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Isaac Haxton, Poker Nomad, Keeps Beating the Game for Millions

Black Friday Uprooted the High-Stakes Specialist, A Blessing In Disguise

by Erik Fast |  Published: Dec 25, 2013


There is in an unexpected earnestness in Isaac Haxton’s voice as he explains why he loves to play games. “There is something that happens to my brain when playing a game. It makes so much sense. The rules are so clear, your objective is so clear that everything else sort of melts away and you get to focus in on this one thing and it is simultaneously the most stimulating and most relaxing thing in the world.” Games, especially poker, have proved profitable for Haxton. He has amassed more than $5.7 million in tournament winnings, and, as one of the most successful cash-game players in the history of online poker, additional millions beating up the best ring-game players on the virtual felt. Born in New York in 1985 to a psychiatrist and a college professor, Haxton discovered his obsession with strategy games at the age of four when he first ...

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