The $100,000 Super High Roller Bowl Pot-Limit Omaha is down to its seven-handed final table. Leading the way in the debut of this nosebleed stakes event is Isaac Haxton with 4.495 million chips. And by leading the way, we mean so far ahead that he can’t even see the Peloton.
Haxton’s closest competitor entering Wednesday’s action is Jared Bleznick, who holds 1.965 million chips, well less than half of Haxton’s total. All told, Haxton has almost 40% of the chips in play. Of course, it will only take one or two big hands for someone to catch up and Pot-Limit Omaha can see some wild hands, so it is far from over.
Also above the million-chip mark are Stephen Chidwick, who just won the Poker Masters Championship last month, and Chino Rheem, who clinched the PGT Mixed Games II title less than a week ago. The shortest stacks are Isaac Kempton, Frank Crivello, and Aaron Katz (no relation).
Everyone at the final table has sewn up at least $152,000, though most eyes are likely set on the top prize of $1,292,000 (ok, maybe the second prize of $836,000, depending on the player).
This could feel like déjà vu for Haxton, as he was in nearly this exact same situation about three weeks ago when he entered the final table of Super High Roller Bowl VIII with over half the chips in play. He went on to win, becoming the first player to win the Super High Roller Bowl twice. Should he travel the same path today, Haxton will have banked over $4 million in just these two tournaments.
And it’s not like Haxton entered Tuesday in amazing shape, as he was only in 13th place out of 17 players. Full houses were friendly to him, allowing him to make his move up the leaderboard on Day 2. It was right near the end of the day, though, that Haxton put that massive gap between himself and the rest of the field when he eliminated Michael Duek in 9th place.
Of course, that left one more player to hit the rail before the seven-handed final table could be set. And with a field of just 38, that also meant that only seven players would make the money. The unfortunate bubble boy this week was Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu.
With only around half a million chips remaining, Negreanu ended up calling all-in after Bleznick’s three-bet on the flop, having hit bottom set. Bleznick, though, had middle set. Negreanu got a sweat after the turn gave him a bunch of straight possibilities, but it wasn’t to be and he went out in eight place.
The final table is just getting underway at the at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, where the first Super High Roller Bowl Pot-Limit Omaha champ will be crowned.
Super High Roller Bowl Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Chip Counts
- Isaac Haxton – 4,495,000
- Jared Bleznick – 1,965,000
- Stephen Chidwick – 1,360,000
- Chino Rheem – 1,100,000
- Isaac Kempton – 995,000
- Frank Crivello – 800,000
- Aaron Katz – 680,000