It’s a good time to be Alex Foxen. The 27-year old former college football player turned poker pro has been on the run of a lifetime in the last year and a half that included 13 WSOP cashes last summer, a runner up in the WPT Five Diamond Classic, and now, a victory in the $25,000 High Roller Event here at the LAPC.
“This feels really good. I’ve had a few bubbles recently in 25ks so it feels good to have a breakthrough like that. I don’t like losing at all, so second place in a tournament like Five Diamond it still felt like a huge win but a little bit sour to get second so having this opportunity I really wanted to close it out.”
Foxen came into the final table with a decent chip lead, but had all kinds of talent opposing him, including two time WPT Champion Sam Panzica and former #1 tournament player in the world Nick Petrangelo amongst others. Foxen knew that having the chip lead meant he would have to be aggressive and bully his opponents.
“When you have the chip lead the goal has to be to keep the pressure on especially the shorter stacks coming in and play alot of pots but not big pots necessarily. It just so happens that I had the right hands at the right spots when people played back at me or I was able to get some hands through. Everything just fell into place.”
Not only did Foxen get the win in this High Roller, but he almost pulled the double, finishing in third place in the $10,000 Turbo High Roller just two days before this victory.
“Yeah that was a fun tournament the field was great the structure was quick but fun. It was nice to get third, and felt good to be up a buy-in coming into this $25k.”
After the victory, Foxen seemed extremely appreciative of the opportunities he has had in the last 18 months, and said that the hard work that he has put in for years has been paying off in this incredible run.
“Just alot of work in the past on my game and I think it has a cumulative effect over time and I’ve found a good rhythm and balance of confidence and just trying to make the right decision in as many spots as I can.”
He continued, “It’s hard to imagine the last heater I’ve been on it’s been pretty crazy. I’m not sure that I can say I expected it but it is what I always wanted to try for. It feels really good.”
Foxen said that his next stop will be in Macau in March, and if he plays anything like he did in this series, we think Foxen will fit in just fine. Congratulations Alex!