Alex Foxen landed himself back in the PokerGO Studio winner’s circle on Wednesday when he won Event #7: $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open. The victory earned Foxen a $283,500 payday and vaulted him into second place on the series leaderboard.
“I feel good,” Foxen said. “It’s actually been a bit of a rough stretch in the PokerGO Studio. I feel like I’ve had a lot of good opportunities and haven’t followed through on any of them, so it feels really good to get one closed out and have a good shot at the U.S. Poker Open championship.”
Foxen’s finish in Event #7 was his third cash of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open series. He previously finished sixth in Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $46,200 and 11th in Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $26,400. All three finishes have Foxen at 356 points and in second place on the series leaderboard, where Foxen is behind only Tamon Nakamura.
In 2022 U.S. Poker Open Event #7, Foxen topped a field of 70 entries to get the win.
2022 U.S. Poker Open Event #7 Results
|1||Alex Foxen||United States||$283,500|
|2||Chino Rheem||United States||$210,000|
|3||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$136,500|
|5||Joseph Cheong||United States||$84,000|
|6||Dan Smith||United States||$63,000|
Event #7: $15,000NL Hold’em attracted a field of 70 entries and created a prize pool of $1,050,000. The top spots finished in the money. Vikenty Shegal placed seventh, Adam Hendrix took eighth, Bill Klein was ninth, and Joe McKeehen took 10th. All players to cash earned both U.S. Poker Open and PGT leaderboard points.
Foxen’s Road To Victory in Event #7
Foxen ended Day 1 of Event #7: $15,000 NL Hold’em in third place with six players remaining. Dan Smith was fourth in chips right behind Foxen, and he ended up being the first elimination on Wednesday.
Smith opened with a raise holding pocket kings. He was in the cutoff seat in the 20,000-40,000 level with a 40,000 big blind ante and made it 90,000 to go. Stephen Chidwick was in the small blind and reraised all in for 1,295,000. Smith called off his stack of 1,020,000 and saw that Chidwick had jammed with queen-ten of hearts. Chidwick flopped a ten and rivered a queen to bust Smith.
Joseph Cheong was next to bust, losing with ace-nine to Foxen’s ace-queen. Then it was Thomas Boivin’s turn to exit when his king-seven of hearts lost to Foxen’s pocket jacks.
During three-handed play, Foxen picked up pocket aces when Chidwick looked down at pocket tens. The money went in and Foxen’s pocket rockets held up to leave Chidwick very short. Chidwick tried to battle back but ultimately got bounced from the tournament in third place.
Foxen started heads-up play with the chip lead over Chino Rheem. Foxen had 5,765,000 and Rheem had 2,980,000.
On the final hand, Rheem limped the button at 40,000-80,000 blinds with ten-seven of spades. Foxen raised from the big blind to 350,000 with pocket eights. Rheem called. The flop was eight-five-four to give Foxen top set. He bet 200,000 and Rheem called. The turn was the two of spades, giving Rheem additional outs to a flush. Foxen checked and Rheem fired 500,000. Foxen check-raised to 1,100,000 and Rheem called. The river was a ten, giving Rheem top pair. Foxen checked on Rheem’s stack, which remained at 1,780,000, and then moved all in. Rheem made the call and saw the bad news. With that, Foxen was crowned the winner for $283,500.
2022 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard Top 10
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||356|
|3||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||333|
|4||Shannon Shorr||United States||302|
|5||Adam Hendrix||United States||276|
|6||Ren Lin||United States||235|
|7||Chino Rheem||United States||210|
|8||Justin Young||United States||200|
|10||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||190|