after Farha bet. He finally opted to call, but Farha had the nuts. He showed down quad sixes to claim a huge pot.
Farha has the chip lead again.