Poker Superstar Isaac Haxton V Isildur1, But Who Is Haxton?December 16, 2010 10:52 am
Having announced the signing of Isildur1 to PokerStars Pro, the online prodigy Isaac Haxton has been lined up as the mystery Swede’s first opponent as part of the $150,000 SuperStar Showdowns.
These series of challenge matches versus Isildur1 will see different players put up $150k of their bankrolls across four tables of at least $50/$100 NLHE or PLO, with the winner over 2,500 hands keeping the profit plus at least $30,000.
Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton will kick the action off at 6 pm ET on Sunday, December 19th, but who exactly is Isaac Haxton?
The player nicknamed ‘The Lizard King’ confesses to being an avid gamer all his life starting from playing chess when he was just 4, to ‘Magic: The Gathering’ when he was 10 before eventually playing a poker home game with friends aged 18.
Haxton soon realised he was way better than the competition and in between studying computer science at University, he would also travel to the Turning Stone casino in New York before eventually turning his attention towards online poker.
After depositing $50 at Ultimate Bet, within one year he had soon progressed from $0.25/$0.50 to $3/$6 and then $30/60 Limit games before his bankroll was close to $100k and he decided to quit college and turn pro.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, in 2007 at his first live tournament, Isaac Haxton placed 2nd at the $7,800 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to give his bankroll a massive $861,789 boost and he has been riding high ever since.
Haxton even won another $1,168,565 after finishing 2nd at a special $40k WSOP NL event in 2009, and at present his earnings from live tournament is around $2,798,908.
However, it is at $25/50 to $100/$200 NLHE cash games where Isaac “Ike” Haxton now really focuses his efforts, and at Full Tilt he is showing a profit of $1,083,505 as “luvthewnba” and $178,695 at PokerStars as “philivey2694.”
One thing for sure is that the $150,000 SuperStar Showdown between Isidur1 and Haxton presents a mouth-watering prospect for poker fans everywhere and turning his attention to the upcoming match, Isaac Haxton commented:
“He is one of the best heads up no-limit players in the world, but I know what I need to do to beat him. I’m as confident as you can be going into a 2500-hand match against a top opponent.”
“I’ve played Isildur heads-up on six or more tables before, and I find in that situation he tends to make fewer tricky plays and concentrate more on just sticking to a game plan. I think that’s one of my strengths, so playing lots of tables tends to be good for me.”