Farha moved to the United States after the Lebanese Civil War broke out when he was a teenager.  After settling in Wichita, Kansas, in 1977, he attended the University of Kansas.  He graduated with a degree in business administration and moved to Houston, Texas, to work with his brother. Farha first played a game of poker a year after moving to Houston, and won several thousand dollars. He quit his job in 1990 to focus on playing poker full-time. 
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