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Isaac Haxton Gets $437K Payout in High Roller Club Event
Isaac Haxton is widely regarded as one of the best poker players of his generation. Haxton is equally adept at cash games as he is tournaments and it was the latter where he excelled this weekend.
partypoker recently launched the High Roller Club, a series of high stakes online poker tournaments. High Roller Club events run each Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with buy-ins of $530 to $25,500. Elite players from around the world lock horns at the virtual felt, competing for vast sums of money. The stakes and prize money are high, but the standard of poker is even higher.
Haxton was one of 46 entrants in the $25,500 High Roller Club Main Event. These 46 entries ensured the $1 million guaranteed was surpassed by $150,000. The top six finishers won a slice of the $1,150,000 pie, meaning 40 players returned home empty-handed.
Such luminaries as Artur Martirosian, Ole Schemion, Michael Addamo, and Adrian Mateos failed to reach the money. Sam Greenwood also fell into this category, as did Aleksejs Ponakovs who burst the money bubble.
Haxton Sets Eyes on $437,000 Top Prize
Ponakovs’ exit locked up at least $57,500 for the six remaining players, but none of them wanted that sum with $437,00 awaiting the champion.
Viktor Blom performed heroics during the recent WPT Online Series, but was the first casualty of the final table. Blom found himself short-stacked with only five big blinds and he moved all-in with Kc-4c. Haxton called on the button with 8c-8s, which held to send the talented Swede home in sixth.
Mexico-based grinder George Wolff lost a coin flip in a battle of the blinds to finish fifth. Wiktor Malinowski open-raised enough from the small blind to set Wolff all-in and Wolff bit. Wolff showed 4h-4c and was flipping against the Ac-Kh of his German opponent. An ace landed on the flop and Wolff headed for the exits.
Malinowksi didn’t put Wolff’s chips to good use because he was the next player heading to the showers. The German raised to 3,000,000 on the button, which left him only 600,000 chips behind. United Kingdom-based Spaniard Sergi Reixach called Malinowksi’s original bet from the small blind. The flop fell 6c-Kh-As, Reixach jammed all-in with Kd-Kc and Malinowski called with Ah-Qd. Game over for Malinowski.
Haxton Rides His Luck Against Lefranoics
You need plenty of luck to win a poker tournament, especially against elite players. Thankfully for Haxton, Lady Luck was on his side.
The action folded to Haxton in the small blind and he moved all-in with Jd-8d. Pascal Lefrancois called off his last 15 big blinds with Ad-Jc and looked set to double up. The Ks-4c-4d was a safe a flop for ace-jack as one could wish for. The Kd turn gave Haxton outs to a diamond flush with the 8c river improving him to a pair of eights, thus, busting the dangerous Lefrancois from the tournament.
Lefrancois’ exit left Haxton to battle heads-up with Rexiach for the title. A staggering $149,500 was the difference between first and second place, but the star didn’t strike a deal.
It took more than an hour to settle the tournament, despite Haxton enjoying a two-to-one lead at the start. He ground down his opponent to the point Reixach only had 4.5 big blinds at the final hand.
That hand saw Haxton set his opponent all-in with Jc-3d and Reixach pinned his hopes on 9d-6c. A final board reading Ac-7h-Jh-Jd-5d sent Reixach to the rail and crowned Haxton the champion.
High Roller Club Main Event Final Table Results
|2||Sergi Reixach||United Kingdom||$287,500|
Haxton has been a force to be reckoned with for the past 15 years. He burst onto the live poker scene in 2006 when he finished second to Ryan Daut in the PCA Main Event. Search for the epic Haxton vs. Daut hand and its easy to see why he’s gained the reputation he has.
He can brag about $27,670,399 in live tournament winnings, enough for 12th place in the all-time standings. Haxton’s winnings place him third in New York, behind only Erik Seidel and Bryn Kenney.