The Israeli, already the short stack at 21.15 million, pushed all of his chips into the center of the table. With the stakes getting higher and higher, Riess called Lehavot’s move to set up the concluding hand of the first day of the Main Event Final Table.
Once the cards were turned, Riess’ 10c10d was in complete control of Lehavot’s 7s7d. It was going to be an uphill climb for Lehavot that was made even harder once the flop – Qc8c4h – turned up and offered little help to the Israeli. The 2d showed up on the turn and did little, too, leaving Lehavot with just two outs if he wanted to keep his dreams of winning the Main Event alive.
Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be as the Jd landed on the river, giving Riess the pot and sending Lehavot to the rail. The latter still pocketed a cool $3,727,823 so we doubt he was too bummed about missing out on a Top 2 finish.
At the conclusion of the first day of the Final Table, it’s going to be a decidedly American affair with Farber and Riess set to compete for the title and the glory of becoming the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion.
Farber has a distinct chip lead over Riess, 105,000,000 to 85,675,000, but the latter will not likely go out meekly. Expect fireworks tomorrow when the two return to the felt to see who’s going to have his hand raised when all is said and done.