PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine's profile presented in no particular order of importance.
Amir Lehavot lives in Weston, Florida, and holds an engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His degree is obviously working because he engineered a November Nine seat after spending a number of years as a professional poker player. He's an Israeli native and the oldest player at the November Nine at 38 years old.
Lehavot has built a solid tournament reputation since 2009 with 12 World Series of Poker cashes (not including November Nine 2013) that total $818,414. He won the 2011 Event #7 $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship to score his first WSOP gold bracelet and $573,456 first-place prize money. Prior to the November Nine guaranteed cash of $733,224, the PLO Championship was his biggest cash.
Lehavot’s poker career cashes also include fourth in the 2011 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship Event for $421,680; first in a $1,900 No Limit Hold’em event at the Bay 101 Shooting Star for $140,500; 15th in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for $57,442; and 226th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $32,963. Lehavot is no stranger to online poker, he's won more than $500,000 multi-tabling tournaments on PokerStars as "AmirSF."
The first six days of the WSOP Main Event found Lehavot working at building his stack, but Day 7 is when the wind separated the grain from the chaff. In roughly two hours of play, his stack went from 1.7 million to 17 million — at one point he had over 30 million. He starts the final table as the second biggest stack with 29.7 million.
Lehavot's final table position isn't the best but he'll put his engineering skills to work and be set to conquer with two of the shorter stacks and Ryan Riess (fifth biggest stack at the table) on his right, he can take advantage of the opportunity if they shove. The third biggest stack, Marc Mclaughlin, is directly on his left and chip leader JC Tran is the next seat after that. Lehavot has a definite edge over the other members of the November Nine — except for JC Tran — with his WSOP final table experience.
Sarah Grant's interview with Lehavot after the November Nine was set:
Our introduction to the featured November Nine players:
- Jay Farber
- David Benefield
- Ryan Riess
- Michiel Brummelhuis
- Marc McLaughlin
- JC Tran
- Mark Newhouse
- Sylvain Loosli.
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