Isaac Haxton, the high roller champion of nearly every online and live event, smashed the ranks in the WSOP’s high buy-in tournament. Shortly after the tournament started, he took the stage in Event 16: $25,000 8 Hands of No-Limit Hold’em. The 37-year-old pro has $1,698,215 in his bankroll after beating 301 entrants.
Haxton experienced strong emotions during his three-man match against Darren Elias. The biggest WPT winner is also looking for his first bracelet, nearly knocking out Haxton twice.
Elias had the biggest stack and made a min-raise before calling Haxton’s 3-bet all-in. With 7 7 ♠ against A ♦ J ♠, Elias met ♥J ♥ 4 ♥ 6 ♦ 5 on the board and dropped to last place.
Shortly thereafter, Elias had to call his man out. On a board of A♥9♥6CheckJ♣, he pushed his chips into the middle of the table and was called by Haxton with A♣K♣. Leading with K♥6♥, Elias was rescued by the 6♣ river.
Taking the lead again, Elias immediately called Haxton’s 3-bet all-in for A♦J♠. With 8♥7♥, the former PokerStars Online team found 7♣ on the turn and doubled up again.
Elias held on for a short while, but fell far behind his opponent. Another all-in preflop gave him the worst possible result with A♣J♥ against Ryan O’Donnell’s K♠J♠.
Although the two sides were balanced early in the showdown, the heads-up didn’t last long. long. O’Donnell came clean on the final hit and then called Haxton all-in. The Brit already saw one of his outs on the flop of 10♣3♥3 when A 10♥ played against A♣J♠. The Q of the round confirmed O’Donnell’s lead, but the river J ♦ settled Haxton’s pot.
Event 16 paid out more than $6,204,000 in prize money. See how much each finalist won:
1. Isaac Haxton (USA) $1,698,215
2. Ryan O’Donnell (UK) $1,049,577
3. Darren Elias (USA) $725,790
4. Lewis Spencer (UK) $511,782
5. Roman Hrabek (Czech Republic) $368,134
6. Frank Funaro (USA) $270,238
7. Brian Rast (USA) 202,532
8. Joao Vieira (Portugal) $155,037