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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.