06/19/17 10:15:29 PM PDT
Chris Frank Wins Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em ($384,833)
Another young German player joined the ranks of World Series of Poker bracelet winners, as 22-year-old Chris Frank conquered a field of 1,698 to win Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $384,833.
Frank had already had quite a bit of success playing live tournaments, racking up north of $1 million in cashes before this win, but he was thrilled all the same, shouting with excitement as the last card peeled off the deck in his heads-up match with Ryan Leng.
"I don't think it really has sunk in yet," Frank said. "It's a very good feeling. I've been playing the live circuit for pretty long, and I've always dreamed of winning something big. Now, I've done it, so that's pretty cool."
Frank came in with one of the bigger stacks at the start of the day, but Leng was the one who dominated for most of Day 3. He had nearly double the chips of second-place Pratyush Buddiga when the unofficial final table got rolling. There was plenty of notable competition, as in addition to Buddiga, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Noah Vaillancourt, Max Pescatori and Michael Gagliano all made the final table.
Leng continued to crush, scoring the first four eliminations at the official final table — including the latter four notables listed above — and amassing nearly half of the chips in play.
"Ryan had good hands and played well and was busting people," Frank said of the early portions of the final table. "We were short-handed pretty quickly. Then, I just ran super good."
Indeed, Frank went on a heater at that point. His trademark move became the snappiest of snap-calls, wherein he'd be facing an all-in bet and splash in chips while turning over his cards in the blink of an eye.
First, it was ace-king against the threes of Grant Denison, hitting an ace on the river. Then, he three-bet aces against Buddiga, who four-bet shoved fours and went bust when neither he nor Frank improved. He made flush over flush and aces up over aces up against Leng to take a good chunk of his chips, as well.
Arkadiy Tsinis was the next victim of the snap-call, as he jammed jack-eight of diamonds and ran into Frank's ace-king of diamonds.
Frank had about a 3:1 lead heads-up against Leng, and it didn't take him long to finish the job, as it was over in about 20 hands, including a huge bluff catch by Frank with second pair.
"I think I played well, but I just had very good situations and spots, and it was pretty easy," Frank said.
The snap-calls, Frank said, are just a normal part of his game, and he characterized himself as an overall fast player.
"I had so many good hands!" he said. "I wanted to put my chips in."
While Leng had a decent-sized rail cheering him on, Frank noted about halfway through the final table that he had naught but ghosts on his side.
When some of the railbirds needled him gently about it, he fired back.
"I guess the reason the Germans have all the money is because they are grinding and not watching," he said.
"I guess these days, the Germans have won so much that an event like this isn't that exciting anymore," Frank said after he finished off Leng. "I have to win something bigger, then I'll get a bigger rail."
With just a hair under $1.5 million in cashes and a WSOP bracelet at age 22, it might not be long before that happens.
06/19/17 09:29:55 PM PDT
Ryan Leng Eliminated in 2nd Place ($237,776)
Hand #100: Ryan Leng raised to 175,000 on the button and quickly called all in when Christopher Frank shoved.
Leng was pleased to tell his rail he was ahead, but that changed in a hurry, as flopped to give Frank a leading pair of fours. Someone on Leng's rail called for the , but the fell instead. That did bring a few more outs for Leng, as a six would give him the winner. The dealer brought forth the , though, and Frank shouted his approval.
|Christopher Frank||12,735,000||1,600,000 |
|Ryan Leng||0||-1,600,000 |
06/19/17 09:24:57 PM PDT
Hands #93-99: Frank Chipping Away
Hand #93: Christopher Frank made it 150,000, and Ryan Leng called. Leng check-called 180,000, then 430,000 as the board rolled out . Finally, he folded to a river bet of 1,000,000.
Hand #94: Leng called on the button, and Frank made it 240,000 in the big blind. Leng called. The flop came , and Frank bet 200,000. Leng called. On the turn, Frank slowed down with a check, and Leng bet 375,000. Frank called. On the river, Frank checked and tank-folded to a bet of 555,000.
Hand #95: Leng got a walk.
Hand #96: Leng made it 175,000 on the button, and Frank called. The flop came , and Leng bet 210,000. Frank called. The German then check-called 525,000 on the turn, and the river was the , completing a couple of draws. Frank checked a final time, and Leng bet 1,250,000.
Frank thought for about 15 seconds and grimaced before splashing in a call.
"You're good," Leng said, flicking into the middle.
Frank had turned a pair with and took the pot.
Hand #97: Leng got a walk.
Hand #98: Leng called on the button, and Frank checked. Frank checked the flop, and Leng bet 65,000. Frank raised to 180,000 and got a quick fold.
Hand #99: Frank raised to 125,000 on the button, and Leng folded.
|Christopher Frank||11,135,000||1,700,000 |
|Ryan Leng||1,600,000||-1,700,000 |
06/19/17 09:11:19 PM PDT
Hands #84-92: Back and Forth
Hand #84: Christopher Frank opened, and Ryan Leng called. They checked to the turn of the board, where Frank bet 225,000, and Leng called. The river was the , and a Frank bet of 450,000 got Leng to fold.
Hand #85: Leng limped, Frank raised, and Leng called. The flop was , and Frank bet 250,000. Leng called. They checked through the turn, and on the river, Leng bet to win the pot.
Hand #86: Frank raised, and Leng called to see a flop. They checked through the the turn and river , where Leng bet 120,000, and Frank raised to 350,000. Leng called and mucked to the of Frank.
Hand #87: Leng opened, and they went to the turn of a board, where a bet from Leng won.
Hand #88: Frank raised, and Leng folded.
Hand #89: Leng opened, they saw a flop of , and Frank check-called a bet of 135,000. They checked through the turn, and on the river, they both checked again. Leng had to win.
Hand #90: Frank raised, and Leng folded.
Hand #91: Frank got a walk.
Hand #92: Leng opened, and and they saw a flop of . Frank checked, and Leng took the pot with a bet.
|Christopher Frank||9,435,000||300,000 |
|Ryan Leng||3,300,000||-300,000 |
06/19/17 08:53:46 PM PDT
Arkadiy Tsinis Eliminated in 3rd Place ($171,208)
Hand #83: Arkadiy Tsinis moved all in from the button, and Christopher Frank called before Ryan Leng's cards were even in the muck.
The flop brought , pairing Frank and leaving Tsinis in need of a king. The gave Frank a straight, though, and the river was the .
|Christopher Frank||9,135,000||2,235,000 |
|Ryan Leng||3,600,000||3,150,000 |
|Arkadiy Tsinis||0||-1,200,000 |
06/19/17 08:48:46 PM PDT
Hands #79-82: Flush Over Flush
Hand #79: Arkadiy Tsinis made it 150,000 in the small blind and won the pot.
Hand #80: Tsinis raised on the button and folded to a shove from Christopher Frank, defending his big blind aggressively.
Hand #81: Frank called the blind and folded to 210,000 from Tsinis.
Hand #82: Frank limped from the button, and Ryan Leng checked the big blind. After a couple of checks, the board read . Leng bet 150,000, and Frank called. On the river, Leng bet 360,000, and Frank instantly dropped in chips and flipped over . Leng showed for a weaker flush.
"I'm not sure if I'm supposed to raise there or not," Frank said with a laugh.
06/19/17 08:45:40 PM PDT
Hands #70-78: Christopher Frank Stepping Up a Gear
Hand #70: Arkadiy Tsinis raised from the small blind and won the pot.
Hand #71: Tsinis raised on the button, and Christopher Frank moved all in to win the pot.
Hand #72: Ryan Leng raised from the button, winning the blinds and antes.
Hand #73: Frank raised and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #74: Leng limped in the small blind, and Frank raised in the big blind to win the pot.
Hand #75: Frank limped in the small blind, and Tsinis checked his option in the big. The flop was , and a bet of 60,000 from Frank was called. The turn was the , and it checked through to the river. Frank bet 110,000, and Tsinis raised 250,000 but mucked when Frank called with .
Hand #76: Frank made it 130,000 from the button, and Leng called. The flop was . Frank bet 90,000 out of turn, and Leng called. The turn was the , where the confusion was realized, and they checked. The river was the , and Leng check-called another bet of 400,000. He mucked when Frank showed for a flush.
Hand #77: Tsinis raised and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #78: A continuation bet on the flop from Frank won a pot from Tsinis.
|Christopher Frank||6,900,000||1,125,000 |
|Ryan Leng||4,500,000||-660,000 |
|Arkadiy Tsinis||1,200,000||-985,000 |
06/19/17 08:32:07 PM PDT
Pratyush Buddiga Eliminated in 4th Place ($124,615)
Hand #69: Pratyush Buddiga opened to 125,000 on the button, and Christopher Frank made it 280,000 in the small blind. No sooner had Buddiga announced, "All in," for about 1.7 million than Frank's chips were in the middle and his on its back. Buddiga had and was looking for a sailboat, but the runout did not bring one.
|Christopher Frank||5,775,000||2,575,000 |
|Pratyush Buddiga||0||-2,300,000 |
06/19/17 08:29:01 PM PDT
Hands #67-68: Leng Chipping Up
Hand #67: Arkadiy Tsinis raised to 130,000 on the button, and Ryan Leng called in the small blind. Leng led out for 115,000 on the flop. Tsinis double-checked his holdings and called. On the turn, Leng check-called a bet of 175,000 from Tsinis. Both players checked as the river made a flush on board, and Leng showed for a flopped one to take the pot.
Hand #68: Leng raised to 125,000 on the button, and Frank called in the big blind. On the flop, Leng bet 130,000, and Frank check-raised to 380,000. Leng called, and they both checked the turn and river.
Frank rolled over for the nut low, and Leng won with .
|Ryan Leng||5,160,000||180,000 |
06/19/17 08:14:18 PM PDT
Level 28 started
06/19/17 08:13:24 PM PDT
Hands #65-66: Frank's Two Pair Beats Leng's
Hand #65: Ryan Leng called under the gun, Christopher Frank completed the blind, and Arkadiy Tsinis checked. Action checked to Leng on the flop, and he bet 85,000. Frank called, as did Tsinis. Frank came out betting 275,000 on the turn, and only Leng called. Frank fired 540,000 on the river, and Leng quickly called again.
Frank showed , besting the for two pair shown by Leng.
Hand #66: After unknown preflop action, Frank and Tsinis checked down the board, and the of Tsinis took the pot.
06/19/17 08:13:06 PM PDT
Hands 54-64: Jabs Back and Forth
Hand #54: Christopher Frank raised and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #55: Arkadiy Tsinis opened on the button, and Pratyush Buddiga called in the big blind. They went to the turn of a board reading , and a bet from Tsinis took it.
Hand #56: Buddiga limped the small blind and folded to a Frank raise.
Hand #57: Frank limped, and Tsinis checked. They went to the turn of a board, where a bet from Frank took it.
Hand #58: Frank raised on the button, and he folded to a Tsinis reraise.
Hand #59: Ryan Leng raised, winning the blinds and antes.
Hand #60: Tsinis opened, Leng called, and Frank called in the big blind. The flop saw Tsinis bet and take it down.
Hand #61: Frank limped the small blind and folded to a Tsinis raise.
Hand #62: Frank opened, and Leng defended big blind. The flop was , and a bet from Frank won this one.
Hand #63: Pratyush Buddiga got a walk.
Hand #64: Tsinis opened, and Leng reraised, then folded to a Tsinis shove.
06/19/17 08:04:55 PM PDT
Hands #47-53: Big Reraise from Frank
Hand #47: Arkadiy Tsinis raised to 110,000 in the cutoff, and Ryan Leng called on the button. With the board reading after three checks, Leng bet 125,000 and won the pot.
Hand #48: Christopher Frank got a walk.
Hand #49: Frank called in the small blind, and Tsinis checked the big. Frank bet 50,000 on the flop and won the pot.
Hand #50: Frank raised to 110,000 on the button and snap-folded to a three-bet from Tsinis.
Hand #51: Frank raised to 110,000 and won the pot.
Hand #52: Leng raised to 115,000 on the button. Frank made it 440,000 in the big blind. Leng thought a bit and folded.
"You'd kill me if you knew what I just folded," he yelled to Chance Kornuth on the rail.
Hand #53: Pratyush Buddiga raised to 110,000 on the button. Frank called in the small blind and check-folded to a bet of 130,000 on the flop.
06/19/17 08:00:14 PM PDT
Grant Denison Eliminated in 5th Place ($91,699)
Hand #46: Christopher Frank raised to 110,000 in the cutoff. Grant Denison moved all in for what looked like about 800,000 in the big blind, and Frank snap-called.
Denison looked likely to double as hit the board, but an doomed him on the river.
"Nice hand," he said. "Nice playing with you."
"Good game, sir," Frank said.
|Christopher Frank||3,200,000||1,455,000 |
|Grant Denison||0||-985,000 |
06/19/17 07:54:51 PM PDT
Hands #39-45: Frank Gets Creative
Hand #39: Grant Denison made it 115,000, Christopher Frank called in the small blind, and Arkadiy Tsinis called in the big blind. They checked to the turn of the board, where Denison bet, and Frank called. The river was the , and a bet of 185,000 from Frank got a Denison call. Frank had an ace-high flush with .
Hand #40: Tsinis limped in the small blind, and Ryan Leng checked his option. The flop was , and a bet from Leng took it.
Hand #41: Tsinis raised and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #42: Frank opened and folded to a Leng three-bet.
Hand #43: Tsinis opened under the gun, and Frank called in the big blind. They went to the river of a board, where a bet of 400,000 from Frank got through.
Hand #44: Leng raised, and Tsinis called in the big blind. They went to the river of a board reading . Tsinis bet 200,000, and Leng called. Tsinis showed , and Leng showed for a chop.
Hand #45: Leng got a walk.
06/19/17 07:43:13 PM PDT
Hands #31-38: Buddiga Hits a Boat
Hand #31: Pratyush Buddiga raised to 100,000 under the gun and got action from Arkadiy Tsinis in the cutoff and Ryan Leng on the button. The board ran out , and after everyone checked the flop, Tsinis won with a bet of 125,000.
Hand #32: Christopher Frank opened to 105,000 first to act, and everyone folded.
Hand #33: Buddiga limped from the small blind, and Frank checked. They checked down the board, and Buddiga won with .
Hand #34: Grant Denison raised to 115,000 in the cutoff and folded to a reraise to 300,000 from Frank.
Hand #35: Tsinis limped the small blind, and Leng checked. Leng bet 50,000 on the turn and won, as hit the board.
Hand #36: Frank raised to 110,000 in the cutoff. Leng called in the small blind, as did Denison in the big. The flop came , and Frank continued for 100,000. Denison check-raised to 325,000, and Frank folded immediately.
Hand #37: Denison completed the blind, and Buddiga checked. Buddiga bet 100,000 on the end of the board, and that won him the pot.
Hand #38: Leng called in the cutoff, Buddiga called in the small blind, and Frank checked. On the turn, the board read , and Frank bet 75,000. Both Leng and Buddiga called. On the river, action checked to Leng, and he bet 220,000. Buddiga called, and Frank folded.
"Queens?" Leng asked.
Buddiga tabled .
|Ryan Leng||4,980,000||-820,000 |
|Pratyush Buddiga||2,300,000||245,000 |
06/19/17 07:31:55 PM PDT
Georgios Sotiropoulos Eliminated in 6th Place ($68,226)
Hand #30: Ryan Leng shoved from the small blind, and Georgios Sotiropoulos called.
The board ran out . Leng claimed another victim and sent Sotiropoulos packing.
|Ryan Leng||5,800,000||860,000 |
|Georgios Sotiropoulos||0||-960,000 |
06/19/17 07:27:33 PM PDT
Hands #25-29: Grant Denison Shoving
Hand #25: Georgios Sotiropoulos limped the small blind and folded to a shove from Grant Denison.
Hand #26: Ryan Leng opened and folded to a Denison shove.
Hand #27: Leng called this time, as did Denison and the blinds. The flop was , and it was checked to Leng, who bet 90,000. The others folded, but big blind Christopher Frank put out a big raise, took the pot, and showed for a bluff.
Hand #28: Denison opened the pot and took the antes and blinds.
Hand #29: Arkadiy Tsinis completed from the small blind, and Leng checked. They got to the turn, where a bet from Leng took the pot.
06/19/17 07:10:54 PM PDT
Level 27 started
06/19/17 06:24:02 PM PDT
Updated Chip Counts at Dinner Break
|Ryan Leng||4,940,000||40,000 |
|Arkadiy Tsinis||2,185,000||-5,000 |
|Pratyush Buddiga||2,055,000||55,000 |
|Christopher Frank||1,745,000||235,000 |
|Grant Denison||985,000||-285,000 |
|Georgios Sotiropoulos||960,000||-290,000 |