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WSOP 2022: American Pro Alex Foxen Enters Elusive Bracelet Club After Winning Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller For $4,563,700

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  • RUPAM THAKUR June 26, 2022
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It was a red-letter Saturday for the two-time GPI Player of the Year, Alex Foxen (cover image), who proclaimed his entry into the elusive WSOP bracelet winners club. Foxen struck gold in the most expensive event of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller NLHE, banking a career-best $4,563,700 and his maiden WSOP gold bracelet.

The 31-year-old began the final day as the chip leader. He maintained the lead throughout the day, eventually beating fellow countryman & car dealership owner Brandon Steven (2nd for $2,820,581) heads-up for the win.

The American high-stakes pro Alex Foxen is a decorated player, and this massive win has boosted his lifetime tally to $26,502,130, catapulting him to #22 on poker’s All-Time Money List. However, this was not his first WSOP hardware, as he had won a WSOP Circuit Ring at Harrah’s New Orleans in 2012 for $22,421.

The Super High Roller win marked his 67th WSOP score and boosted his overall WSOP tally to $5,789,988.

Foxen sounded relieved to finally bag his first bracelet, as he confessed in the post-match interview, “It really means a lot to me. It’s kind of been a monkey on the back. I’ve always wanted a bracelet. I’ve had some close spots and always been disappointed … this feels like a really special one to get my first in,” and added, “To me, what means the most is a consistent performance at the highest stakes. This is one of those, so it feels really good.”

As for chasing more bracelets, Foxen let out, “I don’t have a specific number in my head that I’m going after. The first step is to try and catch Krissy.”

Foxen married the three-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell earlier this year and credited her as a significant factor in his success. “I’m extremely lucky I have an incredible wife and incredible support. It’s something that can’t be overstated honestly, the amount it helps to have someone at home that to the utmost extent understands what I’m going through on a day-to-day basis and is there to talk hands all the time, and just to help me through the difficult times too, because. I’m definitely not immune to tilt and emotion. Having someone like Krissy, I can’t express how lucky I am.”

The most expensive tournament in 53rd WSOP recorded a star-studded 56-entry field, creating a gigantic prize pool of $13,944,000.

The two-time bracelet winner Nick Petrangelo was eliminated as the unfortunate money bubble in tenth place, assuring the remaining nine players a min-cash of $414,815.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Alex Foxen – 28,300,000
  2. Brandon Steven – 11,375,000
  3. Chris Hunichen – 8,400,000
  4. Adrian Mateos – 8,300,000
  5. Phil Ivey – 7,550,000
  6. Dan Zack – 6,025,000
  7. Henrik Hecklen – 5,700,000
  8. Martin Kabrhel – 4,275,000
  9. Sam Soverel – 4,175,000

 

Final Table Recap

After over an hour of play, Henrik Hecklen was the first player eliminated on the final table in ninth place. His failed to improve against Martin Kabrhel’ .

Soon after Hecklen’s elimination, the remaining eight players bagged for the night. Alex Foxen (24,150,000) held the overnight chip lead coming into Day 3.

You can watch the first 1 hour and 15 minutes of the final table action below. The full FT replay is available by subscription on the PokerGO app.

 

Final Day Recap

After 55 minutes of play on Day 3, the three-time bracelet winner & current WSOP Player of the Year (POY) leaderboard topper Dan Zack was knocked out in eighth place. Zack moved all-in with and Alex Foxen called off with . The rundown gave Zack a flopped pair of queens, but that wasn’t enough to beat Foxen`s rivered flush.

Soon after Zack, the ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey crashed out in seventh place after his were dominated by Brandon Steven’s .

Thirty-eight minutes later, the two-time bracelet winner Martin Kabrhel was sent to the rail in sixth place. His were crushed by Brandon Steven’s .

Up next was the former bracelet winner Sam Soverel in fifth place after his lost to Brandon Steven’s on the runout .

After that, the defending champion Adrian Mateos crashed out in fourth place. His did not improve against Chris Hunichen’s , ending his chase for a career-fifth bracelet.

With not long gone, Chris Hunichen was sent packing in third place in a battle between blinds. Alex Foxen went all-in from the small blind with , and Hunichen called off for his tournament life with from the big blind. The board gave Foxen two pair, busting Hunichen.

The heads-up between Alex Foxen (76,050,000) and Brandon Steven (9,150,000) had the former starting with a commanding 9:1 chip advantage over the car dealership owner, and he took down the title after a short match.

On the final hand of the event, all the chips went in on the flop . Foxen had for the top pair and Steven tabled for the bottom two pair. The turn was a safe car for Steven, but the on the river gave Foxen a better two pair for the victory!

Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Alex Foxen – $4,563,700
  2. Brandon Steven – $2,820,581
  3. Chris Hunichen – $1,931,718
  4. Adrian Mateos – $1,367,206
  5. Sam Soverel – $1,001,142
  6. Martin Kabrhel – $759,362
  7. Phil Ivey – $597,381
  8. Dan Zack – $488,095
  9. Henrik Hecklen – $414,815

 

Content & Cover Image Courtesy: WSOP, PokerNews & PokerGO

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