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Poker Hand Matchup: Amir Lehavot vs. Jay Farber

Swords T 4 2 9 A

Amir Lehavot

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

Starting Stack: 22,125,000


35.36 %

22.83 %

18.18 %

Jay Farber

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

Starting Stack: 39,400,000


64.11 %

77.17 %

81.82 %


Posted On: Nov 14, 2013


Preflop, final table, six handed, with the blinds at 300,000 and 600,000 and a 75,000 ante, Farber raised to 1,300,000 from the hijack seat, Lehavot reraised to 3,100,000 from the small blind, and Farber called. On the flop Lehavot bet 2,300,000, and Farber called. On the turn Lehavot bet 4,000,000, and Farber called. On the river Lehavot checked, and Farber checked.


When Lehavot woke up with two broadway cards while facing an opening raise from a deep stacked opponent in late position, he thought a three-bet might end the hand. Farber was quite strong however, and he quickly absorbed the reraise. Lehavot tried in vain to maintain control of the hand, leading out on the flop he had missed. Farber floated with his leading Ace high. A larger bet from Lehavot might have been more discouraging. Lehavot reiterated strength on the turn, now semibluffing with his gutshot straight draw and two overcards to the board. Farber would have likely been done with the hand at this point but he had picked up the nut flush draw, which he pursued with the call. Lehavot wisely gave up on the river, his out of position bluffs were met with resistance and the river failed to improve his holding. With over 18 million in the pot, the bet sizing involved with this third barrel would constitute all or most of his stack, so he did well to hit the brakes instead of using the Ace as a scare card. Lehavot lost 42% of his stack on the hand, but he extended his run into a 3rd place finish good for $3,727,823.

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