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World Poker Tour on FSN: World Poker Finals Season X — Part II

Christian Harder

Season X of the World Poker Tour on Fox Sports Network continued Sunday with part two of the 10th annual World Poker Finals from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The $10,000 event initially attracted 189 players and created a prize pool of $1,778,550, with $449,910 reserved for first place, but only five remained at the top of the broadcast.

In part one, the early stages of the tournament were highlighted while the first final-table casualty occurred. It happened on the third hand of the final table when Eli Berg raised to 36,000 with{K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. Christian Harder squeezed out {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs} on the button and limped, and Andy Frankenberger came along from the big blind with {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}.

Frankenberger checked the king-high flop, Berg bet 73,000 and Harder called. Frankenberger got out of the way and the {10-Diamonds} turned. This time Berg checked, Harder bet 104,000 and Berg moved all in for 381,000. Harder took a few seconds before making the call and Berg cringed when the cards were turned up. The {7-Hearts} river changed nothing, and Berg exited in sixth place for $83,580.

Here’s how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals Final Table

1Steven Brackesy1,637,000
2Daniel Santoro1,426,000
3Christian Harder1,783,000
4Bob Carbone517,000
5Andy Frankenberger358,000

First Hand: On what would be 13th hand of the final table, with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 2,000 ante, Steven Brackesy opened for 37,000 with {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and received a call from Daniel Santoro who was holding {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. Christian Harder was next to act and three-bet 127,000 holding {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} on the button, then Andy Frankenberger moved all in for 354,000 with {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs} from the big blind. Both Brackesy and Santoro quickly got out of the way, and Harder insta-called.

Frankenberger, the reigning WPT Player of the Year, only had a 30 percent chance of winning the pot, which dropped to 17 percent on the {5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop. The {5-Spades} turn meant he needed an ace on the river, but it was not meant to be as the {10-Spades} blanked. Frankenberger was eliminated in fifth place for $99,585, missing out on an opportunity to become a two-time WPT Champion.

“I’m not really concerned about getting respect,” Frankenberger said in his post-elimination interview with sideline reporter Matt Savage. “I think my record pretty much speaks for itself, but I would like to get back here sooner than later so I can do a little bit better than I did today.”

Steven Brackesy Eliminated in Fourth Place: Steven Brackesy opened for 43,000 from the small blind with {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and was met with a three-bet to 110,000 by Daniel Santoro, who held {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} in the big blind. Not to be outdone, Brackesy four-bet 243,000, Santoro five-bet 440,000, and Brackesy six-bet all-in for 1.488 million.

“This would be quite sick,” Santoro said before shrugging and making the call. Both Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten were incredulous in the booth, while Brackesy remained stoic. The {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop wasn’t particularly interesting, but the {2-Clubs} turn brought things to life as it gave Brackesy a straight and flush draw. The crowd was on its feet when they saw Brackesy had a 33 percent chance for the come-from-behind win, but it was stymied when the {6-Hearts} appeared on the river.

Brackesy finished in fourth place for $129,816 while Santoro chipped up to 3,279,000. “Small blind versus big blind, I just didn’t believe he had that big a hand,” Brackesy told Matt Savage after his elimination. “I thought I could get him off it, I was wrong. I’m going to take some time off and see if I can get back again and do a better job.”

Off to the Races: On the button, Christian Harder opened for 45,000 with {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and was met with an all-in three-bet to 581,000 by Bob Carbone, who held {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} in the small blind. Harder asked for a count before making the call. It was off to the races with Carbone having a 53 percent chance of surviving the hand. The {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop was nothing special as neither player held a heart, while the {6-Clubs} turn meant Harder needed either an ace or nine on the river to dispatch the 62-year-old pawn shop owner. Much to Carbone’s delight, the {4-Spades} appeared on the river and he doubled to 1,191,000.

Harder Folds the Best Hand: Bob Carbone opened for 55,000 from the button with {A-Spades}{6-Hearts} and was called by Christian Harder who held {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. The two checked the {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop, leading to the {9-Hearts} turn. Again Harder checked, opening the door for Carbone to bet 75,000. It proved enough to win the pot as Harder folded the best hand.

Chop It Up: Daniel Santoro limped from the small blind with {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Christian Harder checked his option from the big holding {A-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. The {Q-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop gave each a pair of aces, but as Mike Sexton pointed out, “Neither is going to put the other on in ace in their hand because the pot wasn’t raised preflop.”

Santoro led out for 30,000, Harder called, and the {10-Diamonds} appeared on the turn. Again Santoro bet, this time 60,000, and Harder called. The {9-Hearts} river meant it would be a chop if there was a showdown, but first Harder needed to deal with Santoro’s 100,000 bet. He thought long and hard before making the call, earning half the pot.

Last Hand of the Episode: With the blinds at 12,000/24,000 and a 4,000 ante, Daniel Santoro opened for 48,000 from the button with {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. Bob Carbone then squeezed out {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} in the big blind and three-bet to 124,000. Santoro eyed up his opponent’s stack, did some calculations in his head, and then made the call. The {2-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} flop saw Carbone quickly move all-in and Santoro fold immediately.

Tune in Next Week: Part III of the Foxwoods World Poker Finals is set to air on Sunday, May 6, on FSN, so be sure to check your local listings. If by chance you miss it, check back next week for the latest recap of all the action right here on PokerNews.

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Past Foxwoods World Poker Finals Champions

1Howard Lederer89$320,400
2Hoyt Corkins313$1,089,200
3Tuan Le674$1,549,588
4Nick Schulman783$2,167,500
5Nenad Medic609$1,717,194
6Mike Vela575$1,704,986
7Jonathan Little412$1,120,310
8Cornel Andrew Cimpan353$910,058
9Jeff Forrest242$548,752

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