Let's check out what partypoker ambassador Isaac ‘Ike' Haxton has to say on how live poker may change when casinos and poker rooms re-open once again to the public.
How and when might live poker return? I don't know about you folks, but I'm really starting to miss playing live poker. Sitting around a table, shuffling chips, talking s**t. Drinking too much coffee. The steady, mellow pace that can make 12 hours pass before you've noticed. I love it, I miss it, and it looks unlikely any of us will get to play any time soon. I've been thinking about what it's going to look like when we finally do go back and today I'm going to try to organize some of those thoughts and maybe start a conversation about them.
It was indeed an intense showdown, but in the end it was player "MysterioBrown" who stopped team partypoker tandem Isaac "Ike_Haxton" Haxton and Jason "Jason_Koon" Koon in their tracks and claimed the number 1 spot in the POWERFEST Event #112 Super High Roller: $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Championship Event.
Isaac Haxton is an online poker legend who in January has become one of the ambassadors for partypoker. The 32-year old gaming professional has $16 million in lifetime tournament scores as well as several millions more in online cash games, has left PokerStars in 2016 in favor of partypoker.
Isaac Haxton, one of the world's most respected poker players, has partnered with partypoker. Haxton joins an elite team of ambassadors including Fedor Holz, Sam Trickett, Patrick Leonard and Jason Koon, amongst others, and will help facilitateopen and effective communication channels between partypoker and the players.
Team PokerStars Pro Online Week kicked off yesterday and will run until October 26. Besides getting to play against poker superstars such as Alex ‘Kanu7' Millar and Isaac Haxton, you have the chance to win cash prizes, bounty prizes, a PCA Package worth $15,950, and become a new Team Pro Online member!
More information on the Team Pro Online Week is available on PokerStars' website. May the flop be with you!
Ever wondered what it's like being a full-time poker player with millions of dollars in the bank account? Well, if you ever happen to run into Isaac Haxton, you better not ask him.
Earlier today Haxton, a member of Team PokerStars Online, uploaded a blog on the subject in question to pokerstarsblog. It's some great reading (and an interesting video from last fall where Haxton talks about his move to the island of Malta, Black Friday etc), so we wanted to share it with everone here on bankrollmob. Enjoy!
The Aussie Millions AU$250,000 Challenge attracted 46 entries this year. Phil Ivey was one of the players who fired only one $250k bullet and he made it to Day 2 with 622k chips (7th place). He then made it to the eigh-handed final table with the second smallest stack (976k), but he played very well and (after several hours of play) made it to heads-up againstIsaac Haxton(PokerStars Team Online).
The 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions (played in Macau, China) attracted 71 players (54 rebuys) who created a massive HKD$119,375,000 prize pool (approx. USD $15,379,600). The final table, which took place earlier today, was a fast paced one as the average stack was only 15 big blinds.
It's not only in Vegas that big sums of money are at stake at the moment, because today a HKD 1 million buy-in (approx. USD$130k) tournament kicks off in Macau, China. Guangdong Ltd Asia Millions (2 re-buys maximum) is hosted by PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams (PokerStars LIVE Macau) and will run until June 7, 2013, with live streams. Chinese businessman and several well known poker pros (Gus Hansen, Isaac Haxton, ElkY, Jonathan Duhamel, Erik Seidel and a few others) are due to attend the event, which is expected to become one of the biggest high roller events in history!
THE WEBCAST BROADCAST DATES: DATE: WEDNESDAY 05/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 1 START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 1 END TIME: APPROX. 00:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to end of level 8
DATE: THURSDAY 06/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 2 START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 9 approx. END TIME: APPROX. 00:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to 8 players
DATE: FRIDAY 07/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 3 FINAL TABLE START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 1 approx. END TIME: APPROX. 21:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to winner
Although most super stars in the poker world are in Las Vegas at the moment, there are some who instead have headed to Macau in China for the 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions (hosted by PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams). On Tuesday, a HK $250,000 buy-in tournament (a warm-up tournament to a HKD 1 million buy-in tournament that starts today) started and saw a field of 45 players, who created a HK $10,743,750 (approx. $1.39 million) prize pool.
Only the top five players made the money and Nick Wong took home the top prize of HK $4,298,000 ($550,000) after defeating defeating Team PokerStars Online's Isaac Haxton heads-up for the title. Wong had a massive chip lead when heads-up play kicked off, and it only took him a few minutes to defeat Haxton.
1 Nick Wong HK $4,298,000 (US $550,000) 2 Isaac "Ike" Haxton HK $2,579,000 (US $334,935) 3 Philipp Gruissem HK $1,719,000 (US $223,246) 4 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier HK $1,289,000 (US $167,402) 5 Tore Lukashaugen HK $858,750 (US $111,428)
Lots of well known poker players are in Monaco at the moment for the 2013 EPT Montle Carlo Grand Final, which begins in a few hours. However, what everyone's talking about is a €1,000,000 buy-in cash game! Rumors about the massive cash game have circulated on the web in the past 1-2 weeks or so and several people have already said they would play if the game goes (Sam Trickett, Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Paul Newey and Niklas Heinecker). Apparenlty the game would be eight-handed, with €1,000/€2,000 blinds and optional straddle. The game would be played on May 11 (Saturday) at 16:00 local time.
"It's not often you get an opportunity to play in a game this big, so obviously that's pretty exciting," Isaac Haxton (picture) told PokerStars last week.
In case you missed our news stories on the Full Tilt vs PokerStars challenge last week - we recommend that you check them out before continuing. Now, the match between Full Tilt Poker's The Professionals and Team PokerStars Pro took place yesterday at EPT London. In the first match Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (Full Tilt Poker) was up against Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier from Team PokerStars Pro...
A total of 8 players entered PokerStars All-Star Showdown for $100,000 each. Three of four quarterfinals are now in the history books, and Ben Sulsky, Isaac Haxton and Daniel Cates are through to the semifinals.
Sulsky won his match against Tobias Kuder pretty easy (6 hours), Daniel "jungleman /w00ki3z" Cates eliminated the Swede Alexander "Sussie Smith" Roumeliotis after 9,5 hours of play, and it took PokerStars' recently signed Online Pro Isaac Haxton about 17 hours and more than 3,800 hands to defeat Alex "Kanu7" Millar. Tonight, Phil Galfond and Ben "Ben86" Tollerene will battle it out for the last seat in the semifinals. It will defiantly be a very tough and thrilling match. We will be back with an update tomorrow for the ones interested in how it went.
PokerStars has changed the concept of the SuperStar Showdown quite a bit since Viktor "Isildur1" Blom left. The new challenge is called All-Star Showdown and 8 players will face each other in a heads-up tournament on PokerStars running from October 27 - November 4 (starting at 18:00 CET). Each match will take place over 4 tables at once and the blinds will double every 3,000 hands. Each match ends when a player busts on all 4 tables.
In total, 5 players have signed up for the All-Star Showdown so far. All players will pay $100,000 each to enter the competition and Isaac Haxton, PokerStars latest signing, is one of them...
"I'm excited to start my tenure with Team PokerStars with the chance to win a big title and a lot of money in my favourite form of poker,"he said.
"There are no titles or champions in heads-up cash games, just winners and losers. This tournament will change that by crowning the first All-Star Showdown champion."
The third Day of the EPT Sanremo main event is in the books. The day kicked off with 163 players and the player-field was narrowed down to 66 throughout the day. Day 2 chip leader Inge Forsmo, from Norway, will bring a stack of 1,021,000 chips to play today - about 160k more than his closest opponenets: Charly Maracchione, Angelo Recchia and Caremlo Vasta.
For those not familar with the names above, Shaun Deeb, Isaac Haxton, Justin Bonomo, David Vamplew (just to mention a few) are great, well-known players who made it through Day 3 and still have the chance of reaching the final table where a €800,000 first place prize is up for grabs.
A few days ago, Jeanine Deeb, World Poker Tour Development and Casino Relations Manager, Tweeted that the the American poker pro Joe Sebok (Barry Greenstein's stepson) had joined the World Poker Tour team as commentator. But the Tweet was removed shortly after and still World Poker Tour hasn't made any official statements on the matter. One thing's for sure though: the rumor has caused waves as many people don't think Sebok is the man for the job...
World Poker Tour World Championship is being played at Bellagio in Vegas at the moment, and already Day 1 a & b as well as Day 2 are in the books. According to the latest update on world poker tour's website, 95 players remain and no one else than Michael Mizrachi leads with 428,000. Another well-known player with plenty of chips is Isaac Haxton (has played a few Superstar Showdown matches against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom) in 5th place with 313,500.
It only took 3 days (3 sessions of $200/$400 NLH) for the $1,000,000 SuperStar Showdown to be concluded as Viktor "Isildur1" Blom won the remaining $218k from Isaac Haxton last night. This means that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has won half a million dollars from Haxton since Saturday and that he's up about $450k against Haxton in the 3 SuperStar Showdown matches they have played.
After that the SuperStar Showdown had come to an end, Blom decided to play some $100/$200 PLO against some regulars on PokerStars' nosebleed tables. Things, however, didn't go as planned for the young Swede and he decided to stop playing when he had lost $142k, which still left him with a $76,000 profit for the day and a 3rd place on the daily winners list.
The $1,000,000 SuperStar Showdown between Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Isaac "Philivey2694" Haxton kicked off on Saturday. Even though Haxton took the command straight away and was up about 80k after only 500 hands had been played, it was Viktor Blom who dominated the heads-up and finished the day with an impressive $198k profit. Yesterday, after both players had got some well-needed rest, they started playing again. Blom had a really good start as he was up about $140k in the first 500 hands.
A special edition of PokerStars SuperStar Showdown will start this weekend and it's time to get really excited as $1,000,000 is at stake! According to PokerStars, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Isaac Haxton, who recently played a SuperStar Showdown, have agreed to sit down with $500,000 each on $200/$400 No Limit Hold'em tables and play 4 hours a day until one of them has it all!
Sounds pretty amazing, hah? It will amazing and very, very, very exciting as so much money is up for grabs and neither of them are afraid of pushing all their chips towards the centre of the table when needed. Haxton is the only one to beat Viktor Blom in the SuperStar Challenge twice and get away with a profit, so it will be very interesting to see what Blom's strategy will be this time!
The match kicks off on Saturday at 1pm ET. Don't miss out!
Last Sunday, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom won $100,000 in the "first half" of the SuperStar Showdown against Isaac Haxton, then he continued winning a few hundreds of thousands of dollars the next day. However, Blom's winning streak came to an end on Tuesday when he lost back $100k + another $5k to Haxton when they finished all 2,5k hands of the SuperStar Showdown.
In case you missed it: Last Sunday the first SuperStar Showdown of 2012 kicked off and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Isaac Haxton sat down at four $100/$200 NLH tables with $300,000 each. Isildur1 dominated the match and after 692 hands, when Haxton had reconnected for the 4th time due to unstable Internet connection, Viktor Blom was in the lead with $100,000 and they decided to continue the match another day.
The match resumed yesterday and Isildur1 increased his lead to about $130k over the first hundred hands. But Haxton kept a cool head and managed to get back into the game, and It didn't take long Haxton had gone from -$130k to -$70. The young Swede was folding several hands at this points, which made many of the spectators believe that he was afraid of losing the lead and therefore waited for "monster hands".
On Sunday night, as a part of PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton sat down at four $100/$200 No Limit Hold'em tables with $300,000 each. Blom, who lost the previous SuperStar Showdown against Haxton, took the lead straight away and was up $70k after about 500 hands of play.
PokerStars announced the other day that its very popular SuperStar Showdown is about to return! The SuperStar Showdown, incase you never heard of it before, is a heads-up challenge where anyone with enough money can challenge Team PokerStars Pro Viktor "Isildur1" Blom to play an heads-up match for 2,500 hands (or until someone is broke) on 4 tables with the minimum stakes of $50/$100.
Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship attracted a field of 152 players. Now, after 16 levels of play, there are only 24 players left. Isaac Haxton is the chip leader with a 380,000 stack. In second place is Steve Landfish with 328k chips, and Brock Parker with 280,000 in third place. Apart from Haxton, notables players like Barry Greenstein & Nick Sculman still have chips left. Unfortunately Daniel Negreanu, who was leading the tournament for some time, was knocked out in 26th place.
18 of the remaining players will receive a share from the total prize pool of $1,428,800. The winner will get not less than $378,642, and the runner-up spot pays $233,944. Now, let's hope that some big names reach the final table, which will be played tomorrow.
About a week ago, the world's largest poker site, PokerStars, announced that the mystery swede Isildur1 had joined its Team PokerStars Pro. PokerStars also announced that there would be a challenge called SuperStars Showdown in which any player could play against Isildur1. It didn't take long before someone accepted the challenge.
The player who will take on Isildur1 in the SuperStars Showdown is no one else than Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton. The list of Haxton's success online and live can be made long. For example, he was the runner-up in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ($861,789) back in 2007, he has reached a few final tables at the WSOP and also been successful at PokerStars and Full Tilt's nosebleed tables.