Chris Bell Wins 2010 WSOPC Regional Championship
The last major poker event of 2010 kicked off on Sunday as the Easter Regional Championship commenced at Harrah's Atlantic City.
One hundred and thirty-six players turned out for the event in hope of making the final table and a guaranteed seat into the National Championship finals in May. In addition, the winner took home $358,295.
Several big names went deep in this event. Among those finishing in the money were Eugene Katchalov in 15th, Victor Ramdin in 12th, and Beth Shak finished in 11th place.
The AC Circuit Main Event Champion Matthew Waxman had already sealed his bid into the National Championship event last week, but was looking to make the final table of this event as well. Unfortunately, he finished the event as the bubble boy, going out in 10th place.
Andy Frankenberger and Chris Bell headlined the final table of this event. Frankenberger has over $1 Million in tournament winnings in 2010 and Bell won the $5,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Event at the 2010 WSOP.
Every player at the final table locked up their seat into the National Championship freeroll in May that will award a WSOP bracelet to the winner. 2009 Harrahs AC Main Event Champion Chris Klodnicki was the chip leader heading into the final table.
Here is how the final table started in chips:
Seat 1: Chris Bell 706,000
Seat 2: Michah Raskin 594,000
Seat 3: Ketan Pandya 377,000
Seat 4: Nicholas Mitchell 332,000
Seat 5: Todd Terry 307,000
Seat 6: Andrew Frankenberger 230,000
Seat 7: Jason Burt 579,000
Seat 8: Chris Klodnicki 759,000
Seat 9: Seth Fischer 217,000
After a lengthy final table, heads-up play was between Chris Bell and Chris Klodnicki. The stacks were relatively even going into heads-up play, but what could have been a long night of poker turned into a relatively short match after a major clash between the two.
The final hand saw the two players take a flop of 6c-5d-3h. Klodnicki bet out 225,000 and then Bell moved all-in. Klodnicki made the call with 6h-4d for top pair and an open ended draw.
Bell flipped over pocket threes for a set. The turn 9d and river Qc missed both players and Chris Bell is the Eastern Regional Champion.
For his win, Chris Bell took home $358,295 and the gold Championship ring. He also received his seat into the National Championship at Caesars Palace on May 27th.
A prize pool of $1 Million will be awarded to the final table with the winner taking home a WSOP bracelet.
Below are the final table payouts:
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