American poker pro Isaac Haxton has spent over a decade playing poker and making a successful living. The 32 year old poker pro has had massive success playing online poker and recently signed up to be a brand ambassador with partypoker.
During his teens, Haxton spent a lot of time playing video games and played competitively. When he turned 18, he transitioned and started playing poker. He tasted success very quickly cashing out with $861,789 in his first ever live tournament at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship Event in 2007. Since then, Haxton made a steady climb up the ranks and now has a total of $16,220,476 in live earnings and over $2 million in online tournaments.
Haxton’s success did not go unnoticed and PokerStars brought him on as a brand ambassador in 2012 and he remained with them for four years. Haxton decided to part ways with Team PokerStars Pro after deciding not to renew his contract with the online operator over displeasure with the changes the site brought to its VIP program.
New Partnership With partypoker
Not too long after Haxton’s split with PokerStars, he found a new home in partypoker after being signed in January 2018. According to Haxton, partypoker’s growth over the years in terms of expanding their online cash game and tournament offerings, improving their software, and innovating their live events appealed to him.
Haxton has won millions playing poker over the years but he has never won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), WPT or the European Poker Tour. According to him, his partnership with partypoker allows him to pursue what he wants—which could be sitting in a juicy cash game instead of competing in a highly publicized tournament. He added that he has never been a bracelet-chaser and his deal with partypoker is not going to change his views or the way he plays poker.
Haxton also shared that partypoker was eager to get him to join their team because the brand wanted to build a team of high roller players—and Haxton’s penchant for high buy-in tournaments was a perfect fit for the team.
Haxton will continue to play high stake events and has confirmed that he will be present at the 2018 WSOP and will take part in the Big One for One Drop event that has a $1 million buy-in. Haxton has made it a habit to play as many high stake events as he can, especially events where the buy-in is over $50,000.
Artificial Intelligence Infiltrating Poker
In Jan 2017, Libratus, an artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Carnegie Mellon University named Libratus made poker history. In a 20-day poker marathon called Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante held at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Libratus was able to top poker pros with a total of $1,766,250 in chips.
Libratus was able to beat poker pros Daniel McAulay, Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Jimmy Chou in Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em after the machine learned from its weaknesses and improved its algorithm after every fight.
According to Haxton, the victory of Libratus against the poker pros was an important development for the game of Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em and for poker in general. Haxton emphasized that online poker rooms should see these developments in AI as incentive to improve their anti-bot measures to make sure that humans are playing humans and not bots.
But despite the fact that AI was able to trump human skill and intelligence, it doesn’t mean that poker is under threat. Haxton pointed out that AI bots had also infiltrated the games of chess and backgammon and have bested humans on a consistent basis but yet both games continue to thrive. This is one main reason why Haxton believes that poker pros should not feel threatened by AI bots but instead should make an effort to study AI to improve their skillsets. Haxton pointed out that that many top poker players are already studying AI to work on their games.
In a statement, Haxton said, “I think it’s the future of game playing. Computers are going to be better than people at most games pretty soon. Mastering a game is going to be in large part about learning from those computers as effectively as you can.”

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