November Nine's Amir Lehavot: “Carlos Mortensen is Just a Class Act”

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Amir Lehavot

Israeli-American poker pro Amir Lehavot finished third in the WSOP Main Event for $3.7 million and thanked former world champion Carlos Mortensen for helping him prepare.

So what makes Mortensen's help so significant? He bubbled this final table in 10th place when the Main Event played out in Las Vegas back in July.

Mortensen attended a series of November Nine final table simulations hosted by Vegas poker pro Matt Stout, designed to give Lehavot insight into how the final table might play out.

“The simulations went way better than I expected in terms of what I got out of it,” Lehavot told the poker media following his third-place elimination.

“I have to give a big shout-out to Matt Stout and a big thank you to Carlos Mortensen who came and attended them.

JC Tran, Carlos Mortensen
Carlos Mortensen bubbling the November Nine final table. Lehavot pictured on right.

“I think a lot of people would be surprised that he busted in 10th and participated in helping someone prepare for the final table of that same tournament.

“I think Carlos is just a class act and this says a lot about him,” said Lehavot.

Lehavot was no stranger to WSOP final tables before becoming part of the November Nine. He won the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship in 2011.

Lehavot started this year's November Nine around the middle of the pack but spent much of the final table shortstacked. He managed to survived until three-handed play before being eliminated by eventual champion Ryan Riess.

Lehavot received $3,727,023.

To see exactly how it went down check out's comprehensive coverage of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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mrpayne 2013-11-11 15:42:15

Yeah, Carlos is the nuts. Would have been so good to see him at the final table.