WSOP Event #17: Frankenberger Wins, Ivey Second at $10,000 PLH

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2012. June 12.
The 17th event at the WSOP 2012 ended with the victory of Andy Frankenberger, but poker superstar Phil Ivey also made it to the final heads-up.
The third day of the WSOP Event #17 Pot Limit Hold'em started out with 17 players, and it was lead by the French tournament pro, Manuel Bevand. He was chased by a tough field that included pros such as Hoyt Corkins, Shaun Deeb, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Andy Frankenberger and David Benyamine. Bevand managed to keep the lead, and as the very tough final table formed, he had the second biggest chipstack after the 8-time WSOP champion Phil Ivey.

Seat 1. Ali Eslami - 730,000
Seat 2. Matt Marafioti - 455,000     
Seat 3. Phil Ivey - 1,185,000     
Seat 4. Manuel Bevand - 1,095,000     
Seat 5. Hoyt Corkins - 260,000     
Seat 6. Andy Frankenberger - 435,000
Seat 7. Alex Venovski - 490,000     
Seat 8. Daniel Weinman - 390,000
Seat 9. Shaun Deeb - 330,000


Bevand, sitting on the second biggest stack quickly took the lead from Ivey by eliminating Hoyt Corkins, whom he defeated with two pairs on the turn.

Daniel Weinman was eliminated next; he couldn't beat Frankenberger's queens with his {#}K {#}Q. Soon Matt Marafioti followed suit, who was eliminated by Ali Eslami, whose 165,000 raise was answered by Marafioti's all in.

Eslami: {#}K {#}9
Marafioti: {#}A {#}Q

Board: {#}Q {#}8 {#}K {#}4 {#}J


Eslami took the pot with a top pair. Marafioti still had 15,000, but he was out in the next hand.

On the 26th blind level, Andy Frankenberger opened to 125,000 from the button, the BB Shaun Deeb went all-in with 425,000, Frankenberger called, and showed a pair of sixes. Deeb showed {#}A {#}K, and on the {#}J {#}T {#}6 {#}Q {#}Q board he lost with a straight to Frankenberger's full house.

Chipcount at the dinner break:

Manuel Bevand - 1,555,000
Ali Eslami - 1,205,000
Phil Ivey - 945,000     
Andy Frankenberger - 935,000
Alexander Venovski - 730,000


Bevand took the chiplead by the 27th blind level; however, he was the next to be eliminated. First he lost a flip to Frankenberger, and his A-K were beaten, and then Ivey took the remainder of his chips in a clash of Ivey's K-9 and Bevand's 6-4.

4-handed play ended with the elimination of Alex Venovski, who called Ivey's 4bet with 700,000.

Venovski: {#}A {#}Q
Ivey: {#}7 {#}7

Board: {#}6 {#}J {#}2 {#}2 {#}3


Ivey took the pot and the chiplead as well.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey - 2,630,000
Ali Eslami - 1,915,000
Andy Frankenberger - 825,000


The heads-up formulated on the 29th blind level. Frankenberger doubled up on Eslami with pocket rockets against A-K, then Ivey won a flip with pocket aces against Eslami's K-Q.

Phil Ivey - 2,600,000
Andy Frankenberger - 2,550,000


Ivey started the heads-up better; he managed to take down some minor pots, but then Frankenberger took the lead by taking a bigger one. In this specific hand, Ivey raised to 250,000, Frankenberger called. The flop came {#}Q {#}3 {#}A. Both players checked, the turn was {#}T. Frankenberger checked, Ivey bet 240,000. Frankenberger raised to 650,000, Ivey called. The {#}4 river brought check-check, Ivey mucked his hand when Frankenberger showed {#}K {#}6.

In half an hour, the tournament was over. In the last hand, Frankenberger raised to 300,000, Ivey called. The flop came {#}A {#}5 {#}4. Ivey checked, Frankenberger bet 130,000 to which Ivey raised the pot, Frankenberger insta-called. Both players were all-in.

Ivey: {#}7 {#}6
Frankenberger: {#}A {#}J

Turn: {#}5
River: {#}5


Frankenberger took the pot down with a full house, winning his second WSOP bracelet.

Andy Frankenberger
Andy Frankenberger

Final Results:

1. Andy Frankenberger - $445,899
2. Phil Ivey - $275,559
3. Ali Eslami - $199,623
4. Alexander Venovski - $147,345
5. Manuel Bevand - $110,731
6. Shaun Deeb - $84,668
7. Matt Marafioti - $65,840
8. Daniel Weinman - $52,059
9. Hoyt Corkins - $41,829


Frankenberger's current victory adds to his enormous amount of live tournament winnings of $2,527,007. The businessman only started tournament poker in 2010, and since then he cashed at many major tournaments including the WPT Legends of Poker $5,000 main event ($750,000) and the 2011 WSOP $1,500 NLHE event ($599,153). On the other hand, Frankenberger's victory has been highly criticised by the poker community recently. Many players are concerned that Frankenberger is not a good poker player at all, only tremendously lucky, mostly referring to his bad plays which have aired on television. You can watch two examples of such plays below, and you are free to decide for yourself who is right.



Frankenberger against Mizzi from 4:30:



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