Alex Foxen Bags $235,000 in the Lodge Championship $25,000 High Roller

Bin Weng and Alex Foxen were the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Horseshoe Las Vegas $1,700 Main Event's last two players left at the table. Weng beat Foxen to win the gold ring and title. Even so, the two poker pros clashed in another heads-up battle on May 12, competing for a six-figure payout.

Foxen outlasted Weng in the 2023 Lodge Championship Series' $25,000 no-limit Hold'em high roller tournament taking home $235,000. The victory increased his poker career's earnings to almost $29.3 million.

Weng and Foxen at this year's tournament circuits' top players. Foxen made his 12 final table finish and won his third title in 2023. He increased his Card Player Player of the Year (POY) earnings to $1.6 million and amassed 4,349 POY points, hence being the fourth player in Global Poker's 2023 POY race.

Statistics show that Weng bagged $1,000,000 in Borgata's 'The Return' $5,000 Main Event hence increasing his chances of winning the POY award. The player is ninth in the race with five final-table finishes and two titles.

He has won almost $1.4 million in POY events in 2023 and advanced to two World Poker Tour (WPT) final tables. Weng currently leads the WPT Choctaw $3,800 Main Event and the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $3,500 Main Event that will occur on May 26 and May 25, respectively. They will earn him $1.5 million in total if he beats all his opponents.

What Were the Tournament's Prizes?

  • Alex Foxen – $235,000 and 252 POY points
  • Bin Weng – $145,000 and 210 POY points
  • Doug Polk – $100,000 and 168 POY points

How Things Unfolded in the Event

The $25,000 no-limit Hold'em high roller attracted 20 players, and Round Rock's The Lodge Poker Club hosted it. It had a $480,000 prize pool that the three top players shared.

Daniel Rezaei's K-Q suited lost to Foxen's pocket jacks and burst the money bubble. The former made a flush draw flop using two overcards. Unfortunately, the river and turn didn't help him, ending his run in fourth place.

Doug Polk, the club's co-owner, left the tournament in third place after using an open-ended straight draw to move all-in against Weng's pocket aces. The former missed all outs on the river, and his run ended with a $100,000 score.

Weng had a 562,000:435,000 chip advantage over Foxen when their heads-up action began. He drastically increased it to 8:1 before Foxen began reducing the gap. Foxen used pocket kings to face Weng's A-J.

He later made a 20 big blinds all-in move. Foxen's pocket pair dominated and reduced the stack gap to less than 3:2. He got the lead after using a straight draw and flush draw to move all-in against Weng's bottom two pair.

Foxen used a nut flush to get a 2:1 chip lead. His KHeart SuitQDiamond Suit dominated Weng's AClub Suit5Spade Suit in the final hand. The JHeart Suit9Heart Suit4Spade Suit9Club SuitQClub Suit earned Foxen the title and pot as Weng finished second with $145,000.


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