GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen Bags WSOPE Main Event Day 1A Chip Lead

Alex Foxen, the 2018 GPI Player of the Year, bagged the biggest stack after Day 1A at the €10,350 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event. The high roller superstar topped 113 remaining players out of the 194 who entered the tournament’s first session.

Alex Foxen

Alex Foxen leads Day 1A at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. (Image: Joe Giron, WSOP)

With the series winding down and only one additional event remaining – the €550 Colossus – the Player of the Year race is coming down to the wire. It appears we have a three-player race featuring Shaun Deeb, Daniel, Negreanu, and Robert Campbell.

Deeb bagged a nice stack on Day 1A in the Main Event – 345,300. He will enter Day 2 as one of the biggest stacks. Campbell left King’s Casino with 90,000 chips. Negreanu didn’t enter the first Main Event session.

Current WSOP Player of the Year Standings

  1. Daniel Negreanu 3,971.54
  2. Robert Campbell 3,857.97
  3. Shaun Deeb 3,710.64
  4. Phillip Hui 3,186.17

Negreanu is the only two-time POY winner (2004 and 2013). Deeb, who won it last year, has an opportunity to join “Kid Poker” in that exclusive club. Chris Ferguson, the 2017 champion, is still technically in the race, but as he is in seventh place and 1,200 points off the lead, his chances of winning are slim and none.

Foxen Bags Monster Stack

In 2018, Alex Foxen won the award for GPI Player of the Year. Over the past couple of years, he’s become one of the top high-stakes pros in the game. And on Friday in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the former Boston College football player crushed at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event on Day 1A.

Foxen bagged 537,200 chips, the most of any of the 113 remaining players. Anton Morgenstern finished with the second-largest stack at 460,000. Six players ended the first session with over 400,000 chips. Blinds will start at 800/1,600 with a 1,600 big blind ante when Day 2 restarts on Monday.

Day 1B, the second and final opening session, kicks off at noon local time on Saturday. Foxen bagged the largest stack on Friday, but many other talented pros have already advanced to Day 2.

Notable WSOP Europe Main Event Day 1A Chip Stacks

  • Alex Foxen 537,200
  • Shaun Deeb 345,300
  • Julien Martini 220,000
  • Anthony Zinno 204,900
  • Viktor Blom 128,700
  • David “ODB” Baker 97,100
  • Hossein Ensan 90,000
  • Robert Campbell 90,000
  • Ryan Riess 24,200

Phil Hellmuth, fresh off his runner-up finish in the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship, showed up for the Main Event in quest of his 16th bracelet. He’ll have to wait for another opportunity, however, as he was eliminated late on Day 1A. Rainer Kempe and Phillip Gruissem were also among the 81 players who failed to bag chips.

 

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

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