“Sauce123” Into PokerStars All-Star Showdown Final
With the PokerStars All-Star Showdown in full swing now, we already have our first finalist, Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky making it into the final after beating new PokerStars Team Pro Isaac “Ike Haxton” Haxton in the first semi final.
Both players were this time fighting it out with $200k each after doubling their money in the last round, whilst the stakes were set at $100/$200. Those blinds would stay there until more than 3000 hands had been played, they would then double. The game was no limit hold’em and the action started off at a ferocious pace.
The match though did in fact go beyond 3,000 hands and actually ended after 4,200 had been played. This was due to the match lasting an incredible 18.5 hours, mainly because these two players are two of the best heads up poker players you are ever likely to see.
There is a common thought that because the players that are right at the top of the game, the edge between them is so small that in many cases the only way they can be separated is by luck. That analysis is certainly harder to argue against after this mammoth encounter in which the players swapped chips back and forth for such a long time.
Haxton was the player who started out the strongest, racking up a profit of $80k before Sulsky started to swing things back in his favour. He managed to push out to a lead of $100k, though Haxton was certainly not finished and yet again reversed the fortunes by not only breaking even but himself pushing out into a $100k lead.
The real turning point of the match came once those blinds doubled in size, this upped the pot sizes and Haxton found himself on the wrong end of two big pots. Haxton attempted a bluff but was called by “Sauce123” who had an open ended straight draw, he only hit a queen for top pair but it was still enough to win the pot of $90.1k.
The next big pot was when he committed a lot of his chips after hitting two pair on the flop; Sulsky called and hit a broadway straight on the turn to take home the pot of $92.7k.
That was the beginning of the end for Haxton, though the match still dragged on for another 5 hours before he managed to kill off his opponent. This match really could have swung either way, yet it seemed that whichever player managed to get lucky once those blinds doubled would go on to be the winner, which in this case was Ben ‘Sauce123” Sulsky.