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Poker Hand Matchup: Isaac Haxton vs. Phil Ivey

Swords A K 9 7 3

Isaac Haxton

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 2,200,000

8 7

43.69 %

5.56 %

11.36 %

Phil Ivey

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 9,300,000

A 6

56.01 %

94.44 %

88.64 %


Posted On: Feb 26, 2014


Preflop, final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 80,000 and 160,000 and a 20,000 ante, Ivey called from the button, Haxton went all-in, and Ivey called.


Ivey took a bit of an unusual preflop line here, most players with Ace-high would go ahead and set Haxton all-in. Ivey had an approximate 4 : 1 chip lead over his opponent, who held about 14 big blinds. Many players would be content to deteriorate their opponents stack and be happy with the fold. Ivey knew his limp might invite a raise, but his hand would likely figure to be just a 3:2 favorite over a random hand. Since an opponent would fold to his all-in so frequently but alternatively bluff-shove and “get there” often enough to double up, Ivey’s limp certainly carried some risk. But his strategy proved successful – his aggressive opponent sure enough moved all-in and Ivey’s Ace high paired up on the flop leaving Haxton drawing quite thin. Haxton caught a lifeline on the turn when he paired up, opening up 5 news outs for him on the river, but Ivey prevailed and scored AU $4,000,000 – his largest cash to date. Ivey also won this event in 2012. Haxton earned AU $2,820,000 for his runner up finish – moving his casino winnings up to $8.2 million.


almost 8 years ago

To whomever posts these hand matchups,

I realize that a lot of these hands come from tournament final tables where the blinds are high and the relative stack sizes are low in relation to the blinds, but could you post hands that require more thinking than, "This player had X, went all-in, and player X called." Sometimes you post some that have some flop play but it would more interesting (IMHO)if there were actually some important turn and river decisions based on a player's style and/or reads and/or hand reading. Thanks.


almost 8 years ago

I agree with Staph.

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