Alex Foxen seemed like he was going to run away with the title within the first-ever PokerGO Cup occasion. He got here into the ultimate day because the chip chief and knocked out the fourth and third-place finishers to take greater than a 35:1 chip lead into heads-up play. But in simply the primary 17 minutes of the ultimate showdown, Sean Perry mounted a livid comeback to beat that big chip drawback and transfer into the lead. Foxen, who had greater than $18 million in profession event cashes earlier than this remaining desk began, was by some means capable of keep his composure regardless of seeing his seemingly insurmountable lead vanish instantly. Foxen retook the lead after which managed to shut out the victory, incomes $178,200 for his twelfth profession title.
“Just trying to take every hand one at a time is really the only way to go through it or otherwise you’ll be on an emotional roller coaster,” Foxen advised PokerGo reporters when requested about his heads-up battle with Perry. “It’s just trying to solve every hand individually and assess everything at the completion of each hand and move on from there. This was a crazy one, with a lot of action and a lot of big pots. It was fun.”
This was Foxen’s first title and his eleventh final-table end of the 12 months. He earned 360 Card Player Player of the Year factors for the win, shifting into fifteenth place on the 2021 POY race leaderboard sponsored by Global Poker. Foxen has accrued 2,218 factors and $812,257 in year-to-date POY earnings.
Foxen additionally scored 178 PokerGO Tour factors for his victory on this event. With 780 complete factors, he now occupies the Ninth-place spot on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard. Perry earned 132 factors for his runner-up end, bringing his level complete on this race to 1,553. As a outcome, he now sits simply 344 factors behind chief Ali Imsirovic.
Event no. 1 on the inaugural PokerGO Cup was a $10,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’ event. A turnout of 66 entries constructed a prize pool of $660,000 that was paid out among the many high 10 finishers. Daniel Negreanu was eradicated on the cash bubble late on day 1 of the event, with latest U.S. Poker Open champion David Peters (tenth – $19,800), Sam Soverel (Ninth – $26,400), Steve Zolotow (eighth – $26,400), and Vanessa Kade (seventh – $33,000) all busting earlier than the motion was halted for the evening.
Foxen was the one participant to bag greater than 2 million in chips heading into the ultimate day. Kristina Holst was the quick stack to start out the day, and her run got here to an finish when Perry’s pocket fours flopped a set in opposition to her pocket jacks in an all-in confrontation. Holst took residence $39,600 for her third remaining desk end of 2021.
World Poker Tour major occasion winner Jordan Cristos was the following to fall. He ran OkQ into the AOk of David Coleman and was unable to return from behing. Cristos, who had taken a pot-limit Omaha occasion on the U.S. Poker Open earlier this summer time, settled for $52,800 because the fifth-place finisher.
Coleman and Foxen had been the biggest stacks throughout four-handed play, with the opposite two gamers having lower than 20 large blinds between them. The two leaders ended up clashing in an enormous pot that dramatically shifted the stability of energy. Foxen picked up pocket kings and min-raised from the button. Coleman three-bet shoved with pocket eights and obtained a snap name from Foxen. The board was of no assist to Coleman and he went from the chip chief to the shortest stack instantly. Coleman battled for some time however finally hit the rail in fourth place ($66,000) when his AQ couldn’t maintain up in opposition to the 76 of Foxen, who flopped a pair and held from there.
Just moments later, Spanish poker professional Sergi Reixach obtained all-in with Q-7 and located himself dominated by the Ok-Q of Foxen. Neither participant improved and Reixach was eradicated in third place ($85,800), setting the stage for the wild journey that Foxen and Perry had been about to go on.
Perry started with 225,000 to the 8,025,000 of Foxen. Perry obtained all-in the very subsequent hand with Ok-8 in opposition to 4-2 for Foxen, who flopped a deuce to take the lead. Perry rivered a king to double up after which gained one other all-in to climb above one million in chips just some minutes after heads-up play had begun. Perry then earned a double up when he shoved the river for worth on a 874Q8 board with Q10 and Foxen made a hero name with 104.
Perry’s comeback effort culminated in him taking the lead when he made an accurate hero name with Q3 on a Q106OkJ board. Foxen had been bluffing with 74. Foxen was capable of erase all of Perry’s progress in a single large hand. Foxen raised from the button with the OkJ and Perry defended his large blind with Q6. The flop got here down Q82 and Perry check-raised Foxen’s 175,000 continuation guess to 600,000. Foxen known as and the J hit the flip. Perry checked and Foxen guess 450,000. Perry known as and the Ok accomplished the board, giving Foxen kings as much as overtake the benefit within the hand from Perry’s pair of queens. Perry checked and Foxen moved all-in. Perry went deep into the tank earlier than making the decision to see Foxen take a 7:1 lead.
In the ultimate hand Perry known as all-in with 108 on a 843Q board for his final 4.5 large blinds. Foxen had shoved with 99. The river was the Ok and Perry was knocked out in second place ($132,000). The 300 Card Player Player of the Year factors he earned for his run on this occasion stored Perry in fifth place within the 2021 POY race, with three titles, 12 final-table finishes, and $2,206,378 in POY-qualified earnings for the 12 months.
Here is a have a look at the payouts and rankings factors factors awarded on the remaining desk:
Winner picture offered by PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.