After roughly 10 hours of play, Day 2 of the Super High Roller Bowl saw its field trimmed from 27 players down to its final table of seven. Those seven players are in the money, are guaranteed $540,000, and will come back on Wednesday at 1 p.m. to play down to a winner live on PokerGO.
Isaac Haxton is leading the pack and has the inside track to the $3.672 million first-place prize. The New York native who was featured on Pokerography on PokerGO dominated his table on the bubble to finish the day with 2,415,000. He won a ton of pots without showdown to steadily amass chips and pull away from the rest of the pack. When it was all said and done, Haxton just barely edged out his friend Stephen Chidwick for the chip lead.
The reigning U.S. Poker Open champion burst the bubble in the middle of level 15 to put a wrap on the second day of play. His pocket tens won a race against Mikita Badziakouski’s ace-king to eliminate the fellow pro on the bubble. Badziakouski’s elimination at the end of the day guaranteed the final seven players at least a $540,000 cash. Along with bursting the bubble, Chidwick eliminated Daniel Negreanu in ninth to send the tournament to hand-for-hand play. Chidwick three-bet bluff a six-high flop with nine-ten off-suit and turned a nine. They got all in on the turn and Negreanu showed pocket sevens to bust a couple spots shy of the money.
Chidwick is looking to score his second major high-roller title of the year after winning the U.S. Poker Open last February. Chidwick cashed in five of the eight events and won two of them.
The British pro isn’t the only player looking to score a second major title of the year. At just 23-years-old, Ali Imsirovic got his first taste of playing against the game’s best earlier this year when he won the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. He cashed for over $1.288 million over the seven events just a few months ago. He will start the final table of the Super High Roller Bowl as the short stack.
Igor Kurganov and Alex Foxen are bunched together in the middle of the counts, while Adrian Mateos and Talal Shakerchi join Imsirovic at the bottom of the counts.
Foxen jumped out to a huge chip lead in the middle of the day after eliminating Sean Winter, Nick Petrangelo, and Justin Bonomo in short succession. The hand versus Winter was crucial as Foxen hit a winning straight on the river versus the set of his opponent. Check out the hand and Foxen’s analysis in the player below.
During the following two eliminations, Foxen held pocket kings. Foxen flopped a full house, but Petrangelo rivered a smaller one. Bonomo four-bet shoved with ace-four of hearts and ran into Foxen’s cowboys. That gave Foxen a huge lead, but he fell back down into the middle of the pack as the day neared a close.
Here is a look at the seat draw for Wednesday’s final table:
|Super High Roller Bowl V Final Table|
|1||Ali Imsirovic||United States||875,000|
|2||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||2,405,000|
|3||Isaac Haxton||United States||2,415,000|
|5||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||995,000|
|6||Alex Foxen||United States||1,590,000|