Alex Foxen Takes Down May PLB; Rockets to #7 in Rankings

Alex Foxen crushed the massive spring online series to take down the PocketFives May PLB title. (photo WPT)

Alex Foxen won the PocketFives May PLB title.

Yes, that Alex Foxen. The live poker crusher, high-rolling sensation that is also the current (and continuing) record holder as the longest-standing #1-ranked player on the GPI.

Foxen (5,103.05 PLB points) has been on an absolute rocketship flight up through the online poker rankings, currently sitting at a career-high mark of #7 in the world. Much of his ability to break into the elite ranks of the top 10 came thanks to his massive month of May.

In between lining up bracelet bets for the World Series of Poker, Fox spent most of May, in Canada, grinding online. He put up 98 cashes, 13 of which resulted in five-figures cashes. Of course, the highlight of Foxen’s May was his title run during PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker where he won Event #54-H ($530 NLHE Eight Max Zoom) for $68,904.

He also added a partypoker KO Series title to his online poker resume by taking down Event #29-HR for $64,916 on the same day he finished in third place in Event #27-HR for another $36,885.

Foxen racked up 20 PLB-qualifying results for an enormous total of over 5,100 PLB points. To put that total in perspective, if he’d never played a single online tournament and turned in this performance in a single month, he’d be instantly ranked in the top 150 players in the world. But add that number to his running total, and now he’s crashed through to the top 10.

But the online grind is just that – a grind. If a player wants to stay atop the rankings they need to continuously play online. With the World Series of Poker upon us and Foxen in Las Vegas grinding bracelet events rather than Sunday Majors, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to repeat this performance in June.

But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t if he wanted to.

PocketFives May Monthly PLB Leaderboard

1 Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen 5103.05
2 Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva 4905.15
3 ‘C Darwin2’ 4793.56
4 Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard 4733.95
5 ‘DamageAP’ 4725.86
6 Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell 4580.92
7 ‘Discoovery’ 4507.39
8 ‘lena900’ 4483.96
9 Kahle ‘roflshove’ Burns 4273.7
10 Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth 4259.65

Nearly equally impressive was the month had by Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva (4905.15) who found himself only 197.90 points behind Foxen. The spring online series schedules from PokerStars and partypoker gave everyone a chance to load up on tournaments and pick up hefty amounts of PLB points and Silva did just that. He soared to a career-high ranking of #22 in the world and #2 for the month of May.

Silva accumulated 18 PLB point qualifying scores but none were bigger than his current online career-defining victory in PokerStars SCOOP Event #31-H ($2,100 NLHE $1M GTD) where he took a home an all-time high score of $249,850 and a massive 1,200,83 PLB point boost.

The Swedish Sensation, ’C Darwin2’ (4793.56) took third on the Monthly PLB leaderboard in May thanks to some spectacular scores during the spring series. Like the rest of the Swedish crowd that he runs with (‘lena900’, ‘Sheater’, ‘Greenstone25’) ‘C Darwin2’ is all about volume and in the month of May he didn’t disappoint. He recorded nearly twice as many cashes as Foxen playing just about every tournament he could register for. Even though he was slipping down the rankings for the better part of the month, on May 20 he took down the partypoker KO Series Event #27 ($1M GTD Championship Event) for over $215,000 and 1004.89 PLB points.

Anyone who may have thought that ‘C Darwin2’s time in the upper echelons of the rankings had passed better look again, he’s currently sitting ranked #4 in the world.

Just before he headed to Las Vegas to grind the WSOP, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (4733.95) was looking to get back to #1 in world. He almost got there too, climbing back as high as number #3 thanks to a solid month of May.

Leonard takes the #4 spot on the May PLB leaderboard after putting in work nearly every day during the large online spring series. The partypoker ambassador picked up two KO Series titles including a win in Event #4-HR for $61,765 and 550,40 PLB points and another in Event #11-HR for another $49,738. His victory in the May 19 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up also brought him $57,191 and 551.36 PLB points.

Latvia’s ‘DamageAP’ (4725.86) completes the top 5 in May picking up a career-high online score of $175,730 for his victory in the partypoker KO Series $1M GTD Championship Event. He also racked up 1,041.37 PLB points with the win and he currently sits as the #10 ranked player in the world.