“This is my biggest score ever and easily the best accomplishment. This is the highlight of my tournament career,” an elated Isaac Haxton said after winning Super High Roller Bowl V late on Wednesday night inside the PokerGO Studio.
Haxton crossed the $20 million mark of career tournament earnings with a bang. On Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, in the PokerGO studios at the Aria, Haxton took earned $3.672 million for a victory in the fifth edition of the Super High Roller Bowl.
Haxton is one of the most successful players in the history of the game and there are only a couple of holes in the 33-year-old’s resume. He filled one of them with his victory in the $300,000 buy-in, 36-player field. It wouldn’t come easy as he battled many of the game’s best players and defeated the current GPI #1 ranked player in the game, Alex Foxen, heads-up.
Looking back on the day, Haxton said, “I came in with nearly a quarter of the chips in play and had position on the other big stack, so I was feeling pretty confident.”
“I felt like I was in a great spot coming into today, but obviously it’s still very lucky to come away with the win.”
It Wasn’t Imsirovic’s Day
The final day started at 1 p.m. with the final seven players at the final table and in the money. Haxton came into the day with the chip lead, but with very deep stacks, there wasn’t much chip movement early on. 23-year-old Ali Imsirovic came into the final day as the short stack and was the first player to hit the rail when he clashed with Haxton.
Imsirovic got his money in good with his pocket jacks against Haxton’s ace-five of clubs, but Haxton turned a flush, ultimately sending the up-and-coming star home in seventh.
Imsirovic’s departure left Igor Kurganov as the short stack. Kurganov doubled up a few times, but then sent most of his stack to Adrian Mateos when Mateos doubled through him. It was a tricky spot with Kurganov flopping two overs and a straight draw in a three-way pot with Mateos and Haxton. Mateos got all in on the flop with pocket aces and Kurganov bricked his draw.
Kurganov was down to his last 12 big blinds and they got into the middle with pocket sevens against Talal Shakerchi’s pocket 10s. Shakerchi’s hand held up and Kurganov was the sixth-place finisher for $756,000. One of the crucial hands in which Kurganov was involved was versus Alex Foxen, and he was kind enough to explain his thought process in the video below.
Three Quick Exits
Haxton was still in the lead five-handed, but the chips were very evenly spread out. Over the next two levels, Mateos became the short stack and Foxen moved into the chip lead. Mateos’s short stack found its way into the middle with pocket nines against Foxen’s ace-king. A king on the flop sealed Mateos’ fate and he was eliminated in fifth.
After Mateos’ elimination, the pace of the action picked up considerably. The chips began to fly and the eliminations racked up.
The first hand after the final four players returned from a break resulted in a bustout. Talal Shakerchi got the last of his chips into the middle with against Haxton’s . Haxton won the flip and Shakerchi was out in fourth.
Just a few hands later, Haxton won another ace, this time against Stephen Chidwick, who started the day second in chips. Chidwick’s chips got into the middle with against Haxton’s pocket jacks.
Heads-Up: Foxen vs Haxton
The flop came jack-high and Chidwick was drawing dead on the turn. Just like that, it was down to Haxton and Foxen. For the first time in quite some time, it wasn’t Foxen with the chip lead.
Early on in Haxton’s poker career, he grinded his way up the stakes playing heads-up no-limit hold’em cash games. His chops in that variant showed as he made quick work of Foxen heads-up.
At the beginning of the heads-up play, Haxton turned the second nut flush and allowed Foxen to bluff into him on turn and river. After folding to Haxton’s river shove, Foxen was down to nearly 9-to-1 in chips.
They got the last of the chips into the middle with Haxton’s up against Foxen’s . Foxen flopped an ace, but wasn’t out of the woods yet with Haxton flopping a gutshot. He didn’t make his straight, but he hit a king on the turn and a jack on the river to make two pair. He eliminated Foxen in second-place to put a close on Foxen’s monster year.
In closing, Haxton added, “It’s easy, in the moment, to fall into putting too much significance into one tournament. It’s a 36-player event and I was the luckiest guy this time and won. I don’t think it changes anything about the player I am or my legacy, but damn does it feel good to win a tournament.”
|Super High Roller Bowl V Final Table Results|
|1||Isaac Haxton||United States||$3,672,000|
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||$2,160,000|
|3||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$1,512,000|
|4||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||$1,188,000|
|7||Ali Imsirovic||United States||$540,000|
Isaac Haxton Wins Super High Roller Bowl V ($3,672,000); Alex Foxen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($2,160,000)
Isaac Haxton limped in on the button for 60,000, and Alex Foxen raised to 225,000 from the big blind. Haxton moved all in for over 9.4 million and Foxen called all in for 1,330,000.
Foxen was at-risk but holding the slight advantage, and when the dealer spread the flop, he furthered his advantage.
Haxton would need a ten for a straight or running cards to improve over one pair, and when the turn landed the , Haxton now could see a king, jack, or ten to win the hand.
The dealer burned and turned the on the river, and Foxen was eliminated in second place for $2,160,000, while Haxton was crowned Super High Roller Bowl V Champion and recipient of the Super High Roller Bowl ring and the $3,672,000 first prize.
Alex Foxen limped in from the button holding and Isaac Haxton checked his option with .
The flop landed and Haxton checked to Foxen who bet 60,000.
Both players checked down the and on the turn and river, and Haxton would collect the pot with his better two pair.
Alex Foxen raised his button to 150,000 holding and Isaac Haxton called from the big blind holding .
The flop landed and Haxton checked over to Foxen who continued with a bet of 235,000. Haxton called and then checked the that landed on the turn.
Foxen cut out a bet of 515,000, and Haxton called as the completed the board on the river.
Haxton checked for a third time and Foxen announced a bet of 1,400,000.
Foxen pushed two stacks of chips forward, and Haxton responded by first re-checking his hole cards and then announcing he was all in. Foxen immediately folded, and Haxton soared out to greater then six-to-one advantage.
Isaac Haxton limped the button holding and Alex Foxen checked his option with .
The flop landed and Foxen checked to Haxton who bet 120,000. Foxen responded with a check-raise to 350,000 and Haxton immediately folded.
Isaac Haxton limped in from the button holding and Alex Foxen checked his .
The flop landed and both players checked to reveal the on the turn. Foxen led out for 160,000 and Haxton released.
Alex Foxen raised to 150,000 holding and Isaac Haxton three-bet to 630,000 from the big blind with .
Foxen used his full extension of free time before making the call as the flop landed and Haxton continued for 750,000. Foxen called, and the landed on the turn.
Both players checked, and the river landed the . Both players checked again, and Haxton’s pair would earn him the checkmark.
Isaac Haxton and Alex Foxen have re-taken their seats at the final table, and heads-up play in Super High Roller Bowl V is now underway.
The winner will take home $3,672,000, while second place will receive $2,160,000.
Isaac Haxton and Alex Foxen are now heads up in Super High Roller Bowl V.
For whoever can claim victory, a $3,672,000 first prize awaits along with the Super High Roller Bowl ring.
The PokerGO Studio production team are currently re-configuring the final table as Haxton and Foxen go on a short break.
When play resumes, there will be 42:28 remaining in the level.
Stephen Chidwick raised to 500,000 and Isaac Haxton three-bet to 1,000,000 out of the small blind. Chidwick moved all in for 1,010,000 and Haxton quickly called.
It was a race for Chidwick’s tournament life with his up against Haxton’s .
The flop was and Haxton flopped top set to leave Chidwick drawing to runners for Broadway. The turn was the , which left Chidwick drawing dead to the river card. Chidwick hit the rail in third and earned $1.512 million for his efforts.
Haxton won the pot and took the chip lead into heads-up play against Alex Foxen.
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