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$2,650: Alex Foxen Repeats as Champion

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 20
$2,650 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 422
Prize Pool: $1,023,350
August 12-14, 2018

Back-to-Back Champion Alex Foxen

The final table of nine players emerged from a field of 422 entries after two days of play in the $2,650 No Limit Hold’em event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, and those players returned on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to play for the top prize and tournament title in front of the Poker Night in America television cameras. Alex Foxen claimed the repeat title after 12 hours of play and a lengthy heads-up battle.

That heads-up battle took place between two of the most talented poker professionals in the field who both hold more than $4 million in career earnings. Foxen was the defending champion in this event, but the final thing that stood between him and a successful title defense was Blair Hinkle.

That test proved to be a difficult one, but in the end Foxen prevailed. “It was pretty crazy, it was a really long heads-up match. I’m exhausted from that but it’s an amazing experience to get to go deep in this one again, and I managed to get the right cards in the end and win it,” said Foxen.

You could tell that Foxen had a lot of respect for his final opponent. “Obviously you’re always hoping for your opponent to make mistakes, but Blair did very little of that today. I was very, very impressed with his heads-up play, he was a really tough opponent. I was at his table all day yesterday, so we have been battling for a couple days now. It was cool to get heads up with him, and we had a really good match,” said Foxen. He continued, “I feel like everything is a little bit sweeter when it’s more difficult, so having someone like Blair who plays so well and it lasted so long it definitely feels a little bit sweeter.”

A little while after cards got into the air at the final table this afternoon Matthew Kuba scored a double up before Michael Esposito hit the rail in ninth place to kick off the eliminations, and then Matt O’Donnell (eighth place), Rick Alvarado (seventh place), and Matthew Kuba (sixth place) all busted within the next hour of play.

In what would become a theme at the final table, Foxen and Hinkle played many pots throughout the day with a lot of post-flop action. Meanwhile, Brandon Hall took fifth place a little before 4 p.m.

Four-handed play took place for close to two hours before Tom Nguyen fell in fourth place, and then it was only a matter of minutes before Jake Schwartz busted in third place. That set up the epic heads-up battle between Foxen and Hinkle, and the two players stacks were pretty evenly matched when the final kicked off.

Hinkle pulled away a little bit by the time the final two players took their first break heads up, but soon after they returned Foxen scored a double up to take back the lead. It was Hinkle who then doubled up twice to take back the chip lead after he saw his stack get down to just 20 big blinds at one point.

The two players continued to trade the lead back and forth for several hours until the length of the heads-up final was longer than the rest of the final table combined.

The final hand came a little bit after 11 p.m. Foxen called preflop on the button, and Hinkle moved all in. Foxen called to cover him so the final two remaining players revealed their cards.

Foxen: Ac10c
Hinkle: 2d2c

Board: 10d7h7c4s6h

Foxen won the hand, and the tournament to successfully defend his title. Foxen won the top prize of $208,452, and Hinkle took home $146,042 after a hard-fought heads-up final.

Congratulations to our repeat champion – Alex Foxen!

Final Table Results:

1st: Alex Foxen – $208,452
2nd: Blair Hinkle – $146,042
3rd: Jake Schwartz – $93,892
4th: Tom Nguyen – $62,936
5th: Brandon Hall – $48,404
6th: Matthew Kuba – $40,115
7th: Rick Alvarado – $33,668
8th: Matt O’Donnell – $27,242
9th: Michael Esposito – $20,846

$2,650: Alex Foxen Wins ($208,452) – Blair Hinkle Out 2nd ($146,042)

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 30: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 422

Alex Foxen called preflop on the button, and Blair Hinkle moved all in. Foxen called so the final two remaining players revealed their cards.

Foxen: [Ac 10c]
Hinkle: [2d 2c]

Board: [10d 7h 7c 4s 6h]

Foxen won the hand, and the tournament to successfully defend his title in this event. Foxen won the top prize of $208,452, and Hinkle took home $146,042 after a hard-fought heads-up final.

Congratulations to our repeat champion – Alex Foxen!

$2,650: Blair Hinkle Wins a Big One

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 422

There was 800,000 in the pot with a flop reading [7c 6c 5c] when Alex Foxen bet 225,000, and Blair Hinkle called on the button.

The turn fell [3d], Hinkle bet 550,000, and Foxen check-called. The river delivered the [6s], Hinkle bet 1.1 million, and Foxen check-called again.

Hinkle flipped over [10d 7s], and Foxen folded. Foxen was down to 4.9 million after the hand, and Hinkle took back the lead with 5,650,000.

Blair Hinkle – 5,650,000 (56 bb)
Alex Foxen – 4,900,000 (49 bb)

$2,650: Alex Foxen Wins Another One

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Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 422

Alex Foxen

Both players added another 200,000 each to the pot with the flop reading [Ah 5c 4c]. The turn fell [Qs], Alex Foxen bet 475,000 on the button, and Hinkle check-called.

The river delivered the [2c], Foxen bet 1,175,000, and Hinkle check-called again. Hinkle held [4d 2s] for two-pair, but Foxen showed [5d 2d] for a slightly better two-pair. Hinkle was down to 1,625,000 after the hand, and Foxen held 8,925,000.

Blair Hinkle – 1,625,000 (16 bb)
Alex Foxen – 8,925,000 (89 bb)

$2,650: Blair Hinkle Doubles Thru Alex Foxen Again

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 422

Blair Hinkle

Alex Foxen raised to 175,000 on the button preflop, and Blair Hinkle reraised to 580,000. Foxen moved all, and Hinkle called all in so the last two remaining players in the field revealed their cards.

Hinkle: [Ad 3d]
Foxen: [Kd Jd]

Board: [Qc Js 5c As 7h]

Hinkle doubled up to take the chip lead with 7.16 million, and Foxen was left with 3.45 million after the hand.

Blair Hinkle – 7,160,000 (89 bb)
Alex Foxen – 3,450,000 (43 bb)

$2,650: Blair Hinkle Doubles Thru Alex Foxen

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 422

Blair Hinkle

The flop read [Kh 9s 5c] when Blair Hinkle bet 100,000 on the button, and Alex Foxen raised to 275,000. Hinkle called before the turn fell [Js].

Foxen bet 325,000, and Hinkle check-called before the river delivered the [10c]. Foxen moved all in, and Hinkle check-called all in for his final 1.11 million. The two players then tabled their cards.

Hinkle: [Jh 10h]
Foxen: [8h 6d]

Blair Hinkle – 3,700,000 (46 bb)
Alex Foxen – 6,800,000 (85 bb)

$2,650: Alex Foxen Doubles Thru Blair Hinkle

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 422

Alex Foxen

Alex Foxen raised preflop on the button to open the action, and Blair Hinkle reraised to 510,000. Foxen reraised all in for 2.79 million, and Hinkle called to cover him. The two players then tabled their cards.

Foxen: [Ad 6h]
Hinkle: [7h 7s]

Board: [Ac Js 10h Jc 9d]

Foxen doubled up to survive with 5.73 million, and Hinkle held 4.83 million after the hand.

Alex Foxen – 5,730,000 (95 bb)
Blair Hinkle – 4,830,000 (80 bb)

 

$2,650: Jake Schwartz – 3rd Place ($93,892)

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 422

Jake Schwartz

Alex Foxen raised to 100,000 on the button preflop, Blair Hinkle reraised to 425,000 from the small blind, and Jake Schwartz reraised all in for 695,000 more on the big blind. Foxen folded, but Hinkle called so the remaining two players revealed their cards.

Hinkle: [Ah 6s]
Schwartz: [10s 10h]

Board: [Ad Qh Jh 3h 7c]

Schwartz was eliminated in third place, good for $93,892, and Hinkle held 5 million after the hand.

Blair Hinkle – 5,000,000 (100 bb)
Jake Schwartz – Eliminated in Third Place ($93,892)

$2,650: Tom Nguyen – 4th Place ($62,936)

$2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guarantee | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 422

Tom Nguyen

Tom Nguyen raised preflop under the gun, and Alex Foxen called to cover him on the big blind. The flop was dealt [5h 4c 3c], Nguyen got all in for a few hundred thousand, and Foxen called to cover him. Here is a look at their cards.

Foxen: [10c 2c]
Nguyen: [Ac Jh]

Turn and River: [8c 9d]

Nguyen was eliminated in fourth place, good for $62,936, and Foxen stacked up 6.15 million after collecting the pot.

Alex Foxen – 6,150,000 (123 bb)
Tom Nguyen – Eliminated in Fourth Place ($62,936)