WSOP Event #2: Haxton busts Raymer for heads-up chip lead

wsop2009_thn.gifWe're heads-up, and PokerStars player Isaac Haxton has more than a 2:1 chip lead after busting first Daniel Stern and then Greg Raymer in the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Stern went in fourth place for a $548,315 payout after getting on the wrong end of Haxton in two successive hands. First he open limped on the button and when Haxton - the short stack at the time - shoved, he called.

Stern: 5♥5♣
Haxton: K♣7♣

The flop was A♣6♠3♣ opening up loads of doors for Haxton - and the turn of 9♣ gave him the pot, doubling up to 6,530,000.

It left Stern perilously short on 1,450,000, and the next hand it was all over. This time Stern shoved with Q♥[10c] and was called by Haxton with A♠K♥. No help for Stern and his tremendous run in the $40,000 no limit event was over.


Isaac Haxton

That left the three survivors - Raymer, Haxton and Vitaly Lunkin - more or less neck-and-neck in chips:

Isaac Haxton, PokerStars player, 8,270,000
Greg Raymer, Team PokerStars Pro, 8,125,000

Vitaly Lunkin, 7,620,000

But then a monster, monster hand saw Haxton bust Raymer and take a huge chip lead over Russia's Lunkin. Raymer raised to 400,000 on the button, and Haxton re-raised to 1,250,000. Raymer was having none of it, and shoved for 8,105,000 in total. Haxton called.

Raymer: 5♥5♦
Haxton: 9♦9♥

The board ran out K-Q-10-3-3 and the Fossilman became extinct - signing his Fossil card protector as a souvenir for Haxton.


Greg Raymer, with Haxton behind

It had been a sensational run for Raymer, who came so close to picking up his second bracelet after winning the world championship back in 2004. While he'll be devastated to have got so close, his third place prize of $774,927 should go some way to dulling the pain.

Straight after being knocked out, he moved a few yards away to the Champions Invitational event where he had been blinded away, and promptly busted from there, too.