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Haxton chipleader at WSOP's $40k final table
But neither Andy Black and Brian Townsend succumbed and the potential prize money increased, Haxton built his stack with a bit of small-ball poker.
"I feel fantastic [about making the final table]," Haxton told PokerListings. "It's great.
"I'm not going to say that it makes me think I'm a much better player than I thought I was a couple of days ago or that it's anything more than me making the final table in a World Series event, but it definitely feels great."
Echoing fellow finalist Justin Bonomo, Haxton told PL.com he thought the level of play in the tournament was somewhat uneven.
"These really big buy-in tournaments have a polarizing effect on the fields," he said. "The high buy-in prices out a lot of the winning - but not high-stakes - online players but there are plenty of rich amateurs who are as willing to play a $40k event as a $10k one.
"There's a high percentage of good players but an assortment of amateurs as well."
With nearly 6 million in chips heading into the final table, Haxton holds a nearly 1.5 million advantage over second-place Vitaly Lunkin and is in great shape to prove Joe Sebok a prophet.
The Poker Road president predicted Haxton would take down a bracelet this year in an article for PokerListings last week.
If the Lizard King can keep his composure in tomorrow's pit of vipers, the bracelet is his for the taking.
Get full coverage of the final table in PokerListings.com's WSOP section.