Rivkin Making Hands

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 12:20 AM
  • Level 30 (60000/120000/20000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 5
  • Next Payout: $32,649

Jason Rivkin opened from the cutoff to 260k and was called by Mike Lavenburg on the button. The blinds folded and they would see the flop heads-up.

Flop: 2♥K♥10♦ Pot: 800k

Rivkin bet 280k. Lavenburg called.

Turn: 2♣ Pot: 1.36M

Rivkin checked. Lavenburg bet 250k. Rivkin raised to 690k and was called.

River: Q♥ Pot: 2.74M

Rivkin continued on the end with a bet of 1.25M. Lavenburg thought for a bit and seemed ready to fold but eventually flicked in a chip indicating a call. Rivkin tabled the J♥9♦ for a straight and collects the pot of 5.24M. After the hand, Lavenburg is down to ~3.2M and Rivkin is up to ~7.2M.

We’ve Seen This Before

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 11:55 PM
  • Level 30 (60000/120000/20000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 5
  • Next Payout: $32,649
chris horter
Chris Horter, Day 3 Level 30

Chris Horter was under the gun and moved in for 1.01M, just under nine big blinds. Jason Rivkin was to his immediate left in the cutoff and made the call. The other three players folded and a situation that has already played out at this Final Table unfolded.

Horter 8♠8♣ vs Rivkin  AA♦ Pot: 2.3M

Board: 9♥2♥3♦Q♦8♦

Earlier, Lavenburg spiked an eight to eliminate Neal Gay in this exact situation. Once again, Aces don’t hold and Horter survives the encounter and is now essentially tied with Pahuja for the short-stack at the table. Rivkin is left with ~4.5M.

Full Chip Counts

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 11:15 PM
  • Level 30 (60000/120000/20000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 5
  • Next Payout: $32,649

The last level saw a lot of action and three eliminations to significantly move things along. Here’s a look at the counts heading into the 120k big blind:

MICHAEL LAVENBURG 6,925,000
MAXWELL YOUNG 6,880,000
JASON RIVKIN 4,345,000
VINEET PAHUJA 2,820,000
CHRISTOPHER HORTER 1,295,000

Lavenburg Re-Takes Lead

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 10:50 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 5
  • Next Payout: $32,649

Neal Gay opened from the hijack to 215k. Lavenburg 3-bet to 450k in the hijack. The button and blinds folded out before Gay quickly moved all-in for ~1.1M. Lavenburg made the call and Gay would be at risk.

Gay A♦A♣ vs Lavenburg 8♥8♣ Pot: ~2.4M

Board: J♦J♥10♦8♠7♥

Gay takes a gut-wrenching beat at this stage of the event and is out. Lavenburg now has ~7.9M and is back in the chip-lead. The table will now have to open up as the field just went from eight to five players very quickly and short-handed play is now getting started.

Neal Gay is eliminated in 6th place for $24,585.

King of the Table

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 10:45 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 6
  • Next Payout: $24,585
max young
Max Young, Day 3 Level 29

Max Young has just eliminated two opponents in three hands.

First hand, Young opened to 225k from the hijack and Zhaoxing Wang 3-bet all-in from the cutoff for 960k total. The button and blinds relinquished their cards before Young quickly called.

Young K♦K♥ vs Wang Q♣Q♦ Pot: 2.19M

Board: 8♣2♥6♥7♠J♠

Zhaoxing Wang is eliminated in 8th place for $14,439.

Young then took one hand off before picking up another premium holding.

Young opened to 225k from middle position and Henry Meacham shoved ~600k from the small blind. Neal Gay folded his big blind after some thought and Young once again immediately called.

Young K♦K♥ vs Meacham 7♦7♠ Pot: ~1.405M

Board: 5♠A♥3♦5♦J♥

Young picks up Kings twice in three hands and busts two opponents in the process. He is now the chip-leader with ~6.2M.

Henry Meacham is eliminated in 7th place for $18,861.

Rivkin Gets There Again

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 10:20 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 8
  • Next Payout: $14,439
jason rivkin
Jason Rivkin, Day 3 Level 29

Henry Meacham opened under the gun to 225k. Action folded around to Rivkin in the big blind and he decided to defend and take the flop heads up.

Flop: 5♦9♥10♦ Pot: 620k

Rivkin checked. Meacham bet 250k. Rivkin moved all-in for 1.235M total and was called by Meacham.

Rivkin K♦3♦ vs Meacham K♣10♣ Pot: 3.09M

Turn: 4♦

River: 7♠

Rivkin was drawing to just a flush and got there immediately. He gets a huge double up and leaves Meacham crippled ~550K, just over five big blinds.

No Showdown?

  • Big Stax XXII 1500 Main Event 10:20 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 447
  • Players Left: 8
  • Next Payout: $14,439

A 3-bet pot between Henry Meacham and Mike Lavenburg gives an opportunity to look at a fairly new tournament rule here at Parx.

Meacham opened in the hijack to 205k and was 3-bet to 525k by Lavenburg on the button. The blinds folded and Meacham called to take the flop heads-up.

Flop: 2♣Q♠8♠ Pot: 1.35M

Check/check.

Turn: 5♦

Check/check.

River: 3♥

Meacham took a stab on the end with a bet of 850k. Lavenburg called and Meacham decided to muck his cards as he considered he could not be good. In the past, Lavenburg would have had to show to win the pot but recently that rule has been changed. Instead, Lavenburg mucked his cards as well and won the pot of 3.05M without a showdown.

The rule change is based on obtaining information. Since the bettor was called and chose not to reveal information about his hand to the table, it is now considered unfair that the caller must reveal information about their own holding.