Farha and the World Series of Poker

Farha sitting on pocket Ace, 10, opens for 200 chips. That statement in most circles will send a slight chill through the bodies of the other players. But it’s how we got started on this conversation-worthy hand from an early round of the World Series of Poker a couple years ago.

Oliver Hudson, celebrity sibling – as the judges have gone through great lengths to tell us – rubs his chin a couple times (is this intentional? Do they players actually not know they’re throwing out tells like their pennies in a fountain?) and raises back. He’s sitting on pocket 10’s himself. Already with a 69% statistical advantage, Hudson now sits stone-faced, trying to play it cool in the company of a professional and legend.

The flop, the ridiculous flop, the…..insane flop….is Ace, Ace, 10. So both players land of full houses, but Sammy Farha of Full Tilt Poker has the high hand, and quickly earns the check mark. It probably bears mentioning that this is actually the first hand in the entire tournament. Talk about quick action right out of the gates.

Both players do a great job of restraining their faces. Both are wearing sunglasses, as well, and it’s situations like this that you appreciate what that’ll do for you. In a not entirely shocking move, both players check.

The turn, not that it matters, is a queen. Now Hudson moves, though, and bets 300 chips. Can’t blame the guy, I’d have done the same thing. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have been as disciplined and tossed some more in the middle after the flop.

It’s quick and dirty from this point on. Farha raises back to 1,300 chips. Hudson goes all-in (oops). FullTilt Farha calls right away, and after Hudson reveals his boat, Farha casually flips his cards, like it ain’t no thing, and doesn’t say a word.

Hudson throws out an “Oh my God!” and a “First hand!” – but it’s all just sprinkles and whipped cream on Farha’s 10,000-chip banana split.

I think most people would agree this one might have been a little more luck of the draw than actual betting skill, but who cares, that’s a crazy flop, and the fact that it was on the first hand of the tournament only adds to the amazement.

The announcers’ comments at the end are priceless if not obvious. “He just blew through 10 grand in about 90 seconds.” Awesome.