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.
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.
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 and Zhu were both on their feet for a flop that came . Dempsey flopped a lock low hand.
"Now you can't lose," noted Sam Farha. Things got even better for Dempsey when the turn came to give him a wheel. He had to sweat one last river card, which blanked out harmlessly with the to finally end Zhu's tournament. He leaves in third place with $225,326 and, finally, the tournament is heads up.
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.
As if things haven't gotten loud enough on the final table stage, James Dempsey's cheering section, have literally had another batch of over 50 beers delivered. It took two cocktail waitresses with giant trays to carry all the beer in.
James Dempsey's railbirds seem quite fond of Sammy Farha, as long as he's not in a pot against Dempsey. Farha tangled with Richard Zhu in the last pot, with Dempsey sitting out. By the time they got to the river, several bets were in the pot. Farha fired out 160,000 on a board of [jd . Zhu called but couldn't beat , two pair eights and sevens and the nut low.
Dempsey's railbirds were overjoyed. So was Farha. Perhaps not surprisingly, Zhu was not
The later the night goes, the drunker the British railbirds supporting James Dempsey get and the rowdier their cheers and chants become.
"Cocktails!" is a common refrain. They're also fond of "He's a doctor!" whenever Flushy wins a pot, though nobody has been able to tell us *why* he's a doctor and what relevance that has to anything. "Sammy give us a wave" is chanted whenever Sam Farha loses a pot to Flushy. There are also various other chants that we can only assume have some special significance if you grew up doing odd things like playing cricket and eating crumpets.
We can't imagine what it would be like to watch England's quadrennial failure in the World Cup with these guys. At least there would be plenty of beer.