WSOP Event #2: Haxton uses "One Time Chip" to stay alive

wsop2009_thn.gifWe've seen it used in Europe, South America, and now here for the first time at the WSOP in Las Vegas - yes, the PokerStars Blog One Time Chip has made an appearance and done its work for PokerStars player Isaac Haxton, who used it to double up and stay alive during heads-up of the $40,000 no limit.

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We introduced the chip at EPT Copenhagen - see its explanation here - and since then it has helped countless players around the world*.

But none could have been as high profile as this - Isaac Haxton was trailing heads up against Russia's Vitaly Lunkin and got all in on a board showing K-5-3-6.

Lunkin: A♠A♦
Haxton: K♠[10s]

Haxton was in a world of trouble and praying for his tournament life, needing another king or a ten.

"This would be an appropriate moment to use my one time," he said.

At that, all his supporters in the crowd started chanting: "One time, one time."

The PokerStars Blog One Time Chip did its magic, and a second ten landed on the river, shooting Haxton back into the heads-up lead.

The only downside of our chip is that he is not allowed to use the "One time" again for the rest of the event, according to our trademarked rules.

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Isaac Haxton

This heads-up battle is turning into a marathon, with the lead is chopping and changing all the time.

* Probably an exaggeration.