The newly introduced Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck Poker at the 2018 Poker Masters wrapped up successfully with 55 entries on its inaugural run. While it was a hard-fought event and had some big names like Jason Koon, Dan Shak and Justin Bonomo, it was the US high-stakes professional Isaac Haxton who eventually took down the tournament to claim the first-place prize money of $176,000.
Since his first score way back in 2007, Haxton from Nevada has come a long way and is currently ranked fourth on the Nevada, USA All Time Money List. The player holds $19,313,033 in total live earnings. He has recorded three final table finishes in the series and is placed second in the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket Rankings with 480 points. In this tournament, Adams didn’t score any points and Haxton is now just 30 points behind him on the standings for the Purple Jacket race.
Haxton beat a tough field in this tournament, including his countryman Maurice Hawkins in heads-up. The player took home the top prize of $176,000 (~INR 1.28 crore) for his victory. On the last hand of the event, Haxton had Ac Qd and Hawkins held 9d 7d. The board was Ad 8h 8c Kc Qh. While Haxton picked up two pairs, the latter failed to hit straight and finished runner-up for $115,500 .
After registering this grand win, Haxton said “I played my first hand of Short Deck yesterday. As the blinds got higher, I started to learn a little more and I was just all in a lot over the last thirty hands.”
Final Table Results (USD):
- Isaac Haxton – $176,000
- Maurice Hawkins – $115,500
- Ryan Tosoc – $77,000
- Andrew Robl – $55,000
- Cary Katz – $44,000
- Dominik Nitsche – $33,000