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Poker Hand Matchup: Amir Lehavot vs. Marc McLaughlin

Swords K 6 4 J K

Amir Lehavot

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 35,225,000


73.93 %

86.67 %

6.82 %

Marc Mclaughlin

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 22,625,000


24.92 %

12.12 %

93.18 %


Posted On: Nov 14, 2013


Preflop, final table, nine handed, with the blinds at 250,000 and 500,000 and a 50,000 ante, Lehavot raised to 1,000,000 from the hijack seat, and McLaughlin called in the cutoff seat. On the flop Lehavot bet 1,250,000, and McLaughlin called. On the turn Lehavot checked, McLaughlin bet 2,500,000, and Lehavot called. On the river Lehavot checked, McLaughlin bet 7,200,000, and Lehavot called.


Lehavot lost a large pot in this hand due to an unfortunate runout after the flop, but his line through the turn and river certainly mitigated the damages. After his expected continuation bet on the flop that somewhat mimicked a mandatory bluff, Lehavot switched gears and checked it over to McLaughlin, under-representing his hand. Lehavot caught a lucky three-outer to come from behind, now leading with two-pair. The case King peeled on the river, leaving Lehavot with tremendous showdown value and incentive to go for a value bet. Lehavot made a savvy check instead, hoping to induce a river-bluff from his opponent in position while losing the minimum on the off chance his opponent had him beat. Had he led out and been raised by McLaughlin he would have been very hard pressed to ditch his holdings. McLaughlin bet such a substantial amount that Lehavot ruled out a check-raise, and Lehavot discovered his trips were no good against McLaughlin’s full house. Lehavot took a hit on the hand, but his excellent out-of-position line in the hand stemmed his losses.

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