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Hand Analysis: Isaac Haxton on Calling River Bluff with Ace-High

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  • Isaac Haxton breaks down his thought process from an EPT12 Malta €25K High Roller hand against David Yan.

  • When is ace-high enough to call a river bet? Hear Isaac Haxton explain as he analyzes a hand from EPT12 Malta.

The European Poker Tour Malta festival is now well underway, the second stop of Season 12 of the EPT. Among events that have played out already on the huge 76-tournament schedule are the €25,750 High Roller won by Mike McDonald and the €10,200 Single-Day High Roller in which Steve O’Dwyer took away the silver spade.

Isaac Haxton made the final table of that latter Single-Day High Roller event, finishing fourth for a €118,930 payday. That score carried the Team PokerStars Pro Online member’s lifetime tournament earnings right to the verge of the $10 million mark for his career.

Haxton also took part in the €25K High Roller, and it was during that event he took time out to speak with our own Sarah Herring in order to break down an interesting hand he played against David Yan.

Hand Analysis: Isaac Haxton on Calling River Bluff with Ace-High 101
David Yan (left), Isaac Haxton (right), and a photo-bombing Chad Holloway (back)

The hand occurred during Day 1 of the event. The blinds were 1,200/2,400 with a 300 ante, and action began with Haxton raising to 5,600 from the hijack and getting two callers in Yan (cutoff) and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (big blind).

The flop came {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, and when checked to Haxton continued for 6,500 with only Yan sticking around. Both players then checked the {6-Clubs} turn.

With the pot up around 33,000, the river brought the {4-Hearts} and a check from Haxton. Yan fired a bet of 18,000, and after thinking it through Haxton decided to call with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. He had chosen correctly, as Yan showed {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}.

Watch and listen as Haxton talks through his flop decision to c-bet, his check on the turn, and how upon checking and seeing Yan bet the river he was able to arrive at that conclusion to call Yan down with ace-high.

EPT12 Malta continues with the €5,300 Main Event having today reached the money as players push toward Saturday’s final table. PokerNews’ Live Reporting team remains on hand with live updates, videos, and more from the Portomaso Casino, so stick close to find out who becomes the next EPT Main Event champion.

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