Jorden Fox wins first coveted WSOP gold bracelet by outlasting a 3,253-entry field in Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em of the 2019 World Series of Poker. He received $420,693 for his accomplishment, overcoming a final table that included the likes of bracelet winner Jeffrey Smith and music supervisor Scott Vener.
This fast-paced event stretched into an originally unscheduled Day 3 due to its massive field, with 11 players returning to battle for the tourney’s largest payouts and the bigger share of a huge $2,927,700 prize pool.
Fox moved his career WSOP earnings to $788,178 with the largest cash of his career and his 12th WSOP cash overall, including a run to the final three tables in the 2018 WSOP Main Event. The 32-year-old Fox, who lives in Los Angeles, finished off his triumph by eliminating Jayachandra Gangaiah for the title.
Gangaiah, of Peoria, Arizona, collected $259,834 for the near miss on his own first bracelet win, while also improving on his previous best WSOP performance, a 16th-place finish in this same tournament one year ago.
Third-place winnings of $191,789 went to this final table’s only prior bracelet winner, Jeffrey Smith, of Carlsbad, California, who earned $191,789. France’s Simon Legat finished fourth for $142,648 in his first-ever WSOP cash.
Fox first gained attention in the poker world last July, when he logged a 27th-place finish in the Main Event worth $282,630, his largest cash until today. He’s a full-time poker pro these days after previously working in film production and mobile tech.
“It’s the most amazing thing,” said Fox, moments after his win. “I’m about to have a baby next month. I was only here to play three tournaments and this was the third one. I took 27th in the Main Event last year, which I thought was the best run ever, but this one was amazing. The field was really good and big, and the turbo structure was fantastic.”
Fox caught one big break on his way to the win, when his A-Q cracked Smith’s pocket aces. “I played with Jeff a lot; he was really good, probably the best player, I thought, in the rest of the field. We played a lot together yesterday. We kind of got into a raising war there; we were three- or four-handed and he woke up with aces. I flopped a queen and I knew I had a little bit of life there, and the queen on the turn was magic. I knew I had to win the tournament after that.”
As for the big score, Fox’s immediate thought was, “I”m going to buy a lot of baby diapers! And probably presents for my wife, and… I don’t know… probably keep living nice and playing poker. I’ve been playing poker for 12 years, and to win a bracelet now, at 32, is an absolute dream come true.”
Fox hasn’t played as much poker in recent months following his 2018 Main Event run, but he promised himself a three-event trip to the Rio, along with three other poker-playing family members. Those included his barely-restrained father, who led the charge through the rail to celebrate Jorden’s win and to relay the news back to family in Los Angeles. Fox has to return home in the morning, and won’t return again this series, but he hopes to play a fuller WSOP slate in 2020.
Fox led Gangaiah by roughly 10:1 when their heads-up duel began, though Gangaiah did double up twice to make it interesting. However, Gangaiah’s rally ended in another all-in preflop hand, where Fox jammed with and Gangaiah called it off with . Agan Fox hit the flop, which brought . Gangaiah needed a deuce or runner-runner help to survive, but a turn and river instead sealed Fox’s triumph.
2019 WSOP Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack NLH Results
|1||Jorden Fox||United States||$420,693|
|2||Jayachandra Gangaiah||United States||$259,834|
|3||Jeffrey Smith||United States||$191,789|
|5||Marco Garcia||United States||$106,917|
|6||Ryan Teves||United States||$80,760|
|7||Scott Vener||United States||$61,480|
|8||Andrew Glauberg||United States||$47,173|