Live Events 1
Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)
Days:
12345

Event Info

Buy-in $50,000
Prize Pool $4,800,000
Players 100

Level Info

Level 28
Limits 400,000 / 800,000
Ante 0

Highlights

Highlights

Careful Start to Three-Handed Play

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante

No-Limit Hold'em

Isaac Haxton raised to 250,000, and Elior Sion called in the big blind. The {K-Spades}{9-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop was checked through, as was the {7-Hearts} on the turn. The {6-Hearts} appeared on the river. Sion checked, Haxton bet 325,000, and that won the pot without showdown.

In the next hand, Sion limped in from the small blind, and Haxton checked his option in the big blind. The {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop went check-check, and Sion's bet of 210,000 on the {10-Diamonds} turn forced a fold from Haxton.

Last but not least, Haxton limped from the small blind, and Johannes Becker checked in the big blind. The {Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop brought no betting action. On the {J-Spades} turn, Haxton bet 100,000, and Becker called before doing so again for 400,000 after the {Q-Spades} river.

Haxton announced a ten and rolled over {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} for a straight to win the pot.

Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 10,300,000 600,000
Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 9,000,000 -700,000
Elior Sion gb
Elior Sion
gb 5,700,000 -345,000

Tags: Elior SionIsaac HaxtonJohannes Becker

Ivo Donev Eliminated in 4th Place ($419,337)

mnuwwarah • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante
Ivo Donev elimination
Ivo Donev elimination

No-Limit Hold'em

Elior Sion raised to 215,000 on the button, and Isaac Haxton called in the small blind. Ivo Donev made it 1,650,000 in the big blind, pushing in all of his T25,000 chips and leaving himself just a couple of towers of T5,000 chips behind. Sion folded quickly, but Haxton took longer.

Haxton drooped his head toward his chips, deep in thought for about a minute, and then slid forward a tower of T100,000 chips with an all-in announcement.

Donev shot out of his chair and snap-called, tabling {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}.

"That's not good for me," Haxton said, turning over {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}.

Neither was the {10-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop or the {q-Spades} turn. However, the {5-Diamonds} fell on the river, much to the delight of at least one railbird rooting hard for Haxton. Donev calmly shook hands with his opponents.

Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 9,700,000 2,100,000
Ivo Donev at
Ivo Donev
at Busted

Tags: Elior SionIsaac HaxtonIvo Donev

Becker in the Lead

123md • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante
Johannes Becker
Johannes Becker

2-7 Triple Draw

Johannes Becker raised from the button, Isaac Haxton three-bet from the big blind, and Becker called.

Both players drew one, Haxton bet, and Becker called. Both drew one again, both checked, and both drew one on the third draw. Haxton bet, Becker raised, and Haxton folded.

Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 9,700,000 1,050,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 7,600,000 -1,250,000

Tags: Isaac HaxtonJohannes Becker

Donev Gets Short in Triple Draw

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Ivo Donev raised on the button, and Johannes Becker made it three bets out of the small blind. Donev called.

Becker drew one, and Donev drew two cards. Becker then bet, and Donev called. Becker stood pad while Donev drew one card and called a bet. Becker stood pat again, and Donev drew one card. Becker bet. Donev peeked at his cards and sighed, then folded.

Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 8,650,000 1,495,000
Ivo Donev at
Ivo Donev
at 1,950,000 -1,580,000

Tags: Ivo DonevJohannes Becker

Sion Over Haxton Twice in Triple Draw

mnuwwarah • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Elior Sion raised on the button and called a three-bet from Isaac Haxton, who was in the small blind. Both players drew one, and Haxton slowed down with a check. Sion bet, and Haxton called. Haxton drew again, but Sion was pat. Haxton check-folded to a bet.

The next hand, Sion opened again for a raise and called a three-bet from Haxton. Both players drew one on each pull, with Sion check-calling every betting street until the last one. At that point, both players checked.

Sion announced a queen and rolled over {q-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-}, and Haxton couldn't beat it.

Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 8,850,000 -1,850,000
Elior Sion gb
Elior Sion
gb 6,045,000 2,545,000

Tags: Elior SionIsaac Haxton

Haxton Takes From Sion

123md • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Elior Sion raised from the small blind, Isaac Haxton three-bet from the big blind, and Sion called.

Sion drew two, Haxton drew one, and Sion check-called a bet. The draws and action remained the same on the second draw before both players stood pat on the final draw. Sion check-called a final bet from Haxton but mucked when Haxton tabled {9-}{7-}{6-}{3-}{2-}.

Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 10,700,000 1,510,000
Elior Sion gb
Elior Sion
gb 3,500,000 -1,620,000

Tags: Elior SionIsaac Haxton

Haxton Making Money

MrPaulSeaton • Level 25: 200,000-400,000, 0 ante
Isaac Haxton has built a chip lead in the first session of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Isaac Haxton has built a chip lead in the first session of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship

Ike Haxton would leap four places on the all-time money list if he can close out this $50,000 Poker Players' Championship, but Haxton is not here for the trophy or even the bragging rights of taking down a tournament that so many players have declared as tournament all the top players want to win.

"“I’m not a big glory chaser. I’m just here to make money," Haxton told us as the players broke for 15 minutes with just three opponents standing in Haxton's way of the $1,395,767 top prize.

He's also not concerned about losing Daniel Negreanu early on in fifth place: “I’m just playing. I’m not particularly concerned with who is eliminated in what order. I just want to win.”

Despite strength in other areas, Haxton's hopes have been boosted by running well in a variant in which he's not so well-versed.

“Obviously, my best games are no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha, but as it's turned out, I’ve run really hot in the stud games for some reason. There’s no justice in poker."

Haxton's specialties aside, he agrees that his edge against players in their weaker games may mean he has success in games that wouldn't be the ones he'd choose to press home his advantage.

"Of course, I’m thinking about how other people are playing [the different variants]. I have just under 9.2 million chips, so I still have the chip lead.

Can Haxton hold the lead all the way to winning his first WSOP bracelet? He may care more about the money, but he's in pole position to grab the gold, too.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuIsaac Haxton

Level: 25

Stud Games: Ante 50,000 - Bring In 50,000 - Completion 200,000
No-Limit & Pot-Limit: Ante 30,000 - SB 50,000 - BB 100,000

Donev Loses Two Limit Hold'em Hands in a Row

zedmaster84 • Level 24: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante

Limit Hold'em

Isaac Haxton raised from the small blind and Ivo Donev called in the big blind. On the {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop, Haxton bet and Donev raised, Haxton called. The {3-Clubs} on the turn was checked through and the {10-Diamonds} river paired the board. Haxton bet and Donev cut out chips for a raise before electing to fold.

While the next hand was shuffled, Haxton asked "what did you have Ivo, that was a weird hand."

One hand later, Donev limped in from the small blind and Johannes Becker checked his option. On a flop of {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{5-Spades}, Donev checked and Becker bet. Donev check-raised and Becker called. The {6-Spades} on the turn saw Donev bet and Becker call before the {2-Hearts} turn was checked.

Donev briefly flashed his card, and one of them was the {10-Spades}. Becker claimed the pot with {A-Hearts}{2-Spades} and Donev lost the second hand in a row.

Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 9,350,000 800,000
Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 7,300,000 1,690,000
Ivo Donev at
Ivo Donev
at 3,370,000 -1,305,000

Tags: Isaac HaxtonIvo DonevJohannes Becker