Kristen Bicknell and Boyfriend Alex Foxen in High Roller Double-Whammy!11 months ago
Canada’s Kristen Bicknell became the first-ever female APPT High Roller champion this week, scooping over HK$2million ($279,549) in Macau after outclassing a field which included the likes of Patrik Antonius, Rainer Kempe and eventual runner-up David Peters.
– and to double the celebration, she then watched boyfriend Alex Foxen take down the Super High Roller the next day!
The partypoker pro has been on a roll of late, winning the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas in December and cementing her place at the top of the woman’s rankings, her tournament earnings now sitting at over $1.5million.
"What drives me is definitely competition, I'm just always trying to get better as a player”, she told the PokerStars blog after her heads-up victory against Peters, the rest of the 117 strong field for the HK$80,000 buy-in left trailing in their wake.
"Women are crushing this year; it's pretty insane!" she enthused, barely 2 weeks after International Women’s Day which saw poker’s traditionally weaker and less-represented sex celebrating recent victories.
With a prizefund of over US$1milllion up for grabs, the High Roller event finished on St Patrick’s Day, although there was no Irish player among the multi-national final table. There were 2 Englishmen, 2 Chinese and 2 Americans in the mix, but it was to be a Canadian, and first-ever female, triumph at the Macau City of Dreams casino.
Afterwards she explained:
"The money is one aspect, and it's great for poker, but it's really not what drives me that much. It's really the competition and me feeling comfortable to play against the best players in the world. It really is fun for me. I just love poker, and it's fun! So if I can keep making money and doing this; I'm happy."
To make things even better, she watched on as her boyfriend Foxen took down almost US$1million in the Super High Roller, finishing ahead of Sam Greenwood (3rd for $449,938), Patrik Antonius (6th and $204,378) while Isaac ‘Ike’ Haxton took 9th spot for $95,623.
Final table results
|4||Felix Daniel Schulze||$101,642|
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