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2010/11 WSOP Circuit - Regional Championship - HARRAH'S ATLANTIC CITY (New Jersey)

Sunday, December 19, 2010 to Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Event #10: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Regional Championship - Nationally Televised

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,279,624
  • Entries: 136
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 9:21 PM Local Time

Micah Raskin - 4th place

Chris Klodnicki raised to 45,000 on the button and Micah Raskin moved all in from the big blind for 396,000 total. Klodnicki called and tabled   , racing with Raskin's   .

The board ran out      , safe for Klodnicki to secure the elimination.

Raskin exits as our fourth-place finisher for $117,457.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 9:15 PM Local Time

Katen Pandya raised to 45,000 on the button and Chris Klodnicki popped it to 145,000 from the small blind. Chris Bell folded his big blind and Pandya went into the tank for about three minutes, ultimately folding.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:58 PM Local Time

In a battle of the blinds, Chris Bell raised from the small. Micah Raskin re-raised from the big blind for an additional 104,000 to call, and Bell did just that.

The flop came down     and Bell checked. Raskin bet 200,000, Bell responded with an all-in shove, and Raskin threw his hand to the muck.

Bell showed the   as he collected the chips, up to about 1,375,000.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:46 PM Local Time

Todd Terry - 5th place

Todd Terry moved all in for 126,000 on the button and Chris Klodnicki isolated from the small blind.



It was all but over when the flop came down    . The   sealed Terry's fate, with the   river merely a formality. Terry exits in fourth place while Klodnicki is up to about 1.2 million.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:40 PM Local Time

Ketan Pandya raised to 45,000 from under the gun. Chris Klodnicki called on the button and Micah Raskin came along from the big blind, leading to a     flop.

Raskin led out for 160,000 and Pandya took about 90 seconds before calling. Klodnicki folded and the   hit the turn. Raskin checked, as did Pandya. They each checked the   river card and each revealed flopped flushes. Pandya took it with   , besting Raskin's   .

Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:32 PM Local Time

There was a five-minute break back there, but we were still getting caught up after that flurry of action. In any event, we've advanced a level, and the cards are back in the air.

We also have a brand new pink T10,000 chip on the table, and that may continue to push the action to a small extent.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:26 PM Local Time

Ketan Pandya

Micah Raskin raised to 45,000 from under the gun and Ketan Pandya raised all in for about 245,000 from the middle seat. Action folded around the table, and Raskin called to put Pandya at risk.



The board was a serious sweat for Pandya. The       flop gave him some help to start, adding nine outs to his club flush. The turn   was another good miss, adding six more outs for him as the fives and tens in the deck became live.


A very excited Pandya clapped his hands together and let out a big, "Yes!" as he rushed over to his family on the rail. With that double up, he's back over 600,000 and back in this thing.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:21 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger - 6th place

The table folded to the blinds, and Andy Frankenberger completed from the small. In the big, Chris Klodnicki raised to 51,000, and Frankenberger made a deliberate call.

The flop came out      , and the action followed. Frankenberger led out in to the pot with 75,000 chips, and Klodnicki announced a raise. We never heard the amount because Frankenberger moved all in for about 300,000 and Klodnicki snap-called with his big stack. Cards up, gents:



Frankenberger knocked the felt in acknowledgement of his opponent's better hand, but he still had outs to double up. The turn   stole four of those outs from him as Klodnicki improved to aces up to put himself one card from the knockout.


That's a blank for Frankenberger, and he has been eliminated from our final table in 6th place. That'll earn him $66,758, but it's not the result the WPT champion was looking for today.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:01 PM Local Time

One hand later, Klodnicki was faced with another big decision.

He opened the pot to 35,000, and Ketan Pandya three-bet shoved for 268,000 total. Klodnicki mumbled something under his breath as he sat in the tank for a couple more minutes. It wasn't quite as long this time, and he eventually uncapped his cards and folded with a big sigh.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:58 PM Local Time

Jason Burt - 7th place

Andy Frankenberger raised to 35,000 from the hijack and Jason Burt moved all in from the cutoff.

Chris Klodnicki asked for a count from the button and as soon as the dealer announced the 224,000, he instantly slid a calling stack forward. Chris Bell was next, and he stood up from the small blind, looking pained by the decision he was facing. After about a couple minutes of consideration, Bell announced that he was all in for 619,000 total!

Frankenberger folded and action was back on Klodnicki. It was 395,000 for him to call, but he clearly did not like his hand as much as he did before. There was another couple minutes of tanking, but Klodnicki could not call. He opted to give it up, eager to see what Bell's holdings were.



"Can't fold queens, huh?" Klodnicki asked with a half-smirk.

The board ran out      , safe for Bell and upping his stack to about 1.1 million. In the process, he's eliminated Jason Burt in 7th place, good for more than $50,000 and some face time on TV to boot.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:46 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger

The table folded around to the blinds, and Todd Terry announced an all in. It was for big blind Andy Frankenberger's stack of 212,000, and Mr. Frankenberger took a good long soak in the tank. He set his drink on which he'd been sipping on the side table next to him, and his attention turned to Terry. He shot him a direct glare, then turned his head front while continuing to eye up his opponent out of the corner of his vision. After about two or three minutes of dead silence in the room, Frankenberger came to life with a loud and fast, "Call!" Just like that, the cards were on their backs:



"This is a chop a lot of the time," someone in the audience said. It wouldn't be a chop this time, however, as the board ran out          . Frankenberger was sweating it hard, but that was safe and sound for his better kicker, and he has doubled up.

"Nice call, Andy!" Dwyte Pilgrim yelled from the bleachers.

After that pot, the two men have essentially traded chip stacks:

Frankenberger - 438,000

Terry - 180,000

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:40 PM Local Time

Nick Mitchell - 8th place

Nick Mitchell raised under the gun and the lone caller was Micah Raskin from the small blind.

The flop came down     and Raskin led out 50,000. Mitchell called, leading to the   turn card. Raskin bet 100,000 and Mitchell called again, landing the   on the river. Raskin checked and Mitchell went all in for about 170,000, surprised to hear Raskin immediately call.

Mitchell turned over   , but his rivered pair was second best to Raskin's   .

Mitchell is our eighth-place finisher, while Raskin is now the chip leader with about 1,300,000.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:32 PM Local Time

Chris Klodnicki raised to 46,000 on the button and Chris Bell called from the small blind. Micah Raskin made it 246,000 to play from the big blind and both of his opponents gave up their hands.

Raskin is getting close to the chip lead with about 930,000.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:15 PM Local Time

Seth Fischer's chips did not remain in Jason Burt's stack very long.

Nick Mitchell moved all in for 170,000 from early position and Jason Burt re-raised all in from the cutoff. The rest of the table folded.



The flop came     to give Mitchell the lead, but gave Burt a flush draw. The   turn card was not what Burt hoped to see, nor was the   river card.

Mitchell upped his stack to about 378,000 while Burt slips back down to about 300,000.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:09 PM Local Time

Seth Fischer - 9th place

Jason Burt raised to 35,000 on the button and Seth Fischer went all in from the big blind for 141,000 total. Burt called and the hands were on their backs.



The board ran out a safe       for Burt, now up to about 480,000.

Seth Fischer becomes the first to exit the final table, but not without a pay day of $32,362.

Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:03 PM Local Time

The final table

Everyone's back from dinner and re-mic'd up for the television production. We're back in action, Jason Burt taking a walk from the big blind on the first hand.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:43 PM Local Time

We've reached the end of the level, and it's time for some dinner. The players are off for an 80-minute break, and play will resume at 7:00 sharp.

We're still nine-handed, by the way, and fresh chip counts are coming momentarily.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:32 PM Local Time

Todd Terry raised to 30,000 from middle position and found calls from Chris Klodnicki in the cutoff, Chris Bell in the small blind, and Micah Raskin in the big blind.

The flop came down     and action checked to Klodnicki. He bet 60,000, Bell folded, but Raskin quickly popped it to 120,000. Terry folded and Klodnicki called, landing the   on the turn.

Raskin shoved, getting Klodnicki to fold pretty quickly.

Klodnicki slipped back down under 1,000,000, while Raskin upped his stack to about 800,000.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:19 PM Local Time

Seth Fischer raised to 25,000 from middle position and Micah Raskin called from the cutoff.

The flop came down     and Fischer check-called 25,000 from Raskin. The turn brought the   and Fischer checked again. Raskin bet 85,000 and Fischer called after about a minute.

When the   hit the river, Raskin announced all in. However, it was Fischer's turn to act and it was ruled that Raskin's bet would stand if there was no changing action. Fisher checked, so Raskin's all-in bet stood.

It was 171,000 for Fischer to call and after about two minutes, Fischer asked, "Show if I fold?"

"I'll show the camera a bluff," responded Raskin.

"Keep talking and I'll call," replied Fischer.

"Is that binding?" asked Raskin, getting a chuckle from the rest of the table.

Fischer thought for another two minutes or so before Raskin called the clock. As soon as he did, Fischer threw in his cards and surrendered the pot.

Raskin: Up to about 455,000

Fischer: Down to about 175,000

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:02 PM Local Time

Todd Terry

Ketan Pandya opened to 28,000 under the gun and two seats over, Todd Terry moved all in for 236,000. Action folded around to Pandya and he snap called with   .

Terry tabled    and was in dire straits, but found help in a big way when the board ran out      .

Terry is up to about 510,000 while Pandya drops to under 400,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander