Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em | World Series of Poker 2022

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #50: $250,000 Super High Rollerthe biggest buy-in of the summer, started with 56 entrants, and on Saturday the final eight returned to play for a winner and their share of a $13,944,000 prize pool. Alex Foxen started as the chip leader, and it took him only five hours to go wire-to-wire on his way to his first gold bracelet, and the top prize of $4,563,700, a new career high.

“He really means a lot to me. He’s kind of a monkey on his back. I’ve always wanted a bracelet. I’ve had tight moments and always been disappointed…it’s really special to have my top spot,” said Foxen, who was just one of three players at the final table without a bracelet. “For me, what matters most is a consistent performance at the highest stakes. It’s one of them, so it feels really good.

Prior to the win, Foxen had just under $22 million in lifetime earnings, including a career-best $2,160,000 for finishing second in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.

This wasn’t the first WSOP material for Foxen, a former Boston College football player. That’s because in 2012 he shipped a WSOP Tour ring to Harrah’s New Orleans, albeit for a much more modest price of $22,421.

Speaking of rings, Foxen married his wife, a three-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknellearlier this year and was quick to see her as a major factor in his success.

“I’m extremely lucky to have an amazing wife and incredible support. It’s something that honestly can’t be overstated, how much it helps to have someone home who fully understands what I’m going through day to day. day and who’s there to talk all the time, and just to get me through the tough times too, because I’m definitely not immune to inclination and emotion. one like Krissy, I can’t express how lucky I am.”

2022 WSOP $250,000 Super High Rollers Final Table Results

Square Player Country Price
1 Alex Foxen UNITED STATES $4,563,700
2 brandon steven UNITED STATES $2,820,581
3 Chris Hunichen UNITED STATES $1,931,718
4 Adrian Mateos Spain $1,367,206
5 Sam Soverel UNITED STATES $1,001,142
6 Martin Kabrhel Czech Republic $759,362
seven Phil Ivey UNITED STATES $597,381
8 Dan Zack UNITED STATES $488,095
9 Henrik Hecklen Denmark $414,815

Final table

After Henrik Hecklen retired in ninth place on Friday night, the remaining eight players returned on Saturday to face off on the PokerGO live stream. Current 2022 WSOP Player of the Year points leader Dan Zack was the first to go after getting it with ace-queen against Foxen’s pair of tens. Zack flopped a queen but the running cards gave Foxen a backdoor winning straight.

Fan Favorite Phil Ivey was next to go after pushing his short stack from middle position with the queen-jack to run into the ace-queen of brandon steven a place above. The best hand held and Ivey had to settle for seventh place and $597,381 in prize money.

Phil Ivey had to settle for seventh place.

Martin Kabrhel was then left short after losing a flip with ace-queen against the pair of eights of Sam Soverel. The two-time bracelet winner doubled but then went short all-in pre-flop with a suitable king-two only to run into Steven’s pocket jacks. The hooks held and Kabrhel was out in sixth place.

Coming back from a break, Soverel hobbled the small blind and called off when Steven pushed in the big blind with an ace-seven. Soverel had two black kings in the hole but was unlucky when an ace appeared on the flop to finish his tournament in fifth place for $1,001,142, the second seven-figure tally of his career.

reigning champion Adrian Mateos was next to go when his king-ten failed to make it against the ace-six of Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen. The elimination of Mateos also ensured that there would be a first bracelet winner in the tournament.

Shortly after, Foxen used his big chip lead to pressure his move from the small blind to Hunichen, who was in the big one. “Okay, let’s go,” Hunichen said before calling with an ace-seven only to see it crumble when Foxen’s queen-three paired the flop and turned into two pair.

This gave Foxen a 9-to-1 head-to-head lead against Steven, and it didn’t take long for things to go downhill when the former flopped top pair and the latter both. lower pairs. Steven received it well but Foxen was undeniable as he hit two bigger pair on the river to seal the deal.

“I never lost the chip lead, I started stacking right away. I found a few good spots, made a few good hands, won a big flip, and yeah, it was about as smooth as possible,” Foxen said after the win. “I haven’t even looked at the schedule, I try not to watch what’s next until I’m out of the tournament I’m in, but I think I’ll probably wait until tomorrow to get into anything. Probably just going to have a celebratory dinner and be ready to go tomorrow.

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Alex Foxen
Alex and Kristen Foxen.

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