Alex Foxen has been in great form of late. He has five simultaneous top ten Card Player Player of the Year (POY) finishes, including an eighth-place finish in 2020. Still, the poker pro has an amazing start this year as he has won two big payouts in PokerGO Cup so far.
Foxen was the second player in the eight-tournament series’ kickoff event and later won a title in Event No.6: $26,000 Buy-In High Roller. The tournament attracted 50 entrants, and Foxen won $317,040.
His victory earned him the first trophy in 2023. Also, it increased his earnings in the ongoing festival to $470,040. He has amassed 870 POY points so far and is among the top ten players in the POY race.
Foxen also garnered 190 PokerGO Tour points in his latest win. So, he is second in the PGT standings and the PokerGO Cup points race. The Hendon Mob shows that the player has over $27.8 million in lifetime poker earnings.
ARIA Resort & Casino hosted the tournament on January 17 and 18. Day 1 ended after six players qualified for Day 2. Nick Schulman (three-time bracelet winner) eliminated Brian Kim (bracelet champion) on the bubble.
Daniel Negreanu (six-time bracelet champion) finished eighth with $50,000. Schulman left the tournament in seventh place with $62,500.
The Final Table’s Payouts and Ranking Points
Alex Foxen-$317,040, 420 POY points, and 0 PGT points
Orpen Kisacikoglu-$345,460, 350 POY points, and 207 PGT points
Aram Oganyan-$175,000, 280 POY points and 105 PGT points
Cary Katz-$125,000, 210 POY points, and 75 PGT points
Sean Perry-$100,000, 175 POY points, and 60 PGT points
Sam Soverel-$75,000, 140 POY points, and 45 PGT points
Action on the Final Day
Orpen Kisacikoglu had the largest stack when action on Day 2 began. Foxen was third while Sam Soverel had the shortest stack.
Soverel’s run ended in sixth place after Cary Katz’s pocket queens beat his A-9. Sean Perry followed Soverel after several minutes when Aram Oganyan’s pocket jacks defeated his pocket tens. None of them improved on the ace-high runout hence resulting in Perry’s exit with $100,000.
It was his first live poker cash since September 2022 as he has concentrated on sports gambling of late. But, it increased his poker tournament earnings to almost $6.8 million.
Katz left the table in fourth place in a classic coin flip after Oganyan’s A-J outran his pocket fives. His career earnings increased to about $35.9 million and he is the 13th player in the all-time money list.
Kisacikoglu drastically lost his chip lead before three-handed action with Oganyan and Foxen began. Still, he pulled away and had a 3:1 chip advantage after his A-8 beat Oganyan’s A-7.
Foxen strived to even and got a 10:1 chip advantage in one instance before Kisacikoglu had several double-ups that increased his winning odds. They agreed to split the prize money according to ICM.
Foxen got $317,040 and Kisacikoglu received $345,460. Foxen’s Q-J defeated Kisacikoglu’s J-6 before they registered for Event No.7. the latter increased his total poker earnings to almost $10.7 million.