Alex Foxen is the winner of Event #6: $25,000 NL Hold’em at the 2023 PokerGO Cup. After a heads-up deal with Orpen Kisacikoglu due to duration of the tournament, Foxen earned $317,040 in prize money. He also picked up 190 leaderboard points and now sits second behind Anthony Hu on the PokerGO Cup leaderboard.
|1st||Alex Foxen||United States||$317,040|
|3rd||Aram Oganyan||United States||$175,000|
|4th||Cary Katz||United States||$125,000|
|5th||Sean Perry||United States||$100,000|
|6th||Sam Soverel||United States||$75,000|
|7th||Nick Schulman||United States||$62,500|
At Wednesday’s final table, Sam Soverel busted first. He went out when he ran ace-nine into the pocket queens of Cary Katz. Following Soverel’s exit, Sean Perry busted in fifth place. Like Soverel, Perry ran one hand into a bigger one, with his pocket tens running into Aram Oganyan’s pocket jacks.
Katz’s luck ran out in fourth place, with his pocket fives going down to Oganyan’s ace-jack. Then it was Oganyan busting in third place after a lengthy three-handed battle with Alex Foxen and Orpen Kisacikoglu, but not before he was involved in one of the most memorable hands from the 2023 PokerGO Cup.
With the blinds at 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante, Foxen raised to 160,000 on the button with ace-king. Oganyan called from the big blind with eight-seven of hearts, and the dealer fanned the nine-seven-two flop. Oganyan and Foxen both checked. The turn was a ten, and Oganyan checked. Foxen checked again. The river was a jack to give Oganyan a jack-high straight, but it also brought in a backdoor flush draw. With 440,000 in the pot, Oganyan led with a bet of exactly that, 440,000. Foxen took some time before he put in a raise to 1,300,000. After he raised, Foxen had just 400,000 behind. With the ace of spades in his hand, Foxen had a blocker to Oganyan holding the nut flush. After a bit of thought of his own, Oganyan folded his straight.
On his final hand, Oganyan lost with ace-seven to Kisacikoglu’s ace-eight.
Heads-up play saw Kisacikoglu began with more than a 3-to-1 chip lead over Foxen. The two battled for a bit with the chip lead swinging back and forth. Eventually, the two realized registration was nearing a close in Event #7: $25,000 NL Hold’em - an event they both wanted to play for the PokerGO Cup leaderboard race. They discussed an ICM chop that resulted in Kisacikoglu taking $345,460 and Foxen taking $317,040. The two then flipped in a series of all-in pots to determine a winner.
In the end, it was Foxen’s queen-jack beating Kisacikoglu’s jack-six to win the tournament.
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