Isaac Haxton wins Super High Roller Bowl V

Poker Pro Isaac Haxton Slays Super High Roller Bowl V for $3.6 Million

Isaac Haxton is widely regarded as one of the best poker players in the world but he’s racked up an awful lot of near misses over the last few years of his career.

That changed last night as the American went wire-to-wire at the final table of the highly publicized $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl V to win a staggering $3.6 million.

It’s the single biggest score in the history of Haxton’s career, which is impressive considering he’d already accumulated $20 million in live tournament earnings prior to last night.

Haxton played the SHRB V final table to perfection and managed to get past vaunted players like Adrian Mateos, Stephen Chidwick and recent Poker Masters Sportsbook Ali Imsirovic.

It was all leading up to a stunning heads-up showdown with Alex Foxen, who’s currently ranked as the No. 1 poker player in the world.

Haxton is highly regarded as a heads-up specialist, however, and made quick work of Foxen. In the final hand Haxton got his K-J to beat Foxen’s A-8.

Here’s a look at the complete final table payouts:

Super High Roller Bowl V Results      
Place Name Country Payout
1 Isaac Haxton United States $3,672,000
2 Alex Foxen United States $2,160,000
3 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $1,512,000
4 Talal Shakerchi United Kingdom $1,188,000
5 Adrian Mateos Spain $972,000
6 Igor Kurganov Russia $756,000
7 Ali Imsirovic United States $540,000

Negreanu Finishes Ninth, Misses Money

To say the Super High Roller is a rich event would be an understatement.

SHRB V attracted a total of 36 entries, each one paying the whopping $300,000 buy-in and combining to create a gargantuan prize pool of $10.8 million.

This is technically the second SHRB of the year as organizers made the decision to move the mammoth tournament from May to December. The event took a slight hit in attendance with 12 fewer players compared to the edition that occurred in the spring but it was still impressive that organizers were able to find 36 players willing to pay the immense buy-in.

Because of the relatively small field, only the top seven players made the money and that meant some of the best poker players in the world were left out in the cold.

Daniel Negreanu, who made one of his best reads ever on Day 1 of the event, finished just shy of the money by coming in ninth place. Don’t feel too bad for him, however, as the verbose Canadian poker pro came second in the last edition of the SHRB, earning a total of $3 million.

Some of the other notable players who finished out of the money included Fedor Holz, Justin Bonomo and Brian Rast. Even Rick Solomon, who finished as the chip leader on Day 1 and Day 2, finished out of the money.

Foxen Looks to Snag 2018 Player of the Year

Interestingly, the final table of the SHRB V included not one but two players in contention for the Global Poker Index’s coveted 2018 Player of the Year Award.

Both New Yorker Alex Foxen and Stephen Chidwick were looking to close out the year with a win to lock up POY.

Ultimately Foxen’s second-place finish will likely be enough to give him the title. The results are still being tabulated but, prior to SHRB V, Foxen was already leading the race with 4,070 points and that number is only going to get bigger.

Chidwick was close behind with 3,786 and put in a valiant effort at SHRB but it’s unlikely his third-place finish will give him enough points to leapfrog Foxen. There are no more major tournaments scheduled for 2018 so it appears that Foxen will earn the title.

Since its inception in 2015, the Super High Roller Bowl has been one of the most prestigious tournaments in poker.

That said, we’re headed for a long wait before the next SHRB. Because the event is permanently switching to December, it will be over a year until high rollers descend on Vegas in search of SHRB glory.

SHRB’s organizer, Poker Central, has some other events cooked up in the meantime, however, with the Poker Masters set for next fall and the ongoing Poker After Dark series.