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Chris Bell Wins 2010 World Series of Poker Circuit Northeast Regional Championship

Bell Earns $358,295 For The Victory


Chris BellThe 2010 World Series of Poker Circuit Northeast Regional Champion is none other than poker veteran Chris Bell from Raleigh, North Carolina. Bell outlasted a top-notch final table that included Micah Raskin, Todd Terry, Nick Mitchell, Andy Frankenberger and his eventual heads-up opponent, Chris Klodnicki.

It was a long and grueling final table with seven hours elapsing before the first player busted out. In the end, it was the two chip leaders who were left to battle it out for the title and the first place prize of $358,295.

It took a bit of a cooler, but the chips eventually went in the middle with Bell’s set of threes outlasting Klodnicki’s top pair and open-ended straight draw. Klodnicki was fighting for an unprecedented back-to-back victory, but ultimately fell just short.

The win was Bell’s second major of the year after earning his first gold bracelet in event no. 46 of this summer’s WSOP. His lifetime winnings now total over $2.5 million.

Here’s a look at the final results.

1. Chris Bell — $358,295
2. Chris Klodnicki — $221,452
3. Ketan Pandya — $159,851
4. Micah Raskin — $117,457
5. Todd Terry — $87,808
6. Andy Frankenberger — $66,758
7. Jason Burt — $51,607
8. Nick Mitchell — $40,538
9. Seth Fischer — $32,362

Here’s how the action went down according to Card Player’s live updates page.

Jason Burt Eliminated in Ninth Place ($32,362)

Seth FischerJason Burt raised to 35,000 on the button and Seth Fischer moved all in for his last 143,000 from the big blind.

Burt instantly called with pocket jacks, which were ahead of Fischer’s AClub Suit8Club Suit. The board ran out KHeart Suit9Heart Suit8Heart Suit2Club Suit3Diamond Suit and Fischer was eliminated in ninth place.

Nick Mitchell Eliminated in Eighth Place ($40,538)

Nick MitchellNick Mitchell raised from under the gun and was called by Micah Raskin in the small blind. The flop came down 10Heart Suit6Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and Raskin led for 50,000.

Mitchell called and the turn was the 3Spade Suit. Raskin bet 100,000 and Mitchell called. The river was the JHeart Suit and Raskin checked. Mitchell then moved all in for about 150,000 and Raskin instantly called with 10Spade Suit2Spade Suit for flopped two pair. Mitchell had AHeart SuitJSpade Suit for a rivered pair of jacks but it wasn’t enough, sending him out in eighth place.

Jason Burt Eliminated in Seventh Place ($51,607)

Jason BurtAndy Frankenberger raised to 35,000 and Jason Burt moved all in behind him for 224,000. Chris Klodnicki asked for an exact count and then casually slid out a call, which made Chris Bell rise from his seat.

Bell stood over his cards for a bit before announcing he was all in for an additional 395,000, which made Frankenberger instantly muck his hand. The action went back to Klodnicki and he went into the tank for about a minute before mucking.

Burt showed AClub Suit8Club Suit, but he was in obvious bad shape against Bell’s QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. The board fell 7Spade Suit6Spade Suit6Club Suit4Spade Suit2Spade Suit and Burt was eliminated in seventh place.

Andy Frankenberger Eliminated in Sixth Place ($66,758)

Andy FrankenbergerOn a flop of AHeart Suit5Club Suit4Diamond Suit, Andy Frankenberger bet 75,000 and Chris Klodnicki raised to 150,000. Frankenberger then moved all in and Klodnicki instantly called with AClub SuitKSpade Suit.

Frankenberger had some outs with the ASpade Suit2Spade Suit, but the turn and river came KHeart Suit9Club Suit to send him to the rail in sixth place.

Todd Terry Eliminated in Fifth Place ($87,808)

Todd TerryTodd Terry moved all in for his last 126,000 and Chris Klodnicki reraised to 210,000 to isolate.

Everyone else folded and Terry showed QHeart Suit3Heart Suit, which was at least drawing live against Klodnicki’s AClub Suit8Heart Suit. The board rolled out ADiamond Suit8Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit9Heart Suit2Heart Suit and Terry was eliminated in fifth place.

Micah Raskin Eliminated in Fourth Place ($117,457)

Micah RaskinChris Klodnicki raised to 45,000 on the button and Micah Raskin moved all in from the big blind. Klodnicki instantly called with 6Heart Suit6Diamond Suit and was racing against Raskin’s KClub Suit10Heart Suit.

The board came ASpade Suit9Heart Suit8Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit and Raskin was eliminated in fourth place.

Ketan Pandya Eliminated in Third Place ($159,851)

Ketan PandyaKetan Pandya raised to 55,000 on the button and Chris Klodnicki reraised to 175,000 from the small blind.

Chris Bell then announced he was all in and the action went back to Pandya for a decision on his tournament life. Pandya agonized for several minutes before deciding to call with his 10Diamond Suit10Spade Suit, but he looked worse after seeing Bell’s QSpade SuitQHeart Suit.

The board fell 9Spade Suit8Spade Suit4Club Suit4Spade SuitQDiamond Suit and Bell’s hand held to send Pandya packing in third place.

Chris Klodnicki Eliminated in Second Place ($221,452), Chris Bell Wins 2010 Northeast Regional Championship ($358,295)

Chris KlodnickiChris Bell raised to 75,000 on the button and Chris Klodnicki reraised to 225,000. Bell called and the flop came down 6Club Suit5Diamond Suit3Heart Suit.

Klodnicki bet 260,000 and Bell moved all in. Klodnicki called and showed 6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit for top pair and an open-ended straight draw, but his outs were limited against Bell’s 3Club Suit3Spade Suit.

The turn and river fell 9Diamond SuitQClub Suit and Bell won the massive pot, but the room stayed silent. Most were under the impression that Klodnicki had him covered, but a long, drawn out count of each player’s stack confirmed that Bell had enough chips to call it a tournament then and there. With no rebate coming his way, Klodnicki was officially eliminated in second place.