In a limped battle of the blinds, Isaac Haxton checked the flop. Fedor Holz bet 100,000 and Haxton came along. The turn paired the board and another check by Haxton followed. Holz now bet 450,000 and won the pot near instantly.
Both then raised their respective buttons, Haxton for 230,000 and Holz for 225,000, to collect the big blind and big blind ante.
One key hand reduced the stack of Aleksejs Ponakovs to a single chip and he was unable to bounce back with a miracle comeback to see his run come to an end in third place.
First, it was Isaac Haxton who got a three-bet through versus Fedor Holz.
Ponakovs then raised the button and Haxton called in the big blind. On a flop, Haxton check-called for 80,000 and did so again for 300,000 on the turn. After the river, Haxton checked the third street in a row with just shy of 1.7 million chips behind.
Ponakovs bet 865,000 and left a single T-5,000 chip behind. That sent Haxton into the tank and he used one time bank before making the call.
Ponakovs tabled the for a bluff and Haxton won the pot with the for the second pair.
"Good game," Holz exclaimed and Ponakovs joked "I am still in".
"I didn't believe you ... I don't know," Haxton now said in table chat. Holz concluded the proceedings with the "sometimes you gotta go with your gut."
Ponakovs was forced all-in the next hand to survive before he was forced all-in for 10,000 out of the small blind next.
Haxton raised to 180,000 on the button and Holz defended the big blind. The flop came and Holz check-folded to a bet worth 400,000.
"I had a good hand, too" Holz chimed in and the trio saw the board complete with the turn and river. Ponakovs became the third place finisher for $698,800.
Two big stacks and three short stacks at the table made for easy dynamics and once it folded to Nick Petrangelo on the button, he pushed all in for 450,000 in the small blind. Isaac Haxton in the big blind called and the cards were flipped over.
Along with his two live cards, Petrangelo also found a gutshot on the flop. The turn gave Haxton a gutshot, too, Neither player connected with the river and king-high was good enough to eliminate Petrangelo in 5th place for $405,800.