Weekly Poker News: January 4-8, 2021

Featured in this article:

  • Benny Binion tournament comes to close
  • Foxen dominates high roller event
  • Jung wins WSOP Circuit Series Marathon

There were a number of big winners on the poker circuit this week with plenty of players collecting big prizes to end the calendar year. Let’s take a look back and recap what went down in the tournaments:

South Point’s Benny Binion Shootout Poker Tournament Comes To A Close

It was a fantastic day for William Firebaugh at the Binion Shootout Poker Tournament as he was able to conquer the field of 128 entries in order to win the first ever win at the event. The tournament took place at the South Point Poker Room in Las Vegas, Nevada and had a buy-in of $2,050. In total, this no-limit hold’em that ended up forming a $256,000 prize pool that would eventually be split up among the top 16 finishers.

Firebaugh was able to overcome a final push from Nicholas Pupillo in order to claim the top prize in the event of $100,000. This would-be Firebaugh’s fire recorded score of six figures as his previous career high was back in the 2019 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $600 big-blind ante event. He was able to take home $36,219 from that event. This win now brings his total up to $373,530 career tournament earnings.

He was also given 264 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion. This happened to be his second POY qualified score of this year after winning the $400 buy-in event at the Hard Rock Casino earlier this year. He now ranks in the top 500 players in the 2020 POY race.

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Foxen Dominated The High Roller Poker Events

Alex Foxen was in rare form this weekend, nearly claiming several big wins. He was able to finish in the top two throughout all three events of the High Roller Poker Series, which took place at the Wynn Poker room in Las Vegas. Foxen participated in the final three events on the schedule and he definitely saved his best for last. The first event was only able to gather 19 entries but with a buy-in of $10,000, a $190,000 prize pool was set to be split among the top three finishers. Foxen ended up finishing in second place in the event, losing to Aram Zobian but still bringing in $57,000.

His next event had a total of 20 entries and a $200,000 prize pool. Foxen once again finished in second place but brought home $60,000. Lastly, the third and final event picked up 20 entries and another $200,000 prize pool. This time, Foxen had emerged victories by defeating Zobian and taking home $108,000. Foxen had been able to cash in $225,000 combined from all three of those events. Not bad for a weekend of work.

Jung Wins World Series Of Poker Circuit Series Marathon

The WSOPC $600 Marathon no-limit hold’em has officially come to a close. The event lasted around 13 total hours with South Korean native Seungmook Jung taking home the first-place prize. Jung was able to accomplish this by defeating the other 1,264 entries and pick up the largest prize of $96,714 out of the $720,480 prize pool.

It’s not the first time Jung’s has picked up a big win, though, as he had previously cashed out in a few events during the WSOP Online earlier this year. However, his win today tops all of his other finishes, doubling his previous career high of $43,040. He was able to win that for finishing in seventh place in the WSOP Online $1,000 no-limit hold’em 6-handed event.

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