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.
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 A♣A♦ Pot: 2.3M
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.
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
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.
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
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.