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The fifth edition of the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) lasted three days and attracted some of the biggest names in poker. Outlasting the field of 36 entrants was American pro Isaac Haxton (cover image), who defeated the current numero uno on the Global Poker Index Rankings Alex Foxen, to take home a career-best score worth a whopping $3,672,000!
Hosted at the PokerGO studios at the Aria, the event saw some of the big guns in action including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Matthias Eibinger, Brian Rast, Fedor Holz, Mikita Badziakouski and Dan Smith. The event was live streamed on PokerGO and gave an incredible insight into the minds of some of the best in the business, including Daniel Negreanu, who made an exceptional fold against Badziakouski, which we discussed in a recent report.
With only the seven final tablists assured payouts, the field was an immensely tough one to beat. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and orchestrated the eliminations of Ali Imsirovic, Talal Shakerchi and Stephen Chidwick to reach heads-up play with Foxen. Even though Foxen was in the lead at the start of the heads-up stage, Haxton eventually emerged victorious and took down the event for a massive payday which helped him cross the $20 Million mark in total live winnings! His present total live earnings stand at an astronomical $23,654,395.
“This is my biggest score ever and easily the best accomplishment,” Haxton said after the win. “This is the highlight of my tournament career.”
“It’s easy, in the moment, to fall into putting too much significance into one tournament,” Haxton further stated. “It’s a 36-player event, and I was the luckiest guy this time and won. I don’t think it changes anything about the player I am or my legacy, but damn does it feel good to win a tournament.”
1. Isaac Haxton – 2,415,000
2. Stephen Chidwick – 2,405,000
3. Alex Foxen – 1,590,000
4. Igor Kurganov – 1,550,000
5. Talal Shakerchi – 995,000
6. Adrian Mateos – 975,000
7. Ali Imsirovic – 875,000
2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner Ali Imsirovic has had a great year thus far, but unfortunately he fell short of adding the SHRB V title to his credentials when his were cracked by Isaac Haxton’s . On the runout , Haxton hit a clubs flush on the turn, eliminating Imsirovic in seventh place.
Mid-stacked Igor Kurganov was doing well on the final table and even managed to double up through Stephen Chidwick and Adrian Mateos. However, Mateos took his revenge and doubled up through Kurganov, leaving him with only 365,000 behind. Less than 10 minutes later, Chidwick raised to 65,000 from middle position and Kurganov moved all-in from the button for 350,000. Talal Shakerchi moved all-in from the small blind for 1,560,000 and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi tabled against Kurganov’s . The community cards ran , resulting in Kurganov’s sixth place exit.
With only five players left, play continued for more than an hour before Adrian Mateos’s deep run came to an end. He raised to 110,000 from under-the-gun with and Alex Foxen 3-bet to 455,000 from big blind, holding . Mateos shoved all-in and Foxen quickly called. The flop came , putting Foxen in the lead with a flopped pair of kings. The and completed the board but were of no help to Mateos who busted out in fifth place.
Shortly after the second break of the day, Haxton raised to 140,000 from under-the-gun and Talal Shakerchi, who had the second-shortest stack at the table, moved all-in for 1,285,000. Haxton snap-called and both players tabled their cards.
The rundown brought and did not favour either player. Haxton’s pocket nines eliminated Shakerchi in fourth place.
Stephen Chidwick had been at the top of the Global Poker Index Rankings for the most part this year with Foxen managing to de-throne him only recently. The pattern sort of played out here as well. While he did not exactly lose his entire stack to Foxen, he was eventually eliminated in third place by Haxton when his ran into Haxton’s which improved to a set of jacks on the board .
The heads-up play between Alex Foxen (5,840,000) and Isaac Haxton (4,965,000) saw them both almost evenly stacked though Foxen had a slight edge. But that did not last long as Haxton managed to snatch the lead away from Foxen and kept it all the way till the end.
On the final hand, Haxton limped in on the button for 60,000 with and Foxen raised to 225,000 from the big blind with . Haxton jammed for over 9.4 Million and Foxen called all-in for 1,330,000. The board fanned out and Foxen’s pair of aces were overpowered by Haxton’s two pairs of kings and jacks, relegating the latter to the runner-up spot while Haxton was crowned Super High Roller Bowl V Champion!
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