Isaac Haxton to take on Isildur1 in SuperStar Showdown
When PokerStars revealed its signing of Isildur1 to the elite roster of Team Pros, the news came with the announcement that the biggest-rolled of PokerStars players would have a special opportunity to take their shot against the notoriously swingy online nose-bleeder.
Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton is the first who stepped to the plate.
On December 19 at 6pm ET, Haxton and Isildur1 will face off at four $50/$100 no-limit hold'em tables over a 2,500 session. The match, one of a series known as the SuperStar Showdown, will be played in public on PokerStars for everyone to watch. This isn't some run-of-the-mill promotion or made-for-tv event. The players are putting their own money on the table.
It was almost four years ago that we met Haxton under the Bahamas sun as he nearly took down a PCA main event title. In 2007, Haxton finished runner-up to Ryan Daut and earned more than $860,000. Since then, he's gone on to be a well-respected cash and tournament pro who has earned three million dollars in tourneys alone.
As promised, you'll be able to watch the match as it plays out. Take a look under the Hold'em > No Limit / Pot Limit section of the PokerStars cash lobby to be part of the rail.
Isildur1 said, "I'm looking forward to the challenge on Sunday, it´s going to be an exciting game. I have a strong confidence in my heads-up no-limit hold'em game. Isaac Haxton is a player that I have a big respect for."
For his part, Haxton isn't afraid. "I am very excited for the match. I love a challenge and Isildur1 will definitely be one," Haxton said. "He is one of the best heads up no-limit players in the world, but I know what I need to do to beat him. I'm as confident as you can be going into a 2500-hand match against a top opponent."
So, we'll keep an eye on the game Sunday night. It should be a doozy.