Alex Foxen Gets Monkey Off Back, Wins 1st WSOP Bracelet

By Craig Klinski
July 6, 2022
Alex Foxen 2022 WSOP Bracelet

More WSOP gold bracelet winners were crowned over the weekend including a big victory from Alex Foxen, who some regarded as the best player to never win a bracelet.

His victory comes in the biggest buy-in event of the 2022 WSOP, the $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em. The event attracted 56 entries over three days, generating a $13,944,000 prize pool.

But despite a massively talented player pool, it was Foxen who finished at the top, winning his first WSOP bracelet as well as a $4,563,700 first-place prize. He began the day on Saturday at the top of the chip counts, a lead he maintained through the end. With Foxen’s win, he now has amassed $26.5 million in winnings, good enough for 22nd all-time.

After the match, Foxen understandably said that it felt “really good” to finally secure a bracelet. “It really means a lot to me. It’s kind of been a monkey on the back. I’ve always wanted a bracelet. I’ve had some close spots and always been disappointed … this feels like a really special one to get my first in.”

The top nine players in the event were guaranteed at least $414,815 with some of the biggest names in poker adding to their live tournament win totals.

  • 1st – Alex Foxen – $4,563,700
  • 2nd – Brandon Steven – $2,820,581
  • 3rd – Chris Hunichen – $1,931,718
  • 4th – Adrian Mateos – $1,367,206
  • 5th – Sam Soverel – $1,001,142
  • 6th – Martin Kabrhel – $759,362
  • 7th – Phil Ivey – $597,381
  • 8th – Dan Zack – $488,095
  • 9th – Henrik Hecklen – $414,815

Other WSOP bracelet winners

$2,000 No Limit Hold’em won by Bulgarian

Bulgaria’s Simeon Spasov is the winner of the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em on Sunday, outlasting 1,977 players over four days to take home the bracelet and a $527,944 first place prize. Other top finishers at the final table included Mike Watson ($326,296), Daniel Custodio ($239,679) Ioannis Angelous Konstas ($177,761), Walter Ripper ($133,129) and Christopher Frank. ($100,688).

France’s Jonathan Pastore wins $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em

A total of 920 players entered the $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em event and after four days, France’s Jonathan Pastore wins event #46. In taking down the bracelet, he wins his first bracelet as well as an impressive $771,765 first place prize. Also at the final table were five other six-figure bracelet winners including runner-up Stephen Song ($476,990), Tamer Alkamli ($331,503), Elio Fox ($234,306), Paraskevas Tsokaridis ($167,882) and Patrick Sekinger ($122,395).

$1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed attracts 695

Menikos Panagiotou, a native from Cyprus, is the winner of Event #48, the $1,500 Eight Game Mix late Friday. Over three days, Panagiotou outlasted a field of 695 players over three days to win the bracelet and a $180,783 first-place prize. The victory was not only Panagioutou’s first WSOP bracelet but also the first-ever for the country of Cyprus.

KT Park wins bracelet in second-ever WSOP appearance

KT Park is the winner of the $2,500 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed event early Monday morning after defeating Andre Akkari heads-up in his first year at the WSOP. In addition to his first WSOP bracelet, KT Parks wins a first-place prize of $219,799 after outlasting 456 players over 3 days.

Joao Simao wins 2nd WSOP Braclet

Late Sunday, Brazilian Joao Simao came out on top of the $5,000 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha event to win the second WSOP bracelet of his career. In his path to victory, Simao outlasted a field of 788 over two days to take home a first-place prize of $682.242.

Simao’s previous win came during the 2021 Caesars Cares Charity Event, when he won $228,946.

What’s on tap for Monday?

Event #47 – $1,000 Senior’s Event – WSOP bracelet and Women Poker Hall of Famer Kathy Leibert is among five players remaining in the $1,000 Senior’s event. When action resumes at 11 AM PT, she will be joined by chip leader Ben Sarnoff, Eric Smidinger, Biagio Morcinao and Charles Mitchell as they each hope to secure the WSOP bracelet and $694,909 first-place prize.

Event #51 – $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em – Just 68 players remain in the $400 Colossus No Limit Hold’em event with a mammoth $13,565 players entering the event. On Day 3, the remaining players will be seeking a big bracelet and the $414,890 first-place prize.

Event #54 – Salute to Warriors – No Limit Hold’em – A total of 498 of the original 3,209 entries survived the action on Day 1 of the $500 Salute to Warriors event over the weekend. The event returns on Monday with Aryan Oliveria holding the chip lead to start the day.

Event #55 – $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em – Team Phan (Peter Phan and Jeffrey Trina) hold the chip lead in the $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em after Day 1 on Sunday. A total 183 teams remain in the event.

Event #56 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed – One of the most popular events of the World Series of Poker, the $50k Poker Players Championship, kicked off on Sunday with 91 entries joining the tournament. Luke Schwartz held the chip lead at the end of the day with Bryn Kenney, Shaun Deeb, Bryce Yockey and Aaron Katz in the top five. Late registration continues through the first five levels of Monday.

Upcoming events

There are two new events on the schedule for June 28th. First up is the $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em getting underway at 11 AM PT. This will be followed up by the start of the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better beginning at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP 2022

On Monday, poker fans can tune into the conclusion of the COLOSSUS where a winner will be crowned. You can view the action by purchasing a subscription, either monthly ($14.99) or yearly ($99).

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