Alex Foxen Wins Venetian High Roller Event #3: $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em After Heads-up Chop With Michael Wang
Following the elimination of Steven Grady, Alex Foxen and Michael Wang agreed to an ICM chop rather than play out the rest of the tournament. Foxen walks away with the first-place prize of $153,615, while Wang walks away with $134,985 for his efforts.
Foxen held 1,645,000 of the 2,600,000 chips in play when heads-up play began, but not a single hand was dealt heads-up as the players agreed to the chop almost immediately after the elimination of Grady.
Grady, a restaurant owner and collegiate baseball umpire from North Carolina, walked away with the third-place prize of $62,400 after running his pocket tens into the ace-queen of Foxen. Foxen flopped a pair of aces, and Grady walked out the door with over double his career tournament earnings of $24,133.
High Stakes regular Erik Seidel cashed for the second time in three days to kick off the New Year when he navigated the 26-entrant field to a fourth-place finish for $39,000. Seidel lost the majority of his stack to Foxen’s turned flush and headed out the door a short moment later when the king-four of Grady bested his ace-four.
Fresh off his second-place finish in Event #2, Chris Brewer finished on the outside looking in during Event #3 when he was eliminated on the money bubble when his pocket tens ran into the pocket kings of Wang. It has been feast or famine for Brewer so far in 2022 as the California pro has bubbled two of the first three events of the PokerGo Tour to go along with his second-place finish. Others finishing just off the money included Andrew Lichtenberger, Justin Saliba, and Sam Soverel.
This tournament is part of the PokerGO Tour with players earning points based on the amount they cash for. The full PokerGO Tour schedule can be found here, and the current PokerGO Tour leaderboard is available here.
|Venitian High Roller Event #3 Results|
|Place||Player||Country||Prize||PokerGO Tour Points|
|1st||Alex Foxen||United States||$153,615||154|
|2nd||Michael Wang||United States||$134,985||135|
|3rd||Steven Grady||United States||$62,400||62|
|4th||Erik Seidel||United States||$39,000||39|
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas will host Event #4: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em on Saturday, January 8, with cards in the air at 2 p.m. PT and the PokerGO News Live Reporting Team on-site providing exclusive live updates throughout the event.
Michael Wang opened to 60,000, and Steven Grady moved all-in next to act in the small blind for 600,000 total. Alex Foxen moved all-in over the top, and Wang folded.
The board ran out , and Foxen found an ace in the window and Grady could not find one of the final two tens in the deck and headed out the door in third place for $62,400.
Alex Foxen opened to 50,000, and Steven Grady called in the big blind.
The flop fell , and Grady checked. Foxen bet 40,000, and Grady called.
The dealer burned and turned the and action checked through.
The river completed the board, and Grady bet 100,000. Foxen mucked, and Grady gained some ground on the chip leader.
15,000 / 25,000
Big Blind Ante
Action folded to Steven Grady in the small blind, and he raised to 260,000. Erik Seidel was in the big blind and called all-in for 250,000 total.
The board ran out , and Grady turned a pair of kings to eliminate Seidel in fourth place for $39,000.
Michael Wang opened to 45,000 from under the gun, Steven Grady folded the button, Erik Seidel called in the small blind, and Alex Foxen called from the big blind.
The flop fell , and action checked through.
The turn hit the felt, and action checked through once more.
The river completed the board, and Seidel bet 35,000. Foxen used all of his shot clock and announced a raise to 250,000. Wang folded, and Seidel called.
Foxen tabled for the turned flush, and Seidel mucked.
Action folded to Michael Wang in the small blind, and he raised to 55,000. Steven Grady was in the big blind and called.
The flop fell , and Wang bet 40,000. Grady called.
The turn and the river completed the board and action checked through on both streets.
Grady tabled for a pair of deuces, and Wang mucked.
10,000 / 20,000
Big Blind Ante
Alex Foxen opened to 30,000 from under the gun, and action folded to Erik Seidel in the big blind, he called.
The flop fell , and Seidel checked. Foxen bet 25,000, and Seidel called.
The turn hit the felt, and Seidel checked. Foxen used all of his shot clock and bet 135,000. Seidel went into the tank and used his entire shot clock before tossing his cards into the muck.
Action folded to Michael Wang in the small blind, and he limped. Steven Grady was in the big blind and checked.
The flop fell , and Wang bet 25,000. Grady called.
The turn hit the felt, and Wang checked. Grady bet 35,000, and Wang check-raised all-in for 175,000 effective. Grady called all-in.
The river completed the board, and Grady’s trip ducks held to double.
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