Every year dozens of well-known poker pros converge on the Rio to play in World Series of Poker events, so it is nothing unusual to spot numerous pros in the same event. Even so, Event #17, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Holdem, was a true gathering of the who’s who of poker.
There was a lot of excitement in the tournament arena at the Rio this week as two of the most famous Phil’s in poker, (Hellmuth and Ivey) both final tabled events on the same day. Both men were trying for bracelets in events they had never struck gold in before. Phil Ivey was trying to win his first Holdem bracelet; Phil Hellmuth was trying to win one for something other than Holdem –which he did in Event #18.
For Ivey however, things didn’t go as well in Event #17, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Holdem, as they did for Hellmuth in his Razz event.
On Day 3 as the original field of 179 players dwindled to just 17, the rail came alive with spectators and fans lined up to see if Phil Ivey could snag his ninth gold bracelet. After boycotting the 2011 WSOP, it seems everyone wanted to watch the man that many call the greatest player in the world, make a comeback in a golden fashion.
Among the 17 final players were Barry Greenstein, Scott Fischman, Dan O'Brien, Hoyt Corkins, David Benyamine, Chris Klodnicki, Shaun Deeb, Andy Frankenberger, and Antonio Esfandiari – all going for the gold and $182,793 in first place prize money. In the end however, it would be Andy Frankenberger, collecting his second bracelet and $445,889 as Ivey had to settle for runner-up and $275,559. Ivey also received plenty of sympathy from the other Phil, who knows all too well how second place can hurt after he finished runner-up three times last year.
Andy Frankenberger is not new to the ups and downs of poker. He has over $2,500,000 in tournament winnings including 1st place in the WPT $5,000 No Limit Championship event at the Legends of Poker in 2010, 1st place in the WSOP $1,500 No Limit Holdem in 2011, 1st place in the $25,000 Mixed Game Championships in 2011, along with other tournament cashes in his two years of playing the tournament circuit full-time.
While all eyes may have been on Phil Ivey’s bracelet quest, the player to watch was Andy Frankenberger for taking down his second WSOP gold bracelet and playing through to the winner’s circle. Congratulations Andy!
Andy’s interview after his win:
Final Table Results:
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