Ship it to Alex Foxen! Alex Foxen, the runner-up in this annual Bellagio Five Diamond event two years earlier, finally stepped into the glorious Bellagio winner's circle to win the final WPT event of 2019. Fox added $1.7 million to his bulging career winnings, which has now surpassed $15 million. He's currently at #50 overall... for now.
The World Poker Tour has evolved over the last 17 years. The Bellagio had been the Las Vegas home to the WPT since the early days. And in an era where things are constantly changing and shifting, the Bellagio continues to be the place to be for poker action in December with its annual Five Diamond Classic. The marquee and anchor event also doubled as a WPT event, which capped off the calendar year with a $10K slugfest in Vegas. This star-studded event included so many familiar faces that it's one of those rare events these days that would make fans gawk on the Bellagio rail.
In total, the 2019 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond had a $10K buy-in and attracted 1,035 runners and a prize pool in excess of $10 million. Only the top 130 places paid out with nearly $1.7 million set aside to the champ.
Timo Kamphues bubbled the final table in seventh place.
The final six included Alex Foxen, Seth Davies, Peter Neff, Jonathan Jaffe, Toby Joyce, and Daniel Park. Park bagged up the lead heading into the final table with 11.1 million. Alex Foxen (9.75M) and Jonathan Jaffe (9.0M) also had big stacks. Davies (4.8M) and Joyce (4.5M) roughly held similar stacks, while Neff brought up the rear with 4.5M.
Jaffe busted first at the final table followed by Danny Park in fifth place. Park shipped a bracelet this past summer at the WSOP and hoped to add a WPT title to his resume.
Peter Neff bounced in fourth place, which paid out $617K. Seth Davies bowed out in third place, which paid out a slick $827K. He missed out on a chance at another WPT title when his lost to Foxen's . With Davies elimination, it set up the heavyweight bout between Toby Joyce and Alex Foxen.
Heads-up lasted only nine hands before Foxen put away Joyce. On the final hand, Joyce made a final stand with Jack-nine against Ace-Jack. Both players flopped a Jack and they got it all-in on the turn. Foxen led with a pair of Jacks and an Ace-kicker, which held up when the river did not help Joyce.
For a runner-up finish, Joyce banked $1.1 million. Not too shabby, eh?
Foxen eared a first-place payday worth nearly $1.7 million. He now has over $6.4 million in winnings in 2019, which is 200K short of his all-time personal mark of $6.6 million, which he set last year. Foxen has been killing it at the tables in 2018 and 2019, so it's not a far stretch to say that he's destined for another big year in 2020. Hitting the $20M money mark is well within reach if he continues his supreme level of play.
Notables who cashed in the WPT Bellagio included... Eric Afriat, TK Miles, Joe Serock, Darren Elias, Ali Imsirovic, Kevin MacPhee, Chino Rheem, Bob Shao, Brian Yoon, Jeremy Ausmus, Andrey Pateychuk, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Adam Owen, Alex Papazian, Brett Richey, Mike Wang, Farid Jattin, Cary Katz, Pat Lyons, Jake Schwartz, Steve Sung, Jesse Sylvia, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Robert Mizrachi, Tony Sinishtaj, Daniel Negreanu, Taylor Black, Frank Stepuchin, Isaac Baron, Jerry Wong, Kitty Kup, Dan Strelitz, Paul Volpe, Johnny Bax, Tyler Patterson, Matt Waxman, Alex Greenblatt, Eli Berg, Scott Vener, Brock Wilson, Jack Salter, Tom Wheaton, Raul Martinez, Keven Stammen, Clayton Maguire, Mike Rocco, Brandon Steven, Jeff Gross, Stephen Song, Don Maloney, Bill Klein, Gal Yifrach, Ryan Yu, Matas Cimbolas, Lisa Hamilton, Mario Ho, Asher Conniff, Mike Leah, Bryce Yockey, Scott Baumstein, Stephen Chidwick, David Williams, Shannon Shorr, Vuong Do, Justin Bonomo.