It was just one week ago that poker pros Alex Foxen and 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 earnings, per Hendon Mob, chatted 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 and 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’em, ultimately finishing in eighth place for $12,085.
Event #30: $1,100 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em Final Results
PLACENAMEPRIZE (IN USD) 1Valerie Novak$91,835 2Chance Kornuth$61,585 3Duff Charette$41,055 4Maxx Dansky$28,175 5Andrew Heckman$21,630 6Julius Threadgill$18,030 7Robert Kuhn$15,055 8Kristen Bicknell$12,085 9Matthew Zarcadoolas$9,125
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 Roller, Foxen, a two-time World Poker Tour champion, steamrolled the field to get heads-up against Andrew “LuckyChewy” 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
PLACENAMEPRIZE (IN USD) 1Andrew Lichtenberger$638,223 2Alex Foxen$515,587 3Kirk Steele$283,725 4Andjelko Andrejevic$198,610 5Jason Mercier$141,865 6Steven Veneziano$113,490
“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 Panagatos, according to WPT live updates, but he was later seen buying back into the Championship event.
Seated across the room, Bicknell also remains in contention, while other big names in the still-growing Day 1b field include Erik Seidel, Chance Kornuth, Brian Altman, Matt Berkey, Frank Stepuchin, Cherish Andrews, David Jackson and Ryan Riess. Follow the Day 1b action in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown by checking out WPT’s live updates.
Photos courtesy of Joe Giron and WPT