Isaac Haxton Leads $40k NLHE Event at WSOP After Day 3

Published on May 31st, 2009 1:38 am EST

poker player isaac haxtonThe final table of the $40k NLHE event (Event #2) at the World Series of Poker has now been set, and Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton is your chip leader heading into Sunday's action.

201 of the top poker players in the world registered to play in this event, and now there are only nine left. Those nine are:

Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton - 5.95 million
Vitaly Lunkin - 4.56 million
Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis - 3.8 million
Greg Raymer - 3.34 million
Alec Torelli - 2.34 million
Justin "Zeejustin" Bonomo - 1.68 million
Dani "Ansky" Stern - 1.3 million
Noah Schwartz - 660k
Ted Forrest - 560k

The final table bubble burst when Tony G was eliminated in 10th place.

Some of the players who were eliminated on Saturday included:

Matthew "adz124" Marafioti
Brian Townsend
Brian "tsarrast" Rast
Andy Black

There will be an interesting mix of experience and youth at the $40k NLHE final table on Sunday.

Ted Forrest has the most WSOP bracelets of anyone at the final table (5), but will be entering Sunday's action as the short stack.

Justin Bonomo is young but has already amassed a great deal of final table experience. He has a WSOP circuit event victory under his belt, as well as two World Series of Poker final table appearances.

Isaac Haxton has appeared in a number of major final tables over his short career. He finished second in the 2007 PCA for $861k, and sixth in the 2008 EPT London High Rollers Event for $188k. Haxton also has a couple of WSOP final tables under his belt.

Greg Raymer, as you well know, won the 2004 World Series of Poker. Raymer is an extremely capable poker player, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him win this event.

Vitaly Lunkin won a bracelet last year ($1,500 NLHE event for $629k), and will certainly be no pushover at the final table.

Dani Stern and Lex Veldhuis don't have a great deal of "live" tournament experience, but both are extremely talented players who made their names playing online poker.

Alec Torelli has a couple of major final table experiences to draw from, including a second place finish in the $10k Heads-Up event last year at the World Series of Poker.

Noah Schwartz appeared at the final table of the 2008 Borgata Winter Open, where he eventually finished in 4th place for $331k. Schwartz has nearly $800k in total lifetime tournament cashes.

The remaining nine players will all be battling it out for the $1.89 million dollar first place prize, as well as the coveted WSOP bracelet.

All of the final table participants are guaranteed at least $230k for making it this far.

The final table will begin at around 2 pm on Sunday afternoon.


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