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The Venetian

June 15 - 17, 2018

 
  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 40000
Alex Foxen Wins the $5K MSPT Venetian Main Event Defeating Girlfriend Kristen Bicknell Heads-Up
Created (6/18/2018 3:15:16 AM by Admin System)

The most expensive buy-in in MSPT history, as well as the tour’s first big blind ante tournament, took place at The Venetian Las Vegas over the weekend. The $5,000 tournament attracted some of the biggest names in the game, but in the end, the title came down to real-life couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell.

Both players have had tremendous success as of late. Back in December, Foxen won more than $1.1 million after finishing second in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and in March won a Macau Super High Roller for $963,880. Bicknell, a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, is also having a great year having already won $872,200 in live tournament earnings.

“It’s a running thing when we’re in a tournament,” explained Foxen, who ultimately won the title. “We’ve had some strange circumstances in the past with tournaments where she’ll win something and I’ll do well too. At Bellagio, she won the $5K prelim and I finished second in the Main. In Macau, she won the high roller and I won the next tournament. There have been a lot of crazy coincidences.”

Bicknell added: “He’s run so good against me it’s crazy. He has busted me in big spots in tournaments and now he’s beat me heads up.”

Interestingly, it wasn’t the first final table the two had made together this year. Back in March, both were at the €25K Super High Roller finale at the partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona. Foxen finished seventh in that tournament for $110,312 while Bicknell took eighth for $73,541.

Final Table Results
1 Alex Foxen (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) $239,000* (Original payout $270,000)
2 Kristen Bicknell (Ontario, Canada) $200,000* (Original payout $169,000)
3 Kahle Burns (Teasdale, Australia) $120,000
4 Phong “Turbo” Nguyen (Los Angeles, CA) $85,000
5 Blake Whittington (Chattanooga, TN) $65,000
6 Joey Weissman (Syosset, NY) $51,000
7 Pavel Plesuv (Prague, Czech Republic) $51,000
8 Conor Beresford (York, Canada) $30,000
9 Jake Schindler (Bryn Mawr, PA) $24,000
10 David Malka (Los Angeles, CA) $19,000

*Denotes heads-up deal

Registration for the tournament was open into Day 2 and dozens of players took advantage. When it closed the field stood at 178 entries, which meant there was a slight overlay. Given the guarantee, the prize pool stood at an even $1,000,000 and was dispersed among the top 18 players.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Dylan Linde (11th - $19,000), Seth Davies (16th - $14,000), Elio Fox (17th - $14,000) and Sam Soverel (18th - $14,000).

On Day 3, the final ten players returned to play down to a winner, and it would take a while as the stacks were deep. The first final table elimination came when MSPT bestbet Jacksonville Regional champ Blake Whittington slow-played aces and David Malka flopped top pair holding king-queen. The chips went in on the turn and Malka was unable to improve.

Not long after in Level 21 (6,000/12,000/10,000), four players were in on a K♥2♥9♦J♣ board when Australian Kahle Burns bet 60,000. Only Jake Schindler called and the 10♥ completed the board on the river. Burns checked, Schindler bet 137,000, and in came an all-in check-raise. Schindler tanked for several minutes before calling off his last 224,000 with the Q♥9♥ for the second nuts, but it was no good as Burns had the nuts with the A♥8♥.

Online pro Conor Beresford bowed out in eighth place when his ace-nine failed to overcome Phong “Turbo” Nguyen’s ace-king, and then Pavel Plesuv took his leave in seventh place after missing a flush draw in a three-way pot.

In Level 23 (10,000/20,000/15,000), Foxen raised to 45,000 from the button with the 8♥4♥ and poker pro Joey Weissman defended with the 8♦5♦. The 5♥7♥8♣ flop had action written all over it, and the chips did go in. Foxen made a straight on the 6♣ turn and the 6♥ river actually improved him to a straight flush.

After Whittington fell in fifth place – the result of shoving jack-ten suited into Bicknell’s pocket jacks – four-handed play lasted for quite a while before Nguyen’s number was called. It happened when he jammed the button holding king-ten and Bicknell woke up with ace-queen in the big blind. The board ran out all low cards and that was all she wrote for the man they call “Turbo.”

The final three players took turns on the short stack and holding the chip lead as the blinds continued to rise. Three-handed play lasted a grueling four hours.

In Level 29 (40,000/80,000/40,000), Foxen moved all in for 1.265 million holding the K♣7♣ in the small blind and Burns called from the big with the A♦8♥. The board ran out 7♠7♥2♣9♣5♣ and Burns was left with crumbs. Bicknell finished him off one hand later.

The poker couple, basically dead even in chips, then agreed to a chop where each locked up $200,000 and left the required 10% and title to play for, which amounted to $39,000. It took just two hands to determine the winner. In the first, both players flopped top pair and Foxen doubled thanks to his kicker. In the next, Bicknell got her last few chips in with jack-three against Foxen’s queen-four. The latter made a full house and Bicknell was officially eliminated in second place.

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 40000
Kristen Bicknell Eliminated In 2nd Place ($200,000)
Created (6/18/2018 2:56:13 AM by Admin System)
Kristen Bicknell

Kristen Bicknell raised to 200,000 on the button, and Alex Foxen called in the big blind.

The flop was checked by Foxen, and Bicknell bet 200,000. Foxen check-raised to 565,000, and Bicknell called.

On the turn, Foxen jammed for about 1.8 million and Bicknell called.

Bicknell:
Foxen:

Bicknell was outkicked by Foxen’s king, and she didn’t find a six or five on the river, and she was crippled down to 285,000.

The very next hand, those 285,000 chips got in the middle against Foxen.

Bicknell:
Foxen:

Foxen spiked a queen on the flop, and sealed the victory on the turn. The completed the board on the river, and Alex Foxen is your MSPT $5,000 Venetian Main Event Champion!

Kristen Bicknell - Eliminated in 2nd place for $200,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 40000
We Have A Chop!
Created (6/18/2018 2:54:58 AM by Admin System)

Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen have agreed to a chop that gives each player $200,000 and leaves $39,000 on the table to play for.

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 40000
Kahle Burns Eliminated In 3rd Place ($120,000)
Created (6/18/2018 2:38:46 AM by Admin System)
Kahle Burns

Alex Foxen jammed for 1,265,000 from the small blind, and Kahle Burns, who had him covered by just 285,000, called in the big blind.

Foxen:
Burns:

Foxen flopped trips on a flop, and was dead on the turn, and the river.

The next hand, Burns got his last 285,000 in against Kristen Bicknell.

Burns:
Bicknell:

Bicknell spiked a pair on the flop and held on a turn and river to score the KO.

Kahle Burns - Eliminated in 3rd place for $120,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 40000
Two Doubles
Created (6/18/2018 2:12:11 AM by Admin System)

Alex Foxen jammed for 2,165,000 on the button, and Kahle Burns called off his last 1,470,000 from the small blind.

Foxen:
Burns:

Burns survived the flop, but Foxen picked up outs to chop on the turn. The river kept Burns in front, and he doubled.

The very next hand, Burns jammed to cover both blinds, and Foxen called off his last 640,000.

Burns:
Foxen:

Burns looked primed to score the KO on a board, but the river brought Foxen back in contention.

Kahle Burns - 2,535,000
Alex Foxen - 1,410,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 30000
Kahle Burns Doubles Through Alex Foxen
Created (6/18/2018 2:03:48 AM by Admin System)

Alex Foxen limped the button, and Kahle Burns jammed for 780,000 from the small blind, which Foxen snapped off.

Foxen:
Burns:

Foxen’s trap with kings backfired on a flop, as Burns flopped an ace and the lead. The turn gave Foxen a gutshot to go with his king outs, but the river secured the double for Burns.

Alex Foxen - 2,085,000
Kahle Burns - 1,800,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 30000
Kristen Bicknell Doubles Through Kahle Burns
Created (6/18/2018 1:36:03 AM by Admin System)

Kahle Burns jammed from the small blind to put Kristen Bicknell in for her last 835,000, and she called it off.

Burns:
Bicknell:

Burns was dead on the turn of a board, and Bicknell doubled up.

Kristen Bicknell - 1,550,000
Kahle Burns - 1,480,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 30000
Kahle Burns Reclaims The Chip Lead
Created (6/18/2018 1:33:09 AM by Admin System)

Alex Foxen raised to 210,000 from the small blind, and Kahle Burns called in the big blind.

The flop saw Foxen bet 150,000, and Burns made the call.

On the turn, Foxen checked, and Burns fired 275,000. Foxen thought for a bit, then called.

The hit the river, and Foxen checked. Burns jammed for 1,015,000, and after a few minutes in the tank, Foxen folded.

Kahle Burns - 2,315,000
Alex Foxen - 2,270,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 30000
Alex Foxen Doubles Through Kahle Burns
Created (6/18/2018 1:23:11 AM by Admin System)

Alex Foxen limped from the small blind, and Kahle Burns raised to 190,000. Foxen limp-shoved for 1,380,000, and Burns called.

Foxen:
Burns:

Foxen’s fortunes improved dramatically on a flop, but the turn gave Burns outs with a gutshot. Foxen actually filled up on the river, however, and Foxen doubled.

Alex Foxen - 2,880,000
Kahle Burns - 1,510,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 30000
More For Kahle Burns
Created (6/18/2018 1:11:17 AM by Admin System)

Alex Foxen limped from the small blind, then called a raise to 190,000 from Kahle Burns in the big blind.

The flop was checked by Foxen, and Burns bet 150,000. Foxen called.

Foxen checked the turn, and Burns checked as well.

On the river, Foxen checked, and Burns bet 460,000. Foxen folded.

Kahle Burns - 2,995,000
Alex Foxen - 1,410,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Alex Foxen  1x Champ  
NY 
5,340,000
5,340,000 
 
0
Busted 
Pavel Plesuv  1x Champ  
Prague 
 
0
Busted 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
NY 
$239,000 
1,000 
2
 
Canada 
$200,000 
800 
3
 
$120,000 
700 
4
CA 
$85,000 
600 
5
FL 
$65,000 
500 
6
NY 
$51,000 
400 
7
Prague 
 
$39,000 
300 
8
York 
 
$30,000 
200 
9
PA 
$24,000 
150 
10
CA 
$19,000 
100 
11
ID 
$19,000 
100 
12
UK 
 
 
$19,000 
100 
13
Vienna 
 
$16,000 
75 
14
Kent 
WA 
$16,000 
75 
15
NY 
$16,000 
75 
16
Bend 
OR 
$14,000 
50 
17
NY 
$14,000 
50 
18
FL 
$14,000 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
29
Blinds
40000 / 80000
Ante
40000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
178
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
5,340,000
Total Chips
5,340,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,340,000
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
3,925
3,633
3,075
2,850
2,550
2,500
2,500
2,450
2,300
10 
2,200