– General Introduction –
Kristen Bicknell is a Canadian professional poker player. She was born on December 29th, 1986 in St. Catharines, Ontario. She has two WSOP bracelets, one from the 2013 Ladies Event and one from the 2016 $1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold’em event. She’s one of the highest ranked female poker players in the world – she won the GPI Female Poker Player of the Year Award in 2018 and in 2019. She’s also a prolific online poker player, winning over $1 million on MTT’s on both PokerStars and partypoker.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2006: She starts playing online poker in her freshman year of college.
- 2013: She wins her first WSOP gold bracelet in the $1,000 NLHE Ladies Event for $173,922.
- 2016: She wins her second WSOP gold bracelet in the $1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold’em event for $290,768.
- 2018: She appears on PokerGO’s revived version of Poker After Dark, the classic high stakes poker show.
- 2018: She finishes second in a $10K partypoker POWERFEST event for $210,000. That is her biggest single online tournament cash to date.
– Kristen Bicknel’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Bicknell’s bio on partypoker claims she “fell in love instantly” with poker when she took part in a college poker night with her friends.
In an interview for PokerGO, she said that she often watched the classic NBC poker show Poker After Dark. She particularly liked Jennifer Hartman, one of the best female players, who she drew great inspiration from to play the game.
She started her career as an online player during her freshman year at college, playing MTT’s on PokerStars under the screen name krissyb24, and on Full TIlt under the screen name krissy24.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Bicknell’s Hendon page shows 86 individual ITM finishes for a combined $3,278,115. That puts her in the top 50 among Canadian players, and in the top 500 among all players.
Her first recorded live cash is from May 2006, when she came in 13th in a $200 tournament at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, WI and won $845. Her first 6-figure cash is from the 2013 WSOP.
The biggest single tournament cash of her career is $328,500. She earned that sum by finishing 11th out of a field of over 1,000 players in the $25K PSPC Players Championship in 2019.
Her other major live tournament achievements include a victory at a HK$80,000 Asia Pacific Poker Tour high roller event for $279,549 from 2018; another victory in a $5K event at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $199,840; a runner-up finish in another $5K event, this time at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series for $200,000 from 2017; as well as a 6th place finish in a A$100K Aussie Millions tournament for $209,010 from 2019.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Kristen Bicknell has won 2 WSOP bracelets. This makes her tied in 2nd place among female players, behind Vanessa Selbst (3 bracelets) and tied with her personal idol, Jennifer Harman.
Her first World Series cash was her first bracelet as well. In 2013, she won the $1,000 Ladies Event – the WSOP tourney which only female players can register for. She got $173,922 for that title.
Her second bracelet is from 2016. This time, she claimed that after beating a “co-ed” field in the $1,500 Bounty NLHE tournament. She beat the Hungarian Norbert Szecsi heads-up for the $290,768 first prize.
Overall, Bicknell has 19 WSOP cashes for a combined $690,691. They come from 4 different WSOP’s – 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
→ Live Cash Games ←
In January 2018 Bicknell appeared on PokerGO’s revived version of the classic poker show Poker After Dark during their “Femme Fatale” week. She played a $100/$200 NLHE cash game session on a live stream in an all-female line-up.
She considered a great honor to appear on a PAD stream since, as we mentioned above, was a big fan of the original show, especially Jennifer Harman.
→ Online Poker ←
Bicknell started her poker career as an online MTT player. She began playing in 2006, during her freshman year in college under the screen name krissyb24 on PokerStars.
Her first recorded online MTT cash is from July 2006, from a $300 tournament on Stars in which she finished 17th for $918. A year later, in 2007, she bested a 2,477-player field in a $3 tournament and won $4,923. That is whooping 1,640% ROI on that tournament buy-in for her!
Overall, she has cashed for a total of $1,005,780 on her Stars account, according to PocketFives, a reliable online MTT database.
Her biggest single online tournament cash on that site is $31,680. She got that for finishing 2nd in a $1,050 6-max hyper-turbo tourney in 2019.
She also cashed for $28,764 in a $1K Sunday Warm-up tourney the same year after coming in 4th; and cashed for $28,508 in a $2.1K Sunday Cooldown event after coming in 2nd.
Despite all her success on Stars, she doesn’t actually have any WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) titles. Her highest finish in that famous online tournament series is 11th – she got that score in a $5,200 PLO event and earned $23,978 for it.
She started playing on partypoker in 2016. She uses the same moniker, krissyb24 there too. Her first cash on that account is a humble $45 she got after finishing 83rd in $22 tourney.
The biggest online tournament payday of her career is on partypoker. In May 2018 she finished second in a $10K POWERFEST event and won $210,061.
Later that year, in December 2018, she won a $2,600 buy-in tournament for which she got $54,138. She managed to top a field of 71 players. She also has first place finish in a POWERFEST event – POWERFEST is partypoker’s semi-annual tournament series, much akin to PokerStars’ WCOOP and SCOOP. In September 2018, she won the $215 PKO POWERFEST event for $21,898.
She has more tournament earnings on partypoker than on PokerStars – and impressively she’s passed $1 million on both sites. On partypoker, she has won a total of $1,175,104 playing online MTT’s.
→ Sponsorships ←
In 2017, Kristen Bicknell joined Team partypoker, a group of poker pros who are signed to promote the online poker room.
→ Scandals ←
In June 2018, Bicknell and her boyfriend, Alex Foxen were accused of soft playing against each other in the $5K DeepStack Championship NLHE tournament. The couple both made it in the final 3 where they made plays that made quite a few people in the poker community suspicious, including Doug Polk and the eventual third place finisher himself, the Australian Kahle Burns.
Some people believe that GPI Female Poker Player of the Year Award, the award Bicknell won in 2018 and 2019, is also controversial. Some in the poker industry feel that it is redundant to award the best player in one sex, since men and women compete in the same competitions in poker, unlike in physical sports. Cate Hall was one of the people who voiced this opinion while receiving her award in 2017.
– Kristen Bicknel’s Private Life –
As for her personal life, her boyfriend is fellow poker pro Alex Foxen. In March 2018, Bicknell won the HK$80,000 Asia Pacific Poker Tour High Roller for $279,549. The next day, her boyfriend, Foxen, won the HK$400,000 Super High Roller in the same tournament series for $963,880.
– Kristen Bicknel on Social Media –
Twitter: https://twitter.com/krissyb24poker 9,000 followers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristen_bicknell/ 6,000 followers
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