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Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Players 212

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 90,000 / 180,000
Ante 0

Dempsey Clawing Back


Much to the delight of the drunken British railbirds ("Scoooooooooop!" is their new favorite word), James Dempsey is dragging himself back into the match. He scooped yet another pot after check-raising a flop of {k-Spades} {q-Hearts} {7-Hearts} and then betting the {4-Clubs} turn. Farha called the turn bet, then checked behind after Dempsey checked the {4-Diamonds} river. Dempsey showed {k-Clubs} {j-Hearts} {10-Hearts} {2-Clubs} for two pair, kings and fours, to claim the pot.

Dempsey is up to 1.8 million.

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Dempsey Showing Signs of Life

James Dempsey
James Dempsey

Sam Farha had opened a 15-to-1 chip lead over James Dempsey, but a series of pots have brought Dempsey back from the brink to only a 3-to-1 deficit. Most recently, he called after Farha raised the button and then check-called another bet on a flop of {j-Clubs} {5-Hearts} {2-Clubs}. Both players checked the {3-Spades} turn. Dempsey then took the initiative to bet the {8-Clubs} river. Farha called but couldn't beat {4-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {9-Clubs}, a six-high straight and a low.

Dempsey now has about 1.65 million. Farha has roughly 4.8 million.

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Dempsey Doubles


At this point, any pair must look like a monster to the short-stacked James Dempsey. He opened his button pre-flop and was called by Sam Farha. They got one bet in on the {j-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} flop, and then the rest of Dempsey's were in on the {10-Spades} turn. Farha called with {8-Hearts} {9-Spades} {k-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}, a partial wrap draw. Dempsey showed {8-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {6-Clubs} {6-Diamonds}. That hand made a full house, tens full of eights, with the {10-Clubs} river. Dempsey scooped and doubled to 750,000 to stay alive.

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Dempsey Misfires


It's looking grim for James Dempsey now. He's down to 375,000 after losing another pot to Sam Farha. Dempsey raiesd the button and was called by Farha. Farha led a flop of {k-Diamonds} {q-Clubs} {6-Spades}, with Dempsey calling. On the {9-Diamonds} turn, Farha fired again. Dempsey made a raise, then snap-folded when Farha announced a re-raise.

The Farha train is rolling towards the finish line now.

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All Farha


It continues to go poorly for James Dempsey in the heads-up portion. He was in the big blind and called a raise from Sam Farha on the button. Both players cecked the {k-Spades} {7-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} flop. Dempsey led the {9-Hearts} turn and was called by Farha. Both players checked the {5-Clubs} river. Farha showed {a-Diamonds} {q-Hearts} {9-Spades} {6-Hearts} to claim the pot.

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Farha Widens the Lead

Sam Farha
Sam Farha

Small pot by small pot, Sam Farha is widening his lead. He's up to 4.9 million chips now after a pot in which James Dempsey took a long time facing a bet on the river. He eventually folded and conceded the pot to Farha.

Dempsey still has 1.5 million.

Farha Rolling


We're heads up now, with Sam Farha starting out with the chip lead. he's one a few small pots to start to open a 4.3 million to 2.1 million lead. With limits at 100,000 and 200,000, Dempsey has room but things could go south quickly.


Yueqi "Richard" Zhu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($225,326)

Yueqi "Richard" Zhu - 3rd place
Yueqi "Richard" Zhu - 3rd place

No sooner had Richard Zhu asked for a spectator to be thrown out of the final table area than he was all in pre-flop against James Dempsey. Dempsey had Zhu in this spot several times during the last hour, but Zhu managed to wriggle away every time. Their hands for this confrontation were:

Dempsey: {a-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {5-Spades} {4-Spades}
Zhu: {4-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {10-Diamonds}

Dempsey and Zhu were both on their feet for a flop that came {2-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {4-Clubs}. Dempsey flopped a lock low hand.

"Now you can't lose," noted Sam Farha. Things got even better for Dempsey when the turn came {3-Hearts} to give him a wheel. He had to sweat one last river card, which blanked out harmlessly with the {j-Diamonds} to finally end Zhu's tournament. He leaves in third place with $225,326 and, finally, the tournament is heads up.

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Kicked Out


Although most of the people here are rooting on James Dempsey, there's a couple of older men cheering for Sammy Farha and engaging in some friendly banter with the Dempsey cheering section while having a few cocktails themselves. Just a few moments ago, that friendly banter turned a little ugly when one of the men cheering for Farha yelled out, "You can't mess with the Lebanese unless you're Chinese! I don't see any Chinese at the table!"

Yueqi Zhu snapped his head around and seemed to take some offense to the comment, being Chinese himself. A few moments later the man continued with another comment.

"Everything made in China always breaks!" he yelled out.

Zhu's head immediately snapped around again. "Shut the f*** up!" he yelled back at the man.

The tournament announcer warned the man over the microphone, but Zhu insisted that he be removed from the final table arena. The man was then escorted out by security.

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