WSOP 2022 Day 26: Foxen Wins First Gold Bracelet
Another weekend, another massive tournament. This one is a player favorite, one that players look forward to each year. It is the lowest buy-in of the live bracelet events at just $400, and the fields are usually massive.
This year is no exception. The World Series of Poker has not announced the final numbers, but most records so far show more than 13,500 entries. The lines were long for registration, longer for late registration, and break times created chaos in the hallways. That’s what happens when thousands upon thousands of poker players show up at the same place at the same time.
And it is a part of what makes the WSOP so unique, attractive, and fun. It’s natural to want to be a part of it.
Event 47: $1K Seniors NLHE Championship
Nearly 200 poker players over 50 reconvened at Bally’s to play toward the Seniors Championship final table. By the end of the night, though, there were still 18 with chips to bag. And none other than Kathy Liebert had the biggest stack of them all.
|Event 47: Day 3 of 5||$1K buy-in||Seniors NLHE Championship (1 RE/Flight)|
|Total entries:||7,188||(5916 in 2019, 5404 in 2021)|
|Total prize pool:||$6,397,320|
|Top chip counts:||#1||Kathy Liebert (USA) 21M|
|#2||Ben Sarnoff (USA) 15.5M|
|#3||Eric Smidinger (USA) 15.5M|
|#4||Alexander Hill (USA) 12.5M|
|#5||Andres Korn (Argentina) 10.55M|
Event 49: $2K NLHE
This tournament continued on Saturday with 39 players starting the day and hitting the final table into the evening. When the unofficial final table began, Mike Watson was the chipleader. He solidified that position by immediately ousting Steven Winsell in tenth place.
Evan Sandberg busted Hyunwoo Lim in ninth, and Christopher Frank eliminated Jack Corrigan. Play finally ended with seven players remaining at the final table.
|Event 49: Day 3 of 4||$2K buy-in||NLHE (1 RE)|
|Total prize pool:||$3,519,060|
|Final table counts:||#1||Mike Watson (Canada) 14,775,000|
|#2||Daniel Custodio (Portugal) 14,425,000|
|#3||Ioannis Angelou Konstas (Greece) 9,375,000|
|#4||Christopher Frank (Germany) 6,640,000|
|#5||Walter Ripper (Brazil) 5,300,000|
|#6||Simeon Spasov (Bulgaria) 5,200,000|
|#7||Evan Sandberg (USA) 3,825,000|
|8th place:||Jack Corrigan (USA) $59,343|
|9th place:||Hyunwoo Lim (Korea) $46,253|
Event 50: $250K NLHE Super High Roller
A final table of eight started the day, all in the money and ready to play. Alex Foxen was the chipleader and secured that spot by eliminating Dan Zack in eighth place after the first hour of action. Brandon Steven sent Phil Ivey out in seventh and without his 11th bracelet. Sam Soverel crippled and then busted Martin Kabrhel, though Soverel was the next to go, courtesy of Steven.
Defending champion Adrian Mateos came close to repeating his victory but hit some tough hands and then succumbed to Chris Hunichen for a fourth-place finish. Foxen took from Steven to increase his lead, while Hunichen couldn’t get much going at that point. Foxen eliminated him in third place.
Foxen took 76.05M chips into heads-up against the 9.15M of Steven. Almost immediately, Steven pushed with 5-2 on a Q-5-2 flop, with Foxen holding Q-T. The turn was a king but the river a ten, giving Foxen his first WSOP bracelet.
Foxen told PokerNews that his first bracelet is special. “I’m extremely luck 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… Having someone like Krissy, I can’t express how lucky I am.”
|Event 50: Day 3 of 3||$250K buy-in||NLHE Super High Roller (1 RE)|
|Total entries:||56||(33 in 2021)|
|Total prize pool:||$13,944,000|
|Final table results:||1st place:||Alex Foxen (USA) $4,563,700|
|2nd place:||Brandon Steven (USA) $2,820,581|
|3rd place:||Chris Hunichen (USA) $1,931,718|
|4th place:||Adrian Mateos (Spain) $1,367,206|
|5th place:||Sam Soverel (USA) $1,001,142|
|6th place:||Martin Kabrhel (Czech Republic) $759,362|
|7th place:||Phil Ivey (USA) $597,381|
|8th place:||Dan Zack (USA) $488,095|
|9th place:||Henrik Hecklen (Denmark) $414,815|
Very impressive performance going wire-to-wire at final table!
Alex Foxen (@WAFoxen) scratched his name off the "Best Without a @WSOP Bracelet" list with a victory in the #WSOP2022 $250,000 Super High Roller for a new-career best $4,563,700.https://t.co/mm0SoRQyAK pic.twitter.com/wKVYEOCu5A
— Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) June 26, 2022
Event 51: $400 NLHE Colossus
Tournament staff have yet to release the final number for this event, but Day 1B brought in enough players – it appears – to beat the number of entries in this event in 2019. Survivors of both days will combine on Sunday to play down to the money.
|Event 51: Day 1B of 4||$400 buy-in||NLHE Colossus (1 RE/flight)|
|Total entries:||13,573 (not final)||(13,109 in 2019, 9399 in 2021)|
|Total prize pool:||TBD|
|Top chip counts:||#1||Kao Saechao (USA) 1,514,000|
|#2||Mary Dvorkin (UK) 1,388,000|
|#3||Samuel Laskowitz (USA) 1,297,000|
|#4||Sahar Bakhshi (USA) 1,212,000|
|#5||Charles Peppers (USA) 1,190,000|
Event 52: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed
The second day of this tournament played down to just 25, all of whom will battle for the bracelet on Sunday. Chipleader David Bach will be going for his fourth.
|Event 52: Day 2 of 3||$2,500 buy-in||Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed (1 RE)|
|Total entries:||456||(319 in 2021)|
|Total prize pool:||$1,014,600|
|Top chip counts:||#1||David Bach (USA) 1,591,000|
|#2||Nick Guagenti (USA) 1,584,000|
|#3||Mike Gorodinsky (USA) 1,546,000|
|#4||Sampo Ryynanen (Finland) 1,008,000|
|#5||Warwick Mirzikinian (Australia) 1,000,000|
Event 53: $2,500 Mixed NLHE-PLO
This event played fast, as it was set up as a two-day tournament. It started with nearly 800 entries but played down to just 72 on the first day. It will play to a winner today.
|Event 53: Day 1 of 2||$5K buy-in||Mixed NLHE-PLO (2 RE)|
|Total entries:||788||(579 in 2021)|
|Total prize pool:||$3,634,650|
|Top chip counts:||#1||Joao Simao (Brazil) 1,705,000|
|#2||Frank Lagodich (USA) 1,530,000|
|#3||Daniel Hachem (Australia) 1,090,000|
|#4||Joni Jouhkimainen (Finland) 1,015,000|
|#5||Craig Mason (USA) 875,000|
Today’s Poker Menu
Event 47 brings 18 seniors back to play toward a bracelet..
Event 49 plays the rest of its final table..
Event 51 announces the prize pool and combines initial flight survivors to play into the money.
Event 52 brings back 25 players to fight for a bracelet..
Event 53 plays to and through its final table.
Event 54 starts the Salute to Warriors charity tournament.
Event 55 kicks off the Tag Team event in the early afternoon.
Event 56 starts the five-day Poker Players Championship.
3+ weeks into @WSOP and I have to say, the experience has significantly improved with the move to Paris and Ballys. Also……
-Much less 10 handed
-Better quality cards (don’t dent as easy)
-More staff at cages for quicker in/out
Well done 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼
— Jeremy Ausmus (@jeremyausmus) June 25, 2022