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Rising Star Alex Foxen Wins LAPC $25K

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  • Alex Foxen rolled over his opponents to dominate the $25K final table at L.A. Poker Classic.

Alex Foxen secured the biggest live win of his fast-blossoming career, taking down the $25,000 L.A. Poker Classic Rockstar Energy High Roller at for $424,625. He came in as the chip leader and completely rolled over the final table, eliminating each of his opponents aside from one.

It's the second-biggest cash overall for the American, tabbed as a rising star right here on PokerNews, behind only his second-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond Main Event in December for $1.1 million.

Official Final Table Results

1Alex FoxenUSA$424,625
2Nick PetrangeloUSA$283,250
3Maria HoUSA$188,875
4Sam PanzicaUSA$131,000
5Eli BergUSA$94,625
6Isaac BaronUSA$71,325

The high roller event drew 50 runners and paid out seven places, with only Darren Elias making it into the money but missing out on the TV final table. He cashed for $56,250 after Foxen busted him in seventh to end Day 1.

Foxen held a sizable chip lead going into the final table, according to the live updates, and it took only half an hour for him to claim his first victim. Isaac Baron defended big blind against a Foxen open, and after both checked an {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}{4-Spades} flop, the {j-Hearts} hit. Baron called a turn bet and then a river shove after the {3-Spades} arrived but couldn't beat Foxen's {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

Minutes later, Foxen raised and flopped top pair, top kicker and held against the nut flush draw that Eli Berg jammed, sending Berg out in fifth. That gave Foxen a massive lead and more than half of the chips with 2,675,000 at 10,000/20,000/20,000.

The deck then smiled upon Nick Petrangelo twice in a row against two-time WPT champ Sam Panzica. First, Petrangelo won a flip, then he flopped a flush with {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} against Panzica's {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, with Panzica missing his redraw after they got it in postflop.

Maria Ho tried to halt the Foxen train but only became the next to be flattened when she four-bet shipped the {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for a little under 30 big blinds and couldn't overtake Foxen's nines.

That left only Petrangelo, down about 7-1 in chips with 20 big blinds. Foxen made short work of him, jamming two pair on the river and getting a tank-call from Petrangelo, who looked him up with just a pair of fours.

That wrapped up a final table that lasted just a few hours and gave Foxen one of his first signature victories of what looks likely to be a fruitful career on the felt.

Photo courtesy of WPT

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