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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

WSOP Event #7: $10,000 PLO World Championship Winner Amir Lehavot

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What started with 249 entries and a $10,000 buy-in worked its way down to 27 survivors on Day 3, all looking to bank the $573,456 first-place prize and take home the World Series of Poker bracelet for winning the $10,000 Championship Pot Limit Omaha event! Eliminations ran at full speed and the field went from 27 to the final table in just five hours. Amir Lehavot was the victor, taking the spoils of war and his first WSOP bracelet.

Lehavot's victory was not a cake walk as the players in his path were many that were tried and true in the green felt battles. Just a few of the big names that were eliminated in the early stages of Day 3 were: Nenad Medic (25th- $20,129), Jennifer Tilly (21st- $20,129), Mike Matusow (20th- $20,129), Owen Crowe (15th- 32,183), Robert Mizrachi (12th- $40,890), and Toby Lewis (11th- $40,890).

When the field had dropped to nine, play moved to the ESPN feature table.

Four handed play found Stephen Chidwick raising to 80,000 from the cutoff with Amir Lehavot reraising from the button. The blind folded and Chidwick moved all in for about 620,000 total.  Lehavot called and it was close to a flip between Chidwick's {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Lehavot's {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts}

The crowd was up and yelling as the flop came {9-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{10-Spades} which gave Chidwick two pair and his supporters went into celebration mode. They did overlook the fact that Lehavot had outs.  The turned {8-Hearts} gave Lehavot an open-ended straight draw.

It felt like a shock-and-awe campaign as the {Q-Spades} on the river gave Lehavot a Broadway straight. Silence fell from the supporters as Stephen Chidwick shook hands with the remaining players and exited in 4th place for $198,927.

Sam Stein was the short stack between Amir Lehavot and Jarred Solomon and when Stein moved all-in preflop from the big blind following an opening raise from Lehavot in the small blind, Lehavot called and the hands were tabled:

Stein: {A-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Lehavot: {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Stein missed the flop when it rolled off {A-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs} and he needed running straight cards or a six to double up. The turn brought the {3-Spades} and the {7-Hearts} on the river ended the tournament for Sam Stein left with $264,651 for 3rd place.

Jarred Solomon had the button and raised to 100,000 with Amir Lehavot putting in a three-bet to 265,000 from the big blind.  Solomon four-bet the pot and the cards were turned face up to reveal Solomon holding {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} to Lehavot's {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. The board left a glimmer of hope for Solomon when it hit with {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for four outs to make a straight, the {10-Diamonds} on the turn ended the competition for Solomon.  The {2-Diamonds} was simply a river card that had no bearing and Jarred Solomon took home $354,460 for 2nd place.

Amir Lehavot, an Israeli born businessman and poker player won his first WSOP Gold Bracelet and $573,456 for 1st place.  Congratulations Amir!

Amir Lehavot
Jarred Solomon
Sam Stein
Stephen Chidwick 
Tommy Vinas 
Nicolas Levi
Eric Cloutier
McLean Karr
Michael Benvenuti 

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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