Looks like Full Tilt Poker isn’t the only one ramping up their roster of poker pros. PokerStars, the company that now owns Full Tilt Poker, recently named the newest member of their Team PokerStars Online: Isaac Haxton.
The signing of Haxton as the newest member of Team PokerStars Online didn’t come as a surprise to a lot of people, especially after his name was one of the most frequent being thrown around as the potential new member of Team PokerStars Online. But now that it’s been made official, Haxton, who goes by the handle “philivey2694”, joins a stellar group of online poker players, including Shane “shaniac” Schleger, Randy “nanonoko” Lew, Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome, and Mickey “mement_mori” Peterson.
“I’m excited for the new opportunities this partnership brings,” Haxton said of the deal, as quoted by Poker News.
“I’m not just playing for myself now – I’m representing a team and a brand. That brings new opportunities and new responsibilities.”
As far as credentials go, Haxton has an impressive resume, both in live and online poker. One of his biggest achievements in live poker came in 2007 when he finished runner-up at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, winning $861,789 in the process. Haxton also finished third in the $25,000 High Roller Event at the 2012 installment of the PCA, pocketing $380,730. And then there’s his stellar run at the World Series of Poker. Although Haxton has yet to win a bracelet, the man can proudly claim to having cashed in the event 23 times, including his closest chance to winning a bracelet when he finished runner-up in the $40,000 40th Anniversary Event. Despite not winning that tournament, Haxton still went home with $1,168,565. Not too shabby, right?
More than just his exploits in live tournaments, Haxton’s also a feared online player, having gone toe-to-toe with online poker legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in three “Superstar Showdown” match-ups, winning two out of those three encounters against Isildur1.
Now that Haxton is a full-fledged member of Team PokerStars Online, he’s changing his name from “philivey2694” to “Ike Haxton”. That’s probably a good idea on Haxton’s part because, from here on out, he’s going to be identified by his actual name, not that of another poker pro many consider to be the best in the game today.