Alex Foxen Wins APPT Super High Roller for $964,000

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New Yorker Alex Foxen is enjoying quite the purple patch of late and has won his second high roller event in three weeks by topping the APPT Super High Roller in Macau for HK$7,560,000 ($964k US).

This latest win means that Foxen, who has been cashing in live tournaments since 2012 has won over $2.6m out of his $3.64m lifetime tourney earnings since last December. His rungood started off with a seven-figure score at the $10k WPT Five Diamond Classic Main Event where he finished as runner-up to Ryan Tosoc for a $1,134,202 payday. His next big cash came at the end of last month when he took down the $25k High Roller at the WPT LA Poker Classic for $424,625, and now the APPT High Roller where he bested a 68 strong field of exceptional quality after qualifying through a satellite rather than stumping up the hefty HK$400,000 (US $51k) buy-in.

The final table was full of killers including Ike "philivey2694" Haxton, Patrik Antonius, Rainer Kempe, Sam Greenwood, Kahle Burns, Brian "tsarrast" Rast, and Christoph "Tight-Man1" Vogelsang - but all played second fiddle to Foxen throughout this tournament as he ended all three days of the Super High Roller in pole position.

By the third and final day just 9 players remained, but with 40% of the chips in play Foxen was very much the man to beat. The dangerous (but also dangerously short-stacked) Ike Haxton was first out as his shove with K2 was met with a call from fellow shortie Brian Rast who's pocket sevens ousted Haxton in 9th for a HK$750,000/$95,625 payday.

Next out was Germany's second all-time biggest winner Christoph Vogelsang who met his Waterloo when his nine-ten suited fell to Foxen’s ace-queen. Vogelsang added HK$981,880/$125,190 to his bankroll for his 8th place finish, taking him over $15.5m in live tourney cashes.

Despite a number of double-ups Brian Rast headed to the rail in 7th after his KdQd was beaten by Rainer Kempe's Jd7d as the German pro matched both his hole-cards. Rast won $161,543 and his huge live tourney earnings edged a little closer to the $21m mark as he now sits on $20,870,265 in live tourney winnings putting him 13th on the all-time money list.

Shortly after a double bust-out occurred during a hand in which Chinese businessman Shan Huang won a roller-coaster of a pot after getting it all in preflop with pocket Jacks and finding himself in bad shape against Patrik Antonius's pocket Queens and finding himself not only having to find a 2outer but also to avoid an Ace as Kahle Burns had joined the all-in party with his suited AQ. Huang swung into a huge lead on the J 6 10 flop but by the turn he was once again a huge underdog as a King on the turn gave Burns a broadway straight. A second King on the river, however, gave Huang a winning boat, and as he had both Antonius and Burns covered they were sent packing in 6th (Antonius - HK$1,603,000/$204,383) and 5th (Burns - HK$2,068,000/$263,670).

Kempe was next out when he pushed his short stack with QdJd against Sam Greenwood's Ad 5d. An Ace on the turn was all she wrote for the German pro and he exited in 4th place to collect his HK$2,663,000/$339,533 prize money.

Greenwood was unlucky to be the next man out after betting out with pocket Kings and getting a call from Huang's Q 7. Huang managed to flop two pairs and was able to extract the vast majority of Greenwood's chips. The Canadian star was soon out in 3rd place, taking home HK$3,529,000/$449,948 for his troubles.

By this time Huang had wrestled the lead from Foxen, but the pros experience showed during heads-up play and Foxen was easily able to grind his plucky opponent down, eventually claiming the title when his suited A 6 trumped Huang’s  K Q for the last of the Chinaman's chips. Huang earned HK$5,429,000/$692,198 for finishing runner-up while the trophy, the title, and the HK$7,560,000/$963,900 winner's prize-money went to a rampant Alex Foxen.

APPT Macau Super High Roller Final Table Results

Place Name Country Prize in HK$ Prize in US$
1st Alex Foxen USA HK$7,560,000 $963,900
2nd Shan Huang China HK$5,429,000 $692,198
3rd Sam Greenwood Canada HK$3,529,000 $449,948
4th Rainer Kempe Germany HK$2,663,000 $339,533
5th Kahle Burns Australia HK$2,068,000 $263,670
6th Patrik Antonius Finland HK$1,603,000 $204,383
7th Brian Rast USA HK$1,267,000 $161,543
8th Christoph Vogelsang Germany HK$981,880 $125,190
9th Isaac Haxton USA HK$750,000 $95,625

 

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