Amid a flurry of poker tournaments in the opening five weeks of the year, one player’s name has been mentioned more than anyone – Isaac Haxton. The American, who currently sits in 15th place on the All-Time Money List, has starred in tournaments in Las Vegas and The Bahamas as he’s banked an incredible $3.7 million in tournament cashes.

What made the likeable professional hit the ground running in the New Year and what has he won and where? It’s time to appreciate the ‘action’ that Haxton brings to the table.

Haxton’s first major title in 2023 came in Las Vegas at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Hotel & Casino Resort. Entering the $50,000-entry Event #8, the final event on the PokerGO Cup schedule, Haxton knew that to make a profit on his buy-in he’d have to finish in the top four players.
With the dynamics of the leaderboard race, two of the three players he faced once he made the money had eyes on the overall leaderboard victory. As such, Haxton pressed for the win. His ace-five of spades made a flush against Dan Colpoys’ pocket nines, meaning he went into three-handed play with a lead. Soon after, he busted Sean Winter to confirm Cary Katz as the overall champion.
Katz pressed hard heads-up, but Haxton held him off to take the victory and the first cash of the year for a whopping $598,000. Haxton had cashed in just the final event but won the biggest top prize of the PokerGO Cup series. Hopping on a plane bound for The Bahamas, he planned to attend the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure next.

2023 PokerGO Cup Event #8 $50,000 NLHE Final Table Results:

1stIsaac HaxtonU.S.A.$598,000
2ndCary KatzU.S.A.$364,000
3rdSean WinterU.S.A.$208,000
4thDaniel ColpoysU.S.A.$130,000

Hitting the Sand Running

Touching down in The Bahamas, Haxton didn’t have long before he jumped in the first event he could – the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller that opened the action in the 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). ‘

With 49 players, only seven places would be paid. Still, if any of the collection of elite professionals that gathered inside the Baha Mar Resort thought Haxton would be tired following his exertions in Sin City, they were wrong. Instead, Haxton once again finished top of the pile after a three-way deal with Adrian Mateos and Seth Davies left the players taking each other on for the title – which Haxton then won.

Haxton told PokerNews reporters after the event, “I’m feeling great. This is a fantastic start to the year.” Little did he know that it was only going to get even better. The next event Haxton took on was the $10k PCA Main Event. Despite not managing a run to the final table this time, Haxton still cashed, finishing 127th for $17,600.

Three days later, Haxton entered the eight-handed $25,000-entry NLHE Event and finished in third place from 97 entries, winning another $491,550. Outlasted only by all-time money list leader and eventual winner Justin Bonomo and Portuguese professional Rui Ferreira, Haxton’s huge half-million dollar win was an unbelievable result. Yet, somehow, he wasn’t done there.

2023 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results:

1stIsaac HaxtonU.S.A.$1,082,230*
2ndSeth DaviesU.S.A.$1,078,347*
3rdAdrian MateosSpain$1,095,903*
4thJuan PardoSpain$522,900
5thMike WatsonCanada$404,100
6thDaniel DvoressCanada$320,900
7thTimothy AdamsCanada$249,600

Finishing Off in Style

Just over a week after he had arrived in The Bahamas, Isaac Haxton left the island $3 million richer than when he landed at the airport. His final event win was an outright victory, as he won the $100,000-entry seven-handed High Roller for an incredible $1,555,360. Haxton was again the pick of the crop and had to win the challenging event by topping 21 entries.
The start of the second day saw a dozen top professionals kick-off, with only six of them making the money. Haxton was again the man to burst it, sending Adrian Mateos home with nothing to put the rest of the table into the money.
Fedor Holz threatened to take over, but a huge hand when three-handed saw Latvian WSOP bracelet winner Aleks Ponakovs taken out by Haxton, who called a shove with just middle pair on the flop, which ended up proving correct. Haxton remarked at the time that he’d “have to look it up later, but the computers probably won’t like it!”
Heads-up, Haxton took down the title, beating Holz after an hour of play culminated in his victory with 10-8 against the German’s K-9. Haxton was overheard saying, “Wow, what a week, can’t complain,” as he won yet another trophy and added even more money to his total. Overall, Haxton’s incredible run over less than a fortnight saw him bank over $3.7 million, which equates to 10% of his lifetime’s earnings at the live felt.
Quite the poker trip all around.

2023 PCA $100,000 7-Handed High Roller Final Table Results:

1stIsaac HaxtonU.S.A.$1,555,360
2ndFedor HolzGermany$1,014,400
3rdAleksejs PonakovsLatvia$698,800
4thSteve O’DwyerIreland$518,500
5thNick PetrangeloU.S.A.$405,800
6thDavid PetersU.S.A.$315,600


Paul Seaton

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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for over a decade, reporting live from events such as the World Series of Poker, the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour in his career to date. Having also been the Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and Head of Media for partypoker, Paul has also written for PokerNews, 888poker and PokerStake, interviewing many of the world’s greatest poker players. These include Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth and all four members of The Hendon Mob, for which he was nominated for a Global Poker Award for Best Written Content.
Paul Seaton has been a professional poker writer and reporter for 12 years at the World Series of Poker, on the European Poker Tour and as part of the World Poker Tour team too. Passionate about interviewing many of poker's best such as Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth Paul has been nominated for a Global Poker Award for Best Written Content.