It was just a week ago that poker pros Alex Foxen other Kristen Bicknell walked down the aisle in the Florida Keys and mutually spoke the special words, “I do.” Already in the Sunshine State, the poker power couple bypassed the honeymoon and hopped straight into the tournament action at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood.
Foxen and Bicknell, who have a combined $27 million in live earningsby Hendon Mobchatted with PokerNews on Friday about their special day and impressive results so far in the series before they both fired in Day 1a of the $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
Hitched in the Keys
Foxen and Bicknell told PokerNews that they tied the knot in the luxurious and tropical Florida Keys, a string of islands on the southern tip of the state. It also happens to be just an hour and a half from the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood.
“We just had a nice little ceremony down in the Keys just this past weekend,” Foxen said. “It was great. It was really nice. Close friends and family. Couldn’t be better.”
The couple posted about their beautiful oceanside wedding on social media and were congratulated by everyone in the poker community from chucky other High Stakes Poker star Jennifer Tilly to former British pro Liv Boeree.
Though they didn’t plan the date around it, the wedding aligned seamlessly with Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown taking place less than a hundred miles north.
“The timing kind of worked out perfectly with the date that we picked for our wedding,” Bicknell told PokerNews. “And we didn’t actually do this intentionally, but it was like, ‘Oh, we’re so close.’ So it’s kind of a nice little thing to do after the wedding, anyway.”
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Crushing as a couple
Right on schedule, Foxen and Bicknell started getting results at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. On Thursday, Bicknell found a final table in Event #30: $1,100 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’emultimately finishing in eighth place for $12,085.
Event #30: $1,100 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em Final Results
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But “krissyb” is no stranger to big results in this venue. Just last August, she finished 36th in the $5,250 buy-in SHRPO Championship to take home $23,925.
In the very next event, Event #31: $50,000 Super High RollerFoxen, a two-time World Poker Tour champion, steamrolled the field to get heads-up against Andrew “Lucky Chewy” Lichtenberger. After a four-hour heads-up battle, Foxen bowed out in second place for a huge score of $515,587.
Event #31: $50,000 Super High Roller Final Results
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“Kristen final tabled a $1k the first day back and then I had a second in the $50k,” Foxen recalled.
“A good start,” laughed Bicknell.
“So far so good, definitely,” Foxen agreed. “A few more good events left, and then hopefully continue to have a good series.”
Seeking Championship Success
Asked about his strategy heading into Day 1 of the Championship event, Foxen noted that the unlimited re-entry means “there’s really no incentive to pass on any spots that are good.”
“So kind of just play a bunch of pots, hope to finish up with a lot of chips and just play,” he said. “You know, poker’s poker, tak(ing) it hand by hand is, I think, the best strategy.”
As it turned out, neither of the players were among the 300 players who found a bag at the end of Day 1a of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
PokerNews spotted Foxen and Bicknell in the Day 1b action late Saturday afternoon. Foxen was eliminated in a classic cooler when his ace-king couldn’t get there against the pocket queens of Danny Panagatosaccording to WPT live updatesbut he was later seen buying back into the Championship event and taking a seat to the right of fellow pro Matt Berkey.
Across the room, Bicknell was also still in contention late into the day. Unfortunately for poker’s power couple, neither of them were able to advance to Day 2, though there are still plenty of events left in the series for them to hop into.
Some of the big names who survived Day 1b include Berkey, Chance Kornuth, Andrew “Lucky Chewy” Lichtenberger, Angelina Rich, Cherish Andrews2019 WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman and defending champion Break Schutten.
Follow the Day 2 action in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, which drew 2,010 entries to make it the second biggest WPT Main Event in historyby checking out WPT’s live updates.
Photos courtesy of Joe Giron and WPT