Elio Fox: Profile Of A WSOPE ChampionOctober 21, 2011 6:25 am
US pro Elio Fox has just earned his first gold bracelet after winning the €10,400 WSOPE Main Event Championship in Cannes for a massive €1,400,000 ($2,008,320) payday.
The 25-year-old poker pro from New York started the final table as the chip leader and proceeded to put his unassailable big-stack to good use, eventually defeating UK pro Chris Moorman heads-up to win the prestigious tournament.
The professional attitude which helped Elio Fox take down the Main Event was reflected in the controlled manner in which he received his huge prize and his comment afterwards, as he explained:
“I think the most important thing to me is knowing whether I played well, or not…Obviously, I am ecstatic that I won this. It’s an amazing feeling. But it’s also important to keep the important stuff in mind. I mean, winning a big title isn’t everything.”
Elio Fox first started playing poker while studying at Bard College before then pursuing the game full time after graduating. Having cashed in at his first live tournament in 2010 at the NAPT $4,700 NL Main Event for $23,000, this year has really seen Fox’s results skyrocket.
In June, 2011, Fox won the $1,590 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III for $87,192, followed by victory at the $10k Bellagio Cup VII for $669,692, then a 31st place finish at the €7,500 WPT Grand Prix de Paris for $16,025. His fledgling live tournament poker career has now reached a new milestone after his victory in Cannes which sees his live earnings reach $2,804,141.
However, Elio Fox was an internet pro before he took to the live circuit and also has another $2,538,930 in online winnings under the screen name ‘smokrokbyflock’ to add to his career winnings which now exceeds $5 million.
There is little doubt the talented US pro will continue thriving in his chosen career, which has rewarded him so well over just a few short years, and as he explains:
“I like living a lifestyle that involves a lot of freedom. I don’t like being on a set routine. The idea of going to the same job every day over and over for 10 hours a day sounds like horrible to me. Poker is just the opposite of that. It is also extremely interesting. You are constantly learning new things. There is always more to learn.”