WSOP Event #2: Isaac Haxton retakes chip lead, four left

wsop2009_thn.gifPokerStars player Isaac Haxton, the young New Yorker, has retaken the chip lead after busting Justin Bonomo in fifth place. We're now down to four-handed, with both Haxton and Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer fighting with Vitaly Lunkin and Daniel Stern for the bracelet - and nearly $1.9 million.

Haxton is no stranger to final tables: he finished runner up in the 2007 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $861,000, came second in the PokerStars EPT London high roller last year, and has three other WSOP final table cashes to his name. In his short career he has put together $1.4 million in tournament winnings - and if he holds on here for a few more hours he'll at least double that.


Isaac Haxton

The hand against Bonomo was something of a cooler. Bonomo raised to 255,000 and Haxton disguised his pocket aces with a flat call from the small blind. Raymer came along from the big blind as well, and they saw a flop of [10d]9♥3♥. Haxton bet 300,000, Raymer got out of the way, and Bonomo moved all in for 2,775,000 with J♦J♣.

He got the bad news when Haxton insta called with the rockets, and nothing changed on the turn or river, sending Bonomo to the rail with the consolation of a $413,166 pay day.


Congratulations to Team PokerStars Germany Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg, who just missed out on a final table when he busted in tenth place in the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better event, cashing $16,829.


Sebastian Ruthenberg

This result takes his tournament winnings to over the $3 million mark, a fantastic achievement for the young pro, who won the PokerStars Barcelona EPT last September.