Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:55 PM Local Time
Isaac Haxton Tops Record-Breaking WSOP Field to Win Event #16: $25,000 High Roller
You can officially remove a name from the "Best Without a Bracelet" list.
On Thursday night, Isaac Haxton reigned victorious in Event #16: $25,000 High Roller to capture his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet along with a first-place prize of $1,698,215. Haxton outlasted a field of 301 entries including a heads-up match with Ryan O'Donnell to finish things off.
It was a record-breaking field for the buy-in level at the WSOP and Haxton said after his victory that he felt honored to come out on top. "I've finished second and third many times for my biggest cashes so it's nice to finally win. A three hundred-player field for a $25k, yeah I guess it's gotta be up there with one of my biggest accomplishments."
While the man has been forced to settle for many second and third-place finishes in the past, 2023 has been the complete opposite as Haxton has now recorded six victories this year already, amassing over $7,000,000 in that time frame. In years past, many have talked about the "Year of Fedor Holz" or the "Year of Justin Bonomo", but Haxton is on pace to maybe have one of the best years ever recorded in poker history.
With his good friend Bonomo on his rail and at his side during the post-match interview, Haxton was asked about his future goals and if he has any aspirations of chasing down the No. 1 live-tournament winner of all time.
"No, not really," he laughed. "I don't really look at that stuff. I just really like playing poker and making money at it."
The win brought Haxton's lifetime winnings up to $37,509,332 according to The Hendon Mob, good for 14th place on the all-time money list.
Final Table Payouts
|1st||Isaac Haxton||United States||$1,698,215|
|2nd||Ryan O'Donnell||United Kingdom||$1,049,577|
|3rd||Darren Elias||United States||$725,790|
|4th||Lewis Spencer||United Kingdom||$511,782|
|6th||Frank Funaro||United States||$270,238|
|7th||Brian Rast||United States||$202,532|
Day 3 Action
There were 13 players who returned to the felt for the third and final day of this tournament. It took a classic flip to get things going when Taylor von Kriegenbergh went hunting with ace-king against Haxton's pair of queens. A clean board for Haxton left Von Kriegenbergh heading to the exit. At the same time on the other table, Kristen Foxen also watched her short stack dissipate from the big blind and the field was down to 11 players.
In the next level, it was Jorge Consiglieri and Aleksejs Ponakovs who bowed out in succession which formed the unofficial final table. Haxton entered the final nine with a healthy chip lead and mostly had the cruise control button on while the short stacks jostled for position. There were multiple doubles that occurred before the next elimination of Michael Jozoff.
Many small pots ensued over the next hour and Joao Vieira raked in very few, if any at all, along the way. A failed bluff attempt from Brian Rast also left him short and they would end up colliding in the blinds. It was Rast who came out on top with a straight and Vieira's tournament was over in eighth place.
After a 60-minute dinner break, the final table moved into the Thunderdome and things didn't get any better for Rast. The five-time bracelet winner got his last 11 big blinds in the middle from the small blind but ran into a better hand from Lewis Spencer in the big blind. Rast was unable to improve and Spencer put himself on the top of the leaderboard.
The final six players all held the chip lead at one point or another on the final day, including Frank Funaro who clearly had the largest and loudest of any rails. Unfortunately for the American poker pro, it wasn't enough to propel him to his first live WSOP bracelet as Funaro bowed out in fifth place when he ran into the pocket aces of Spencer.
Everything was going the Brit's way but things took a turn for the worse in the next couple of orbits. First, it was a preflop double-up for O'Donnell, followed by a cooler that saw Haxton turn two pair and take another big chunk from Spencer's stack. Down to just a few big blinds, he then ran into Elias' pocket tens and the field was dwindled to just three players.
It was a wild rollercoaster ride for the final three players with multiple all-ins taking place in a short period of time. Elias entered as the chip leader but Haxton quickly doubled up to take that away. However, Elias fought back and delivered another blow to his fellow American. The haymakers weren't finished as Haxton immediately doubled up on the following hand.
Elias was starting to climb out of the hole but O'Donnell eventually landed the final punch. Elias held a dominating hand but O'Donnell found a straight on the river to send Elias home in third place and enter a heads-up match with Haxton. The battle started with some limps and some cautious play but Haxton started to crank up the dial.
After Haxton rivered top pair in the largest pot of their heads-up match, he took a three-to-one chip lead and never looked back. Both players picked up an ace shortly after and all of the chips went in the middle with Haxton holding a dominating advantage. It wasn't clean as O'Donnell flopped a pair of tens but Haxton managed to come from behind once again with a pair of jacks on the river.
What's next for one of the best players to ever play the game? "Well I'm gonna go try to win the $50k tomorrow," Haxton said afterward as he'll get right back on the wagon with many more high-roller events on the horizon this summer. Haxton, along with many other great players, will be back in action on Friday when Event #23: $50,000 High Roller gets underway at 12:00 p.m. PDT.
Keep it locked here as the PokerNews live reporting team will have plenty of more action coming your way throughout the summer, highlighting more history at the World Series of Poker.
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:34 PM Local Time
Ryan O'Donnell Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,049,577)
Ryan O'Donnell called on the button and in the big blind, Isaac Haxton moved all in for 11,300,000 effective which saw O'Donnell snap call.
The flop of put O'Donnell in the lead as his rail watched intently. The turn of gave Haxton some more outs in the form of a king and the river peeled off a to give Haxton jacks and threes to best O'Donnell's tens and threes. Haxton shook hands with O'Donnell who finished with a career best score of $1,049,577.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the tournament.
|Isaac Haxton||45,150,000||12,750,000 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||0||-12,800,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:30 PM Local Time
Haxton Puts O'Donnell to the Test
Isaac Haxton limped in on the button with and Ryan O'Donnell raised to 2,000,000 with in the big blind. Haxton called and the flop of hit the felt. O'Donnell led out with a bet of 1,500,000 and Haxton called.
The turn brought the and O'Donnell slowed down with a check. Haxton counted out a bet of 3,000,000 and O'Donnell stuck around for the on the river. O'Donnell checked again and Haxton announced all in, putting O'Donnell to the test for his last 12,800,000. O'Donnell used three of his time banks but eventually decided to lay his hand down.
|Isaac Haxton||32,400,000||7,300,000 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||12,800,000||-7,300,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:17 PM Local Time
O'Donnell The First Sizable Pot
Ryan O'Donnell called on the button and in the big blind Isaac Haxton checked.
The flop of saw action check through to the turn where Haxton bet 1,200,000 which O'Donnell called.
On the bet, Haxton bet 2,900,000 and O'Donnell snap called. Haxton turned over for a pair of nines and O'Donnell turned over for a pair of tens to take a bite out of Haxton's chip lead.
|Isaac Haxton||25,100,000||-600,000 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||20,100,000||600,000 |0
Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:02 PM Local Time
Darren Elias Eliminated In 3rd Place ($725,790)
Isaac Haxton raised to 1,000,000 on the button and Ryan O'Donnell moved all in for 10,250,000 total. Darren Elias moved all in from the big blind for 7,200,000 total and Haxton folded and the hands were turned up.
The board ran out and O'Donnell's rail screamed with excitement as O'Donnell's hand made a straight and Elias exited the tournament in third place.
The players are now heads up.
|Isaac Haxton||25,700,000||700,000 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||19,500,000||10,500,000 |
|Darren Elias||0||-9,700,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:51 PM Local Time
Elias Evens Out With O'Donnell
Ryan O'Donnell raised to 800,000 on the button and in the small blind, Darren Elias moved all in for 4,450,000 which saw only O'Donnell call.
The board ran out and O'Donnell's ace-seven was unable to improve against the ace-jack and Elias doubled up once more.
|Darren Elias||9,700,000||5,200,000 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||9,000,000||-4,400,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:47 PM Local Time
Elias Doubles, Still Short-Stacked
Ryan O'Donnell shoved all in from the small blind and Darren Elias instantly called off his stack of 1,625,000 in the big blind.
Elias was in a dominating position and the flop of left him well in front. The on the turn changed nothing and the hit the river to give Elias a double up to get back into contention.
|Ryan O'Donnell||13,400,000||-2,400,000 |
|Darren Elias||4,500,000||-600,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:38 PM Local Time
Haxton Gets One Street of Value
Isaac Haxton limped in from the small blind with and Ryan O'Donnell checked his big blind with . The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn after making a pair.
Haxton led out with a bet of 800,000 and O'Donnell called to see the on the river. Both players knuckled the table and Haxton won the pot with a pair of tens.
|Isaac Haxton||25,000,000||1,500,000 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||15,800,000||1,800,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:34 PM Local Time
Left Him Hanging
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:21 PM Local Time
Haxton's Turn to Double Up
Darren Elias made it 1,300,000 in the small blind and Isaac Haxton shipped all in for 11,500,000 in the big blind. Elias never hesitated before making the call and the cards were face up.
The flop fell and Elias was still in the lead with his ace-high. However, the on the turn gave Haxton the lone pair and the on the river was no help to Elias who was sent back to the short stack.
|Isaac Haxton||23,500,000||11,600,000 |
|Darren Elias||5,100,000||-12,400,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:17 PM Local Time
Elias Takes Back The Lead On The River
Darren Elias raised to 800,000 on the button and in the small blind Isaac Haxton three bet to 2,075,000 which saw Elias call.
The flop rolled out and Haxton continued for 1,500,000 and Elias called.
On the turn , Haxton bet 2,600,000 and Elias moved all in for 4,750,000 which saw Haxton called.
The river came the and Elias made three sixes to survive and take the tournament lead.
|Darren Elias||17,500,000||8,200,000 |
|Isaac Haxton||11,900,000||-10,000,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:06 PM Local Time
Elias Fighting Back
Darren Elias called in the small blind with and in the big blind Isaac Haxton checked his option with .
The flop came out and Elias bet 400,000 which Haxton called.
Action checked through on the turn to the river where Elias bet 1,200,000 and Haxton folded.
|Isaac Haxton||21,900,000||-1,200,000 |
|Darren Elias||9,300,000||1,200,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 9:00 PM Local Time
O'Donnell Fires Three Bullets
Ryan O'Donnell limped in from the small blind and Darren Elias checked his option. The flop came and O'Donnell led out with a bet of 400,000 which Elias called.
The turn was the and O'Donnell sized up a bet of 2,000,000. Elias still called and the paired the board on the river. O'Donnell barrelled another 3,500,000 and Elias instantly flung his cards to the muck.
|Ryan O'Donnell||14,000,000||2,400,000 |
|Darren Elias||8,100,000||-3,000,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:55 PM Local Time
Haxton Doubles Into Chip Lead
Darren Elias raised to 800,000 on the button and in the small blind Isaac Haxton moved all in for 11,100,000 which saw Elias ask for a count before putting in the chips for the call.
The board ran out and Haxton took back the tournament chip lead.
|Isaac Haxton||23,100,000||12,000,000 |
|Darren Elias||11,100,000||-11,400,000 |0
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:52 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:47 PM Local Time
The Chad & Jesse Poker Show Episode #3: Bracelet Hunting With Steve "Cuz" Buckner
Steve "Cuz" Buckner joins Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen for the third episode of The Chad & Jesse Poker Show. They talk about crazy jobs Cuz used to hold, how Cuz found himself in Vegas just weeks after watching poker for the first time, and his 2023 WSOP plans.
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:35 PM Local Time
The remaining three players are going on a 15-minute break.
|Darren Elias||22,500,000||0 |
|Ryan O'Donnell||11,600,000||-900,000 |
|Isaac Haxton||11,100,000||-300,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:34 PM Local Time
Lewis Spencer Eliminated in 4th Place ($368,134)
Darren Elias raised to 625,000 on the button which saw Lewis Spencer move all in for 825,000 which saw Isaac Haxton call as well as Elias.
On the flop, Haxton checked over to Elias who bet 900,000 and Haxton folded.
The board ran out and Elias added to his stack while Spencer exited the tournament area.
|Darren Elias||22,500,000||1,800,000 |
|Lewis Spencer||0||-1,400,000 |
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:23 PM Local Time
Haxton Turns Two Pair for a Double
Lewis Spencer made it 900,000 to go in the small blind and Isaac Haxton called from the big blind. The flop came and Spencer led out with a bet of 550,000. Haxton went into the tank for a minute and then counted out a raise to 1,350,000. Spencer just called and the rolled off on the turn.
Spencer checked this time and Haxton burned another time bank before checking it back. The hit the river and Spencer jammed all in. Haxton instantly called off his stack of 3,275,000 and the cards were tabled. Spencer showed for top pair and Haxton turned over for two pair to double up.
|Isaac Haxton||11,400,000||4,100,000 |
|Lewis Spencer||1,400,000||-6,500,000 |0
Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:14 PM Local Time
Elias Fills Up
Lewis Spencer raised to 600,000 from the hijack with pocket tens and in the big blind, Darren Elias called with .
The flop came out and Elias check-called a bet of 425,000 from Spencer.
Action checks through on the turn to the river where Elias bet 1,500,000 and Spencer called.
Elias turned over his full house and Spencer mucked his hand.
|Darren Elias||20,700,000||4,400,000 |
|Lewis Spencer||7,900,000||-2,500,000 |