How and Why Amir Lehavot was Eliminated in Third Place

Amir Lehavot got all in on the first hand of three-handed but couldn't find a double up. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Amir Lehavot got all in on the first hand of three-handed but couldn’t find a double up. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Amir Lehavot arrived at the final table second in chips, and though he took a slight chip lead very early on at the final table and held on for a third place finish, he never seemed to gain any momentum.

Lehavot lost two key pots that ultimately lead to a crippled stack.

He took the first major blow to his stack on the 29th hand of play, after he opened to 1 million from the hijack seat and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin called in the cutoff. Lehavot fired 1.25 million on the K 6 4 flop and McLaughlin made the call. Lehavot checked the J turn, McLaughlin bet 2.5 million and Lehavot called. The river brought the K, McLaughlin bet 7.2 million and Lehavot quickly called. He┬áturned over A K, for a rivered three of a kind, but it would fall to McLaughlin’s K J that filled up on the river.

The second hit to Lehavot’s stack came in a three-bet pot against Jay Farber on the 87th hand of the day.

Farber opened to 1.3 million from the hijack seat and Lehavot raised to 3.1 million from the small blind. Farber called, and they saw a flop of T 4 2 heads up. Lehavot bet 2.3 million and Farber called. They saw the 9 hit the turn and Lehavot fired out 4 million. Lehavot checked the A river and Farber checked back. Lehavot turned over K J and Farber showed the winning A Q, scooping the pot. At the

Lehavot, who started the hand with 25.475 million, was left with 12.65 million, losing less than half his stack.

As play reached six-handed, Lehavot’s began to slip away, and eventually he was the short stack at the table, holding as little as 8.1 million, with blinds at 400,000/800,000 and a 100,000 ante. About six hours after play started on the day, Lehavot stole the blinds and antes with a shove, and on the next hand he three-bet over a raise from Ryan Riess, giving Lehavot a stack of 12.7 million, still the smallest at the table.

Ryan Riess was on the button, and he raised to 1.7 million. Amir Lehavot moved all in for 11.2 million from the small blind, and Riess called.

Lehavot found a spot to double up with J J against the A 6 of Riess, who had raised to 1.7 million and called Lehavot’s shove for 11.2 million. The board ran out T 5 3 T 7 to give Lehavot some breathing room and 23.6 million in chips.

But it wasn’t enough for Lehavot to hang on.

With McLaughlin losing a cooler against Farber and Sylvain Loosli busting shortly after, Lehavot found himself with a guaranteed third-place finish up against two much larger stacks in Ryan Riess and Farber.

On the hand after Loosli busted, with blinds at 500,000/1 million, Riess raised to 2 million from the small blind and Lehavot shoved for 21.5 million.

Riess called quickly with T T, a favorite over the 7 7 of Lehavot. The board ran out Q 8 4 2 J, sending Lehavot to the rail and earning $3,727,823.

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