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2006 WSOP Events #10 and #12: $1,500 7 Card Stud and $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo

WSOP, 2006-07-08, by TwoGun

Both Sam Farha and David Williams know the heartbreak of coming up just short in a WSOP event. The two of them were the 2nd place finishers in the 2003 and 2004 Main Events, respectively. Yesterday was a nice day of redemption for them. Both won a WSOP bracelet.

For Williams, the $1,500 7 Card Stud event led him on a path to his first WSOP bracelet. Williams outlasted a tough field of 487 players to capture the $163,000 first place prize. At Williams' final table, ten-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan, whose attempt at number eleven stalled in 7th place.

Sam Farha's road to a bracelet was even more difficult. The $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo event drew 265 players, most of whom were dripping with talent. Farha found himself heads-up against one of the best players in the world, Phil Ivey, who had nearly a 2:1 chip advantage. However, Farha made quick work of Ivey and captured his second career WSOP bracelet, as well as $398,000. At one point on the money bubble, Phil Ivey's chip stack had decreased to less than one big blind. His miraculous comeback came up just short of netting him his 6th career bracelet, but did come with a $219,000 consolation prize.

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