PokerStars this week have been running a competition on who will be their next PokerStars Team Pro, with them finally announcing the result today. They have decided to go with the former PCA runner up Isaac Haxton who has amassed a very impressive $4 million in career earnings thus far.
He is more of an online poker player than a live tournament pro, which will suit PokerStars right down to the ground.
Haxton said “I am extremely excited about the opportunity that this partnership will bring for me. I am no longer playing for just me and myself now; I am representing the biggest online team and poker brand. This brings me both new opportunities as well as responsibilities”.
PokerStars were obviously attracted to Haxton because of him being one of the most fearsome online players across many platforms of high stakes action. He uses the rather odd name of “philivey2694” whilst playing the high stakes tables, and is in fact one of the only players that beat a certain Viktor “Isildur1” Blom during the Super Showdown, additionally he was the only player willing to play against Blom for $1 million during the biggest ever Showdown that was staged.
His First Sponsorship!
This deal represents Haxton’s first ever online sponsorship deal, which just adds to his excitement at what lies ahead for himself. The Syracuse native has moved quickly to express his excitement at this deal and has detailed his own personal plans for the near future.
He aims to make it to the Supernova Elite in 2012 by mainly playing as many Sit n Go’s as he can, whilst also admits that he is still yet to learn PLO, which he plans to do, whist finally confirming that he plans to play a good amount of NLHE heads up cash matches.
He also claims that he had been looking to sign an online sponsorship deal for some time, with PokerStars always being his most favoured choice.
During this week, PokerStars have been running a “Guess The New PokerStars Team Pro” competition. Anyone who guessed correctly was then put into a hat for a draw where prizes of a total of $2,500 were won.
The competition only ran for a total of 36 hours, yet in that time there were a range of 1,500 names put forward. From what we gather around 10 percent of the guesses got it right, of which 50 of the players that got the name right were drawn and awarded $50 each.
Haxton joins a large and star studded list of PokerStars Team Pros, with the biggest names being that of Daniel Negreanu, Pius Heinz and Victoria Selbst.