Major Online Poker Signings could boost High Stakes Games

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The Rationale Group, which owns both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, is hoping to boost high stakes action at these sites with some major signings. In all, they signed three high-profile players, and you can read about these deals below.

PokerStars inks Deal with Isaac Haxton

Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton has experienced success at pretty much every level of poker. He's earned almost $4.1 million in live tournaments - including a 2009 WSOP 40th Anniversary runner-up finish ($1.7m) - and collected millions in online cash games at the now-defunct UB Poker.

After signing his deal, the highly-respected grinder said, "I'm excited for the new opportunities this partnership brings. I'm not just playing for myself now - I'm representing a team and a brand. That brings new opportunities and new responsibilities."

Full Tilt signs Dwan and Blom

Perhaps even more exciting than the Haxton deal is that Full Tilt Poker came to terms with both Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Tom Dwan. What's interesting about these deals is that they come just weeks before Full Tilt is set to re-launch after well over a year of being offline.

Blom is an exciting addition to the FTP pro team because he captivated the high stakes poker world from 2009-2011 under the mysterious name "Isildur1." The Swede's rollercoaster highs and lows intrigued fellow players along with his fearlessness in challenging the world's best grinders on a daily basis. At the beginning of 2011, his true identity was finally revealed, which was a major event in the online poker world.

Dwan is another fascinating story since he started out in poker with virtually nothing and rose to become one of the game's top players. Before Full Tilt went offline in 2011, Dwan was able to make over $2.4 million in cash game profits. He spoke about resigning with his favorite site by saying, "I'm very excited that Full Tilt Poker is relaunching. I think it is great for poker and I'm excited to be a part of it."

With top-level talent representing them, both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are sure to draw renewed interest from online high stakes players.