Frankenberger is the latest World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner, capturing the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship. Frankenberger collected $599,153 in overcoming a massive 2,500-person field.
The 38-year-old professional poker player from New York City grew up in Massachusetts and later lived in Siberia (Russia) for one year as an exchange student. He learned to speak Russian and remains fluent in the language.
Frankenberger attended and graduated Duke University, earning his degree in economics. Following graduation, Frankenberger went to Wall Street and succeeded as an equity derivatives trader.
During the absolute pinnacle of his success as a trader, Frankenberger did the unthinkable – he quit.
Frankenberger began playing tournament poker around the country and discovered an affinity for the game.
Last year, Frankenberger started playing full-time on the tournament circuit. He traveled around to major tournaments, winning two major events in 2010 and was named Tour Player of the Year.
Frankenberger won his first WSOP gold bracelet last Sunday after being dealt A-K and calling an all-in bet by eventual runner-up Joshua Evans, who tabled A-10.
The 35-year span between Artie Cobb’s first cash in this event (1976) and his most recent cash in the same event (2011) represents the longest time span in WSOP history. He accomplished this in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split (Event 25).
Also, Phil Hellmuth added to his record as the individual all-time leader in cashes (80) and final table appearances (41), with his second-place finish in the Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Championship (Event 16).
ODDS AND ENDS
• This is the 921th gold bracelet awarded in World Series of Poker history. This figure includes every official WSOP event ever played, including tournaments during the early years when there were no actual gold bracelets awarded.
• Through the conclusion of Event 29, the 2011 WSOP has attracted nearly 34,000 combined total entries. So far, nearly $53 million in prize money has been awarded to winners.
• The breakdown of nationality of gold bracelet winners has been: USA(19), England (3), Canada (3), France (2), Russia (1), Ukraine (1).
• The breakdown of professional poker players to semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets has been:
Professional Players (25): Samuel Barnhart, Jake Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Sean Getzwiller, Matthew Perrins, Viacheslav Zhukov, David Diaz, Andrew Badecker, Tyler Bonkowski, Brian Rast, John Juanda, Aaron Steury, Darren Woods, Jason Somerville, Elie Payan, Bertrand Grospellier, John Monnette, Mark Radoja, Chris Viox, Dan Idema, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Lee.
Semi-Pros (3): Sean Drake, Amir Lehavot, Oleksii Kovalchuk.
Amateurs (2): Geffrey Klein, Foster Hays.
FINDING the EDGE
Poker players who want to stand the test of time need to find an edge. This ability to find and exploit an edge is the main factor in who makes it and who doesn’t. The following story illustrates how you can have both earning power and an edge at the same time. I was heads-up with a player named Mike Harthcock in the last satellite for the World Series of Poker Main Event.
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