Sunday December 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm

The final World Poker Tour event of 2019 came to an end wen Alex Foxen faded a field of 1,035 runners to win the 2019 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Classic. Foxen outfoxed a final table that also included Toby Joyce, Seth Davies, Peter Neff, Danny Park, and Jonathan Jaffe. Foxen banked $1,694,995 plus a seat in the end of the WPT Tournament of Champions.

al.ex.foxen.wpt2019.bel
Pic by Joe Giron/WPT

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 Carte As de trèfleCarte 5 de trèfle lost to Foxen's Carte As de cœurCarte Dame de cœur. 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.

2019 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Classic

Buy-in: $10,400

Prize Pool: $10,039,500

Entrants: 1,035

Payouts: 130

 

Final Table Results:

1. Alex Foxen $1,694,995

2. Toby Joyce $1,120,040

3. Seth Davies $827,285

4. Peter Neff $617,480

5. Danny Park $465,780

6. Jonathan Jaffe $355,125

Latest news
Friday January 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm
2020 Aussie Millions: Farid Jattin wins 25K Challenge for $983,646 AUD

Farid Jattin outlasted 169 runners to win the $25K Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions hosted at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Jattin chopped heads up with George Wolff to win $983,646 AUD or approximately $679K USD. The final table also included Steve O'Dwyer, Sam Greenwood, Masato Yokosawa, Jack Sinclair, and Kenny Hallaert.

Thursday January 16, 2020 at 2:00 am
WSOP announces 'Value Menu' bracelet events for 2020 WSOP

The World Series of Poker announced a special round of value menu events at the 2020 WSOP that include buy-ins of $1,000 or less. A total of 25 bracelet events will be hosted at the Rio Casino this summer that have a modest and affordable buy-in. A baker's dozen of events, 13 in total, at the 2020 WSOP will have buy-ins $888 or less including the $400 Colossus and numerous $500 buy-in deepstacked bracelet events.

Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 3:53 am
Dustin Schoonover wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant and first ring

The World Series of Poker Circuit's latest stop hit up the Oklahoma/Dallas area for the 2020 WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant. Dustin Schoonover outlasted 1,065 runners in the $1,700 buy-in Main Event to win $272,846. The Choctaw Durant final table also included John Skrovan, Brant Jolly, Mark Newton, Christopher Staats, Allen Brivic, Montana Bills, Austin Lewis, and Trung Pham.

Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 4:48 am
Chance Kornuth leads final table at 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship

Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour continued with the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship that attracted 257 runners for their annual big tournament every January at the Hawaiian Gardens just outside Los Angeles. The 2020 WPT Gardens final table of six is set to resume on March 31, 2020 at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. Chance Kornuth bagged up the lead at the final table that also included Tuan Phan, Qing Liu, Straton Wilhelm, Jonathan Cohen, and Markus Gonsalves.

Friday January 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm
Interview: Martin Harris, Author of Poker and Pop Culture

D and B Poker published "Poker and Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America's Favorite Card Game" by Martin Harris. During the poker boom, Harris authored a popular blog titled Hard-Boiled Poker. Harris quit his job as an English professor and went to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker for numerous outlets. Over the last 15 years, Harris compiled a collection of essays that became the genesis of Poker and Pop Culture. We're fortunate that Harris sat down with us for a fun interview.

Friday January 10, 2020 at 3:00 am
2020 WSOP releases $10,000 Championship events schedule

A total of 17 championship caliber events with at least a buy-in of $10,000 are on the schedule for the 2020 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP released the dates for all $10K championships including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, $10,000 Main Event, and the $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL Championship, which is the online $10K event hosted online.

Thursday January 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Brazilian pro Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos joins GGPoker

The new calendar year of 2020 was barely a day old when Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos announced the news on his social media feed that he will be joining GGPoker as their latest ambassador. Mojave joins the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Bryn Kenney as ambassadors. Mojave spent time as the top ranked Brazilian and Latin American online player with over $2.6 million in career tournament earnings.

Friday December 27, 2019 at 10:36 pm
2019: The Big Stories, Part 2

The year in review for 2019 continues with the second part that covers June through December. The World Series of Poker celebrated its 50th anniversary with a blowout at the Rio in Las Vegas. Hossein Ensan from Germany won the second-largest Main Event in WSOP history and he banked $10 million. PokerStars also announced the 2020 PSPC, which will take place in Barcelona in August 2020. PokerStars was also sold to Flutter (aka Paddy Power/Betfair). The Mike Postle cheating scandal also broke after he got caught cheating on the Stones Gambling Hall live stream.

Thursday December 26, 2019 at 5:49 pm
2019: The Big Stories, Part 1

We're quickly approaching the end of 2019 and the end of the decade. So much happened in 2019, we have a special two-part series highlighting the best and most interesting stories of 2019. In the first half of 2019, some of the big stories involved Chino Rheem winning the 2019 PCA and Spain's Roman Colillas taking down the inaugural PSPC in the Bahamas for $5.1 million. Bryn Kenney shipped the largest Aussie Millions in history. Just before the WSOP, Daniel Negreanu stepped down after 12 years as a sponsored pro and ambassador for PokerStars. Gianluca 'Tankanza' Speranza won the SCOOP Main Event in back-to-back years.

Wednesday December 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidaze!

From everyone here at Club Poker, we want to wish you a joyful and bountiful holiday season. Merry Christmas and do not forget that the Winter Series kicks off today on PokerStars with 242 tournaments and $50 million in guaranteed prize pools. The new year is just around the corner, so start thinking about your 2020 poker resolutions.

Tuesday December 24, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Oklahoma Johnny Hale passes away at 92

Oklahoma Johnny Hale -- an old school poker player, author, and gambler -- passed away at the age of 92. Oklahoma Johnny worked diligently to bring players into the game of poker over the last several decades. He's also the author of the 1999 book "The Life and Times of a Gentleman Gambler: Oklahoma Johnny Hale on Poker and Las Vegas".

Wednesday December 18, 2019 at 12:13 am
Mikalai Pobal wins 2019 EPT Prague for €1,005,600

Belarus' Mikalai Pobal picked off Hungarian pro, Norbert Szecsi, to win the 2019 EPT Prague. Pobal faded a field of 1,154 runners to win €1 million and become the latest champion on the European Poker Tour. Pobal joined Vicky Coren as the only dual winner on the EPT. Pobal shipped the 2012 EPT Barcelona and waited seven years to take down his second EPT crown.

Saturday December 14, 2019 at 11:08 pm
PokerStars Winter Series begins on December 25

PokerStars will host their third-largest online series of the year with their annual PokerStars Winter Series, which begins on December 25 and lasts nearly three weeks with over 242 tournaments with $50 million in guaranteed prize pools including a special Sunday Million with a $3 million guarantee. At least 34 events have a modest buy-in of $5.50, while 47 events are catered for high-stakes players with buy-ins costing $1,000 or higher. The Main Event has three tiers with $55, $530, and $5,300 price points.

Thursday December 12, 2019 at 11:43 pm
2020 WSOP will run May 26 to July 15

The World Series of Poker announced the overall dates for the 51st installment of the WSOP at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2020 WSOP will begin on May 26 and run through July 15. The prestigious $10,000 buy-in Main Event kicks off with four opening flights starting on Day 1A and concluding with Day 1B on July 4. Despite the rumors, the WSOP will remain at the Rio Casino for at least one more running.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm
Erik Gorman wins WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event

The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Cherokee at Harrah's in Cherokee, North Carolina concluded this year's Circuit series. Event #10, also known as the $1,700 buy-in Main Event championship, featured 1,000 runners taking a shot at a Circuit ring and over a quarter-million in cash. Despite coming into the final day with the short stack, Erik Gorman from Maryland went the distance and he was the last person standing after he defeated Hannah Guthrie heads-up to win his first WSOP Circuit ring and $260,480 in cash.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites: