WSOP Main Event: Meaningless?

wsop2009_thn.gif"The amount of chips I have right now doesn't really mean much."

That's what PokerStars qualifier Amir Lehavot told the Associated Press.

Yes, the Associated Press.

That's the type of people who come calling when you come out of Day 2 of the WSOP with a massive chip lead over more than 2,000 people..

Lehavot, a 34-year old PokerStars Supernova from Weston, FL, came into today with 610,000 chips. That's not only the lead. It's 150,000 better than the second place player.

Known as AmirSF on PokerStars, Lehavot is one of the world's top ranked online tourney pros. He routinely cashes in four or five tournaments per day and has hundreds of thousands of dollars in winnings.

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Having worked his way up from a bad start in which he was down to 7,000 chips on Day 1, Lehavot comes into Day 3 as the news story. Once simply a successful online pro, now everybody knows this man's name.

You might have already heard Lehavot's name on this blog before. It's only been a few months since he made a second place run in the PokerStars Sunday Million. That win booked him $142,970.

Now, Lehavot has his sights set on a slightly bigger prize...the $8 million that will go to this tournament's winner.

But, as he says, his chip stack doesn't really mean much now.

We will respectfully disagree.


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STATISTIC OF THE HOUR

Combined total distance (in yards) stared by your three PokerStars blog writers after a night with Nelly at the Palms: Three thousand.


FACIAL HAIR NEWS OF THE HOUR

Number of players with facial hair on table 755 in the Brasilia Room: 4
Number of those players sporting a handle bar moustache with waxed tips: 1


NELLY-AT-RAIN-INDUCED DULL ACHE OF THE HOUR

My left leg, my right leg, my left buttock, my right forearm, my head, my heart, my soul. --Howard Swains

JOE GIRON PHOTO HOUR

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Chad Brown watches as his eights can't hold against ace-queen


VIDEO OF THE HOUR


Watch WSOP 2009: Day 2b overview on PokerStars.tv
Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker