Say hello to the newest member of partypoker... Isaac Haxton. The Syracuse, New York native and Ivy League-educated American pro is currently ranked #15 overall on the American money list with nearly $16 million in tournament winnings. Two years ago, Ike Haxton opted to not renew his sponsorship with PokerStars after a fallout involving their VIP programs. Haxton stuck to his principles and walked away from PokerStars during a lean time for overall sponsorship deals from online sites... especially for an American pro. Two years later, partypoker announced they added Ike Haxton to the ranks as their newest sponsored pro. Haxton will be joining his fellow Americans Mike Sexton and Jason Koon as a pitchman for partypoker.
According to an official press release, Ike Haxton explained: “I am very excited to be joining the partypoker team. I've been very impressed with their growth over the last year or so. From expanding their online cash game and tournament offerings, to improving their software, and most of all rolling out their ambitious and innovative live events program, their commitment to growing the game and providing a great product for their players has been clear. I'm truly proud to represent the company, which I believe is going to be the future of poker, online and live.”
Tom Waters, the Managing Director for partypoker added: "We are delighted that Isaac is joining us at partypoker. Isaac's profile and experience makes him a perfect ambassador for the company. Over the years he has also demonstrated a real commitment to principles and will play a key role in helping us meet and exceed player expectations. We are in the process of building a poker site for the players and Isaac will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals."
Waters liked Haxton's "commitment to principles", which everyone at partypoker hopes will translate into raising the profile of partypoker in the high stakes community.
Two years ago, Haxton did not renew his contract as PokerStars pitchman to protest the unpopular changes to the Supernova and Supernova Elite bonus programs in late 2016. Ugly move from the beancounters screwing over VIPs and Haxton called them out on it. Haxton was not shy about sharing his fierce opinions on the matter, which included a 2+2 thread and tweets. Haxton echoed the sentiment of many high-volume players and other high-stakes regs. Since the Supernova fallout, PokerStars focused on their recreational players as many high volume online grinders migrated to partypoker.
Over the last year, partypoker added several notable names to their crew of pros. Fedor Holz is currently in early stages of his retirement, but he announced a partnership with partypoker last year. Most recently, Jason Koon and Kristen Bicknell joined Team partypoker. Their expanding roster of pros also includes several top players in Europe such as Sam Trickett, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Patrick Leonard, Joni Jouhkimainen, Padraig Parkinson, Johnny Lodden, Anatoly Filtov, Marcel Luske, and Natalia Breviglieri. Oh, and how could we forget tennis legend Boris Becker! The German is also an internationally-known celebrity pitchman.
Ike Haxton banked over $15.8 million in tournaments since turning pro. His biggest single cash to date was a $2.5M score as the runner-up at the Aussie Millions $250K high roller. Haxton has three seven-figure scores on three continents in three different locales Macau, Australia, and Vegas. Haxton banked $1.1M in 2013 as the runner-up at the special $40K buy-in WSOP event to commemorate its 40th anniversary. Haxton also has eight total scores in excess of $500K. Pretty sick, eh?
Watch this old episode of Joe Rogan Podcast with Ike Haxton from 2014…