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The inaugural 2021 PokerGO Cup, part of the brand-new PokerGO Tour launched in April-end, kicked off at the PokerGO Studio in ARIA Resort and Casino on Tuesday, July 6. The eight-event high-stakes series got done with its opening attraction – Event #1: $10K NLHE earlier today – and the former GPI POY Alex Foxen (cover image) bested the 66-player field to lift the trophy and $178,200 in prize money.
Although Foxen has made 14 ITM finishes already this year – 12 in the PokerGO Tour events – this happens to be his first title victory of the year. He had entered the six-player final table as the chip leader with 68 big blinds, and it took him under four hours to get the job done. He defeated Sean Perry (runner-up for $132,000) in the heads-up showdown.
With the win, Foxen also picked up 178 PokerGO Tour points under PokerGO’s new ranking system.
In his post-match interview, Foxen revealed how he feels he`s been taking it easy in poker recently. “Honestly, I feel like I have taken a bit more time off poker recently than I have in the past, especially the last three or four years, so in my mind I feel like I have slowed down a little bit. Being in Las Vegas, there’s so many good tournaments out here. Everything is right in your backyard so it makes it really easy to play as much as you can. I definitely have intentions of starting a family eventually and know that will take me away from the game a bit, so I’m trying to do everything I can with the time with no restrictions left.”
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was among the several poker superstars in attendance. It was undoubtedly not Negreanu’s day as he was eliminated on the stone-cold money bubble by Vanessa Kade, who held ace-jack and paired her jack on the river to outrun Negreanu’s ace-queen. The six-time bracelet champion and Vegas local who have been actively tweeting his recent live and online exploits posted an update.
Bubbled the $2k on WSOP 77th paid 72.
11th in PokerGO Cup lost AK to AA then AQ to AJ with a Jack on the river.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 7, 2021
The reigning USPO champion David Peters (10th for $19,800), Sam Soverel (9th for $26,400), and Vanessa Kade (7th for $33,000) hit the rail next, setting up the six-handed final table.
The second tourney on the schedule, Event #2 $10K NLHE, registered 61 entries and played down to a final table earlier today after Sam Soverel (7th for $30,500) hit the rail. Ali Imsirovic (2,670,000) bagged the overnight chip lead with Matas Cimbolas (1,690,000) and Dylan Linde (1,620,000), rounding out the top three stacks on the final table. The play resumes at 12 PM (Pacific Time) on July 8.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Results (USD)
Short-stacks Kristina Holst and Jordan Cristos were the first two to hit the rail, in this order.
Alex Foxen then eliminated the other big stack on the table, David Coleman, in fourth place.
With Sergi Reixach’s queen-seven falling to Foxen’s king-queen in third place, it was down to the heads-up finale between Foxen and Sean Perry. Perry had only two big blinds left but staged a quick turnaround and even assumed the chip lead for a while. Foxen, however, had no intentions of letting the title slip away and clinched the title after his pocket nines took down Perry’s ten-eight!
You can watch the first one hour of the final table action below. To watch the complete FT replay, you will need to subscribe to PokerGO.
Final Table Results (USD)
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