Haxton, Imsirovic post wins at Poker Masters

Two more champions have been crowned at the 2018 Poker Masters, as Isaac Haxton and Ali Imsirovic have added their names to the winners list.

Haxton was the last man standing in the $10,000 Short Deck tournament. This was the debut of Short Deck at the Poker Masters and according to Haxton, it was also the first time he had played the poker variation in a tournament. The unique game, in which the deck is shortened to 36 cards after the twos through fives are removed, drew a 55-player field. For the win, Haxton cashed $176,000.

At an impressive final table, it came down to Haxton and 11-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins heads-up for the tournament title. The chip lead went back and forth a few times before they all found their way to Haxton.

On the final hand, Haxton had Ac-Qd vs Hawkins’ 9d-7d. The board ended up Ad-8h-8c-Kc-Qh and Haxton’s two pair, aces and queens, took it. For second place, Hawkins pocketed $115,500.

Imsirovic wins $25,000 NLH tourney

Imsirovic faced off against a 66-player field in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. After making his third final table of the Poker Masters series, Imsirovic collected $462,000 for the win.

It came down to Imsirovic and Ben Yu heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Imsirovic had a 2-to-1 chip lead on his opponent and it wasn’t long before he took them all.

On the final hand of the tournament, Yu went all-in with Ac-6d and Imsirovic called with pocket fives. Another five on the flop was all Imsirovic needed, and no help for Yu on the turn or river ended it. For second place, Yu picked up $330,000.

With five tournaments in the books at the Poker Masters, the current points leader is Brandon Adams with 510 points. Adams won the second event, the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and has two other final-table appearances already. Chasing him in the standings are Haxton in second with 480 points and Imsirovic and Yu, tied for third place with 360 points.

Only two events remain on the Poker Masters schedule — a $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament, and the big one, a $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament.