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PokerListings.com gets to know Amir Lehavot after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Lehavot is a former WSOP bracelet winner originally from Israel. Lehavot moved to Texas at a young age and picked up poker while working in the tech industry in San Francisco. Lehavot enters the final table in November second in chips.
My background is I was born in Israel. I moved to the States when I was 16 with my with my family, moved to Texas actually. I went to school there, Austin, and studied engineering. Worked in the high-tech industry for like 10 years, took a year off just to relax and somehow got into poker in that time and that was in late 2007, 2008. I really enjoyed it, I really liked it and since then that's what I've been doing. It feels amazing, yeah, it's definitely sinking in and one thing I'd like to do when I'm playing is just to focus on playing and nothing else. So this is a really nice break when you can realize, "Oh I made it this far." It's definitely feels like a different experience, it's just the size of it is so much bigger. Boasts money and attention and member of players. So it feels different, it feels bigger.
I did a lot of different things to get better at poker. One of the main things that helped me get better is one of the things that kind of got me started into poker. I started a site called PokerWhip.com and it was a site that was focusing on discussing poker hands and analyzing hands and that really helped me to understanding how I was playing my own hands and stuff. But also just playing poker, a lot of experience. Well what works well for me as a poker player and something that I've learned what experience just works for me personally is to not focus on the outcome or the tournament and that's very helpful for me because poker is a game where anything can happen very quickly and you're never assured of any outcome so I'm really not focused or thinking about the outcome. I'm just going to focus on playing the best that I can and making every decision as best as I can.