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