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Alex Foxen Wins First Event of the PokerGO Cup
The inaugural PokerGO Cup is underway, and it has crowned the first of a planned eight champions. Alex Foxen is that champion; the talented American wrote his name into poker’s history book on Wednesday evening.
Event #1 of the 2021 PokerGO Cup was a $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event that attracted 66 entrants. Some of poker’s biggest names were among those 66 entrants. Daniel Negreanu was one such player. Negreanu earned himself the unwanted title of bubble boy when he busted in 11th place.
Vanessa Kade raised to 60,000 from the button with ace-jack. Negreanu three-bet all-in for 160,000 from the small blind with ace-queen, and Kade called. Negreanu looked set for a much-needed double until a jack landed on the river. The six-time WSOP champion headed for the exits while the surviving ten players locked up some cash.
David Peters followed Negreanu to the rail shortly after the Canadian crashed out. Peters’ pocket tens proved no match for the kings in the hand of Sean Perry. Tenth place weighed in at $19,800, the first-ever cash in the PokerGO Cup.
Florida’s Sam Soverel bowed out in ninth after running his ace-seven into the aces of Kristina Holst.
The penultimate exit of the evening was that of Steve Zolotow, whose ace-queen failed to connect with the board when racing Foxen’s pocket tens.
Day 1 ended when Kade open-shoved with suited ace-eight, and Perry called with pocket sevens. Kade picked up a flush draw on the turn but still crashed out in seventh.
Foxen Leads PokerGO Cup Event #1 Final Table
Foxen held the chip lead going into the first final table in the newly formed PokerGO Cup; he rarely loses from such a dominant position.
Holst was the final table’s first casualty. A short-stacked Perry jammed for 475,000 chips at the 25,000/50,000/50,000a level. Holst called off her 455,000 chips, and everyone else folded. Perry showed pocket fours, which improved to a set to crack Holst’s jacks.
Jordan Cristos’ PokerGO Cup ended in a fifth-place finish worth $52,800. Cristos called all-in with king-queen after David Coleman attacked the blinds and put them to the test for their stacks. Coleman flipped over the dominating ace-king, which held to reduce the player count by one.
Coleman did not put Cristos’ chips to good use because he was the next player out of the door. A clash with Foxen cost Coleman most of his chips, and he never recovered.
Spain’s Sergi Reixach ran out of steam in third, a finish worth $85,800. The Spaniard’s queen-seven failed to improve against the dominating king-queen of Foxen.
Perry was down to two big blinds at one stage of the heads-up battle yet managed to claim the chip lead for himself. Foxen fought back, reclaimed the lead, and got the job done. All the chips went in on the turn of a queen-high board, Foxen holdings pocket nines and Perry having paired the eight of his ten-eight. A king on the river sealed the deal for Foxen.
$178,200 made its way to Foxen’s bank account, plus 178 PokerGO Tour points. Perry received $132,000 for his efforts.
Event #1: $10,000 No-LImit Hold’em Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Prize||PokerGO Tour Points|
Seven more events are scheduled between now and July 14. two more $10,000 buy-in events, one with a $15,000 buy-in, and two $25,000. The final two tournaments cost $50,000 and $100,000 to enter.
|#1 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 6-7|
|#2 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 7-8|
|#3 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 8-9|
|#4 $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 9-10|
|#5 $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 10-11|
|#6 $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 11-12|
|#7 $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 12-13|
|#8 $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em||July 13-14|