Following the announcement, Haxton tweeted:
Really pumped to be joining this team. Party are doing great things. https://t.co/Wfd54FBhca
— Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker) January 22, 2018
Home is where the tournament is
Haxton has been on a tear lately, earning over $1 million in the last three months between the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada and at the PokerStars Carribean Adventure in the Bahamas.
Haxton has been playing live tournament poker for 10 years and in that time has earned over $15 million. Considering he’s been playing online poker for a lot longer, his overall career earnings are most certainly staggering.
According to The Hendon Mob, Haxton is calling Las Vegas home these days, but it’s fair to say home for him is where ever the latest tournament series that includes high-roller action is. Besides his impressive results in Nevada and the Bahamas, in the last six months he’s also posted six-digit scores in Macau and Barcelona.
Haxton and his principles
It was two years ago that Haxton left PokerStars on less-than-friendly terms. And he has frequently taken his former employer to task for some of its decisions that appeared to favor the company over its players. Since then, he has repeatedly voiced his opinions when it comes to holding sites accountable for what they promise and has had no problem calling them out for what he thinks is unfair and unreasonable changes to policy.
Having a vocal player advocate on Team partypoker can be seen as sending a message to online players that partypoker values its players and wants your business.
In a press release from partypoker, Haxton talked about why he decided to become an ambassador.
“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.”
To some, Haxton’s decision to again align himself with an online poker site might seem confusing.
The announcement is still relatively new, so it’s a bit early to say what the reaction within the poker community will be. The guess is it will be well received — especially if he sticks to his principles and holds partypoker accountable for its relationship with customers.
That seems to be the expectation and hope from the company. “We are delighted that Isaac is joining us at partypoker,” said partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters. “Isaac’s profile and experience make 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.”[i15-table tableid=20717][i15-table tableid=19346]
A fresh new feel for partypoker
Since Mike Sexton assumed the role of chairman of partypoker, the poker room has undergone somewhat of a facelift — and the poker community is taking notice.
Part of the new look includes a stable of player ambassadors that represents old-school and new-school, high-stakes and regular-people stakes, and both outspoken and diplomatic players. Haxton fills several of those categories, making him an ideal addition to the team.
Back in 2014, Haxton told PokerListings, “Poker gives me the sort of fulfillment I’m looking for.” It’s good to see that the sentiment expressed back then still applies today.