Isaac Haxton Wins $3.6 Million Top Prize at Super High Roller Bowl VDecember 22, 2018 10:26 am
Partypoker sponsored pro Isaac Haxton is one of the most accomplished high rolling poker pros on the planet. On Wednesday, Dec.19th, however, he recorded the biggest score of his professional career after taking down the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl V for a massive $3,672,000. Commenting upon his remarkable result, the 33-year-old pro stated:
“There is no feeling like ending up with all the chips.. I don’t think that really changes anything about the poker player that I am and my legacy or anything like that. But, damn it feels good to win a tournament.”
12th on Poker’s Money List
Haxton has won a number of seven figure scores prior to his latest triumph. This includes in 2014 recording his previous biggest score of A$2,820,000 ($2,525,841) after finishing the A$250,000 Aussie Millions Poker Championship runner-up to Phil Ivey. As a result of his latest victory, Haxton now increases his live career earnings to $23,654,395, elevating him to number 12 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’.
Furthermore, 2018 has proven to be his most lucrative year ever having amassed an incredible $8,194,991 in winnings. That amount is more than double the $3,724,936 he earned in his previous golden year of 2014.
$300k Super High Roller Bowl V
The Super High Roller Bowl V took place at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. As one might expect from such an enormous buy-in tournament, the field was small but extremely tough. In total, 36 of the game’s greats stumped up the $300,000 entry fee to create a prize pool worth $10,800,000.
Just seven players, however, would see a return on their buy-ins. Not so fortunate were such pros as Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo. At the end of Day 1, Mikita Badziakouski then bowed out in 8th place just short of the money on Day 2, after which the remaining finalists went on an overnight break before playing down to a champion on Day 3.
Final Table Action
US pro Haxton and the UK’s Stephen Chidwick entered the final day tied for the chip lead, and as Haxton later explained:
“I came in with nearly a quarter of the chips in play, maybe 23 percent or so, I had good position on the other chip leader, and it was a table where I felt confident. Obviously, I had 23 percent of the chips in play, so maybe if I’m the best player in the world I’d win 26 percent of the time.. so I feel pretty lucky that things ended up the way they did.”
Haxton proceeded to add further to his stack after making a flush holding Ac-5c against Ali Imsirovic’s pocket jacks, after which the latter headed to the exit in 7th place.
Next, Talal Shakerchi (10-10) eliminated Igor Kurganov (7-7) in 6th, before Alex Foxen (A-K) did likewise to Adrian Mateos (9-9) in 5th. Picking up the reigns once more, Haxton (9-9) sent Talal Shakerchi (A-10) to the rail in 4th. Soon after, Haxton (J-J) took care of Chidwick (A-Q) in 3rd to herald the start of heads-up play.
Alex Foxen entered the final battle holding a slight 5,840,000 to 4,965,000 chip advantage over Haxton. Soon after, however, Haxton won a sizable pot during a pocket eights to A-J encounter. He then proceeded to race ahead to a 7-to-1 chip advantage by the time the deciding hand arose.
Haxton (K-J) limped in preflop before shoving all in following a Foxen (A-8) raise. Foxen made the call, and looked good for a double up after the dealer laid out an A-Q-6 flop. A K and J on turn and river, though, made Haxton two pair to clinch the title. Meanwhile, Foxen collected $2,160,000 for his runner-up finish, which also represents his biggest score to date.
Final Table Results
1: Isaac Haxton $3,672,000
2: Alex Foxen $2,160,000
3: Stephen Chidwick $1,512,000
4: Talal Shakerchi $1,188,000
5: Adrian Mateos $972,000
6: Igor Kurganov $756,000
7: Ali Imsirovic $540,000
Poker Community Reaction
Isaac Haxton is one of the most liked and respected poker pros on the circuit, and following his career defining win the poker community has been singing his praises on social media. One of them was Jason Koon, who tweeted the following:
“Ike has run so bad in so many spots and I’ve never heard a complaint from him. No ego, just pure class and talent.”
Dylan Linde similarly concurred and argued that “no one has run worse than Ike on TV poker,” while Brian Hastings congratulated Haxton for putting on “an absolute clinic” during the tournament.