Haxton victorious at Poker Masters Short Deck event

The $10,000 Short Deck poker tournament of the annual Poker Masters has produced a winner.  Isaac Haxton took down the event and pocketed $176,000, giving him his third cash in the first four events of the series.  He is now in second place on the Poker Masters leaderboard, only 30 points under Brandon Adams.

It was the first time Haxton had played Short Deck Poker, making the win that much more intriguing.  He said afterward, "I played my first hand of Short Deck yesterday.  As the blinds got higher, I started to learn a little more and I was just all in a lot over the last thirty hands."

Dominik Nitsche was the first to fall at the final table.  He earned $33,000 for his sixth-place finish and was shortly followed by fellow poker pro Cary Katz.  Katz mixed it up with Haxton in his last hand, but a suited K-Q combo wasn't strong enough against Haxton's A-10 and he was sent home with $44,000. 

Andrew Robl would succumb next, falling to a full house held by Ryan Tosoc.  He was awarded $55,000 for making it to fourth place.  Tosoc ran into a wall about an hour later when his A-10 was met by Haxton's A-J and he was sent to the rail with $77,000. 

Down to two players, the final heads-up battle would pit Haxton against Maurice Hawkins.  Hawkins started strong, but Haxton continued to find some lucky cards.  When Hawkins scored pocket Queens, he was feeling confident that the tables would turn, but the A-J combo held by Haxton found an Ace on the turn and Hawkins was on the ropes. 

The final hand of the game saw Haxton flop two pair, securing his victory.  Hawkins took home $115,500 for his runner-up performance.  

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