Andy Frankenberger, who took home a prize of $445,899, won event 17 at this year’s WSOP that was held at the packed Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em tournament saw many big names at the final table where Frankenberger eventually defeated eight-time WSOP champion, Phil Ivey, who took a consolation prize of $275,559.
Also at the table were Ali Eslami who went to the rail in third place, Shaun Deeb took sixth spot, Matt Marafioti was seventh and Hoyt Corkins came ninth. Once Ivey had defeated Eslami, he went heads-up with Frankenberger. With their chip stacks almost level, Ivey had a small advantage with 2.6 million to Frankenberger’s 2,550,000. However, with the blinds at 50,000 and 100,000, it made little difference.
Ivey then attempted to keep up with Phil Hellmuth’s record, but Frankenberger showed his skill and eventually triumphed to take the title.
At the final hand, Frankenberger raised to 300,000 and Ivey made the call. Then came the flop and Ivey checked. Frankenberger then bet 130,000. Ivey raised the pot and Frankenberger called, which led to his victory. Ivey showed an open-ended straight draw, while Frankenberger showed a top pair. The turn changed nothing and Frankenberger’s river clinched the championship.
This was Frankenberger’s second bracelet in two years, and against the man that many consider the all-time greatest poker player. Below are the top 10 placings for Event 17: