Victory tastes sweet for Alex Foxen as he wins his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and more than $4.5 million in prize money. Foxen outlasted the 56-entrant field in Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller and added one of the most prestigious high roller poker tournament victories to his impressive resume.
Foxen collected $4,563,700 in prize money which takes his lifetime career earnings to more than $26.5 million - which puts him 22nd on the All-Time Money List behind Christoph Vogelsang and ahead of John Juanda. More importantly, Foxen now has a coveted WSOP bracelet that he can add to his trophy case as he looks to eventually square the ledger with his wife Kristen who has three bracelets.
"As many as I can get," Foxen said about chasing WSOP bracelets. "I don't have a specific number in my head that I'm going after. The first step is to try and catch Krissy."
The biggest buy-in tournament of the 2022 WSOP would see 56 entrants create a prize pool that fell just short of $14 million. The final eight players returned to Bally's / Paris on the Las Vegas Strip to conclude Event #50 on the WSOP Main Stage. The chatty Martin Kabrhel kept the early part of the final table lively before current WSOP Player of the Year standings leader Dan Zack departed in eighth place when his ace-queen outflopped, but was then rivered by the pocket tens of Foxen.
Phil Ivey's quest for his 11th WSOP bracelet would end in seventh when his queen-jack went against Brandon Steven's ace-queen. With Foxen surging ahead, it would be Kabrhel that was eliminated in sixth when his king-deuce remained behind the pocket tens of Steven. Sam Soverel called all-in from the small blind with pocket kings to be against the ace-seven of Steven, and when an ace landed on the flop and no help came, Soverel exited in fifth.
Adrian Mateos was the defending champion and battled his short stack through to the final four before his king-ten was all-in against the ace-six of Chris Hunichen. The ace on the turn was enough to end Mateos' title defense as three Americans were left to battle for the Super High Roller bracelet. Foxen immediately turned up the pressure and extended his lead before Hunichen called all-in from the big blind with ace-seven to be in great shape against Foxen's queen-three. Both players flopped a pair, but it would be Foxen taking the lead on the turn. Hunichen was unable to improve on the river, and he exited in third place for his biggest career score of $1,931,718.
Foxen held more than an eight-to-one lead over Steven, and heads-up play didn't last too long before a limped pot saw Steven flop bottom two pair, and Foxen top pair. The last of Steven's chips went into the middle, and when Foxen improved to two pair on the river, Steven was eliminated in second place. "It definitely means a lot to me," Foxen said. "Its kind of been a bit of a monkey on the back. I've always wanted a bracelet and had some close spots. I was always disappointed to not get one and this feels like a really special one to get my first in."
Foxen now adds to his poker legacy that includes a WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and numerous high roller tournament victories. Foxen also leaps over fellow high roller regulars Brian Rast, Nick Petrangelo, Sam Greenwood, and Scott Seiver to settle in 22nd place on the All-Time Money List.
"I feel like the All-Time Money List can be a little misleading," Foxen said. "It's not as important to me because it's a lot of who wins the biggest field and the biggest buy-ins. But it's still a metric that has some value and it's cool to move up on that list. What means the most is just consistent performance at the highest stakes, and this is one of those. So it feels really good."
The high roller player pool is always looking to improve and gain edges where they can. One of Foxen's advantages is that he has an incredibly supportive wife that also plays high-stakes poker tournaments. "I think I'm extremely lucky. I have an incredible wife and incredible support," Foxen said.
"I think it's something that can't be overstated. The amount that it helps to have someone at home that to the utmost extent understands exactly what I'm going through on a day-to-day basis." The Foxens now have a combined $32 million in lifetime tournament earnings, four WSOP bracelets, and multiple GPI Awards. Above all of the awards, accomplishments, and prize money they have won in their poker careers, they have each other as they continue to strive for greatness as professional poker players, and husband and wife.
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