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World Poker Tour -- Andrew Frankenberger Wins Legends of Poker

Frankenberger Takes Home $750,000 and his First WPT Title

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2010 WPT Legends Champion Andrew Frankenberger with the Royal Flush GirlsAndrew Frankenberger held the chip lead at the start of the final table at the 2010 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. He didn’t keep the chip lead from wire-to-wire but he regained control when it mattered and at the end of the night he held all of the chips in play.

Frankenberger was awarded $750,000 and his first major tournament title for the win. He won a $2,000 no-limit hold’em preliminary event at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza in June and took home $162,110. Frankenberger has now cashed five times in 2010 and he holds just under $1 million in winnings for the year.

Here is a look at the seating chart (with chip counts) when the final table began:

Seat 1. Jared Jaffee — 1,006,000
Seat 2. Kyle Wilson — 2,854,000
Seat 3. Tom Lee — 2,915,000
Seat 4. Franco Brunetti — 800,000
Seat 5. Andrew Frankenberger — 3,015,000
Seat 6. Tom Braband — 968,000

Play began slowly at the final table and it took more than 50 hands for Franco Brunetti to fall in sixth place. Tom Braband doubled up through Brunetti to cripple him and he fell a later hand when Braband hit a jack-high straight on the river to eclipse his pair of tens. The next player to fall did so rather quickly and it was Jared Jaffee. He was all in with jacks up, but Kyle Wilson ushered him to the rail in fifth place with trip sevens.

Over an hour later Braband’s time of reckoning was at hand. Once again Wilson scored the knockout punch, this time with a set of nines busting Braband in fourth place. The battle for third place was the toughest of the night, lasting three-and-a-half hours. Frankenberger doubled up twice during this stretch to survive.

The blinds eventually caught up with the final three and something had to give. Tom Lee exited in third place when his ace-high fell to the ace-high flush held by Frankenberger. The multiple double ups in addition to the chips he picked up off of Lee gave Frankenberger a better than three-to-one chip advantage over Wilson at the start of the heads-up final.

Wilson had improved on the sixth-place finish he recorded at the Legends of Poker last year, but he once again missed the championship title. He fell in second place a short time into heads-up play. His A-3 was behind the A-9 of Frankenberger throughout the last hand of the event. Frankenberger even found a 9 on the flop to solidify his victory as the WPT Legends of Poker champion.

Final-Table Results:

1: Andrew Frankenberger — $750,000
2: Kyle Wilson — $370,000
3: Tom Lee — $174,772
4: Tom Braband — $109,000
5: Jared Jaffee — $86,000
6: Franco Brunetti — $63,000

Here is a look at the bustout hands as featured on CardPlayer.com’s live updates:

Franco BrunettiFranco Brunetti Eliminated in Sixth Place ($63,000)

Kyle Wilson raised to 80,000 from the button and Franco Brunetti reraised all in from the big blind for 120,000. Wilson made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Wilson: 8Heart Suit 6Club Suit
Brunetti: KClub Suit 3Spade Suit

Board: AClub Suit 6Spade Suit 2Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit QDiamond Suit

Wilson won the hand with a pair of sixes and he grew his stack to 3,670,000. Brunetti was eliminated in sixth place on the hand and he will take home $63,000 in prize money.

Jared JaffeeJared Jaffee Eliminated in Fifth Place ($86,000)

Tom Braband min-raised from the button and both Jared Jaffee (small blind) and Kyle Wilson (big blind) made the call. The flop was dealt JSpade Suit 7Heart Suit 4Club Suit and all three players checked.

The 7Diamond Suit fell on the turn and Jaffee checked. Wilson bet 200,000 and Braband made the call. Jaffee raised all in for 620,000 and Wilson made the call after spending some time in the tank. Braband mucked and the two live players turned over their cards:

Wilson: 9Club Suit 7Spade Suit
Jaffee: QClub Suit JHeart Suit

River: KSpade Suit

Jaffee was eliminated on the hand in fifth place and he took home $86,000 in prize money. Wilson grew his chip stack to 4,375,000.

Tom BrabandTom Braband Eliminated in Fourth Place ($109,000)

Kyle Wilson raised under the gun and Tom Lee mucked. Lee accidentally flipped over the 2Heart Suit as he released his cards. Tom Braband reraised all in for 810,000. Wilson made the call and they revealed their cards:

Braband: KDiamond Suit JHeart Suit
Wilson: 9Heart Suit 9Spade Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit 4Club Suit 8Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit

Wilson made a set on the river and he grew his stack to 4,030,000. Braband was eliminated in fourth place and he was awarded $109,000.

Tom LeeTom Lee Eliminated in Third Place ($174,772)

Tom Lee moved all in preflop for 480,000 from the button and Andrew Frankenberger made the call from the small blind. Kyle Wilson also made the call from the big blind.

The two live players then checked down a board of KClub Suit 9Heart Suit 4Spade Suit QClub Suit JClub Suit before Frankenberger bet 400,000.

Wilson mucked and Lee turned over AHeart Suit 8Spade Suit. Frankenberger showed down AClub Suit 7Club Suit and he won the hand to take his chip stack up to 8,960,000. Lee busted in third place and he will take home $174,772 in prize money.

Kyle WilsonAndrew Frankenberger Wins 2010 WPT Legends of Poker ($750,000) — Kyle Wilson Eliminated in Second Place ($370,000)

Andrew Frankenberger raised to 275,000 preflop and Kyle Wilson moved all in for 2,650,000. Frankenberger made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Wilson: ADiamond Suit 3Diamond Suit
Frankenberger: AClub Suit 9Club Suit

Board: 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 5Club Suit JHeart Suit 6Spade Suit

Wilson was eliminated in second place after finishing in sixth place at the Legends of Poker one year ago. He will take home $370,000 in prize money.

Andrew Frankenberger is the champion of the 2010 WPT Legends of Poker and he will take home the $750,000 top prize, a WPT bracelet, and the Wild Bill Hickok Trophy. He also takes home a seat in the Season IX $25,000 WPT Championship.