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Frankenberger wins WSOP bracelet

Updated: June 20, 2011, 12:23 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Very few players in the new era of poker have made an immediate impact like Andy Frankenberger. Over the past year, Frankenberger has gone from being a huge fan of the game and the experience, to the World Poker Tour Player of the Year, to a World Series of Poker bracelet winner. Early Sunday morning, Frankenberger emerged victorious in the 2,500-player field $1,500 no-limit hold 'em Event 28 to win his first bracelet and $599,153.

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PokerNews/WSOP World Poker Tour Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger won his first WSOP bracelet in Event 28.

This is Frankenberger's third outright victory in the past 376 days. The former equity derivatives trader on Wall Street got his taste of the WSOP by earning his seat in a traders-only satellite tournament in 2008. Despite no success, he loved the atmosphere and the strategy of the game and was determined to get back to the felt. With no intentions of turning into a professional poker player, Frankenberger left his job, traveled, and then gradually found his way into poker. Victories at the Venetian, WPT Legends and now a WSOP event cap off an incredible run for the 38-year-old Duke graduate.

"For me, it's so important for me to get this win," he said. "When I won the Legends and I won the Venetian, poker was very new to me. I had not invested that much into it in terms of time or energy. At this point, I have been playing all year. I have been traveling all over the world. This is my first big win of 2011, so I can't even begin to tell you how much this win means to me right now."

Frankenberger defeated Joshua Evans heads-up after coming back from a 3-to-1 chip deficit. Evans recently finished third in the WSOP Circuit National Championship.

The final table also included two pros who have also seen their share of WSOP success, Owen Crowe and Tyler Kenney. Crowe finished fourth and now has four final tables in the past four years at the WSOP in large-field $1,000 or $1,500 events. His best previous finish was a second-place result in a 3,128-player event in 2010 and he has cashed for more than $1.7 million in his career. He also has two top-100 finishes in the WSOP main event in the past three years. Among his other accomplishments, Kenney really emerged on the live scene with his third-place finish at the NAPT Mohegan main event in April. He recently finished 46th in Event 12 at this year's WSOP. This was Kenney's fourth WSOP cash.

Below are the complete results of Event 28 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 28: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,500
Prize pool: $3,375,000
Players in the money: 270

1. Andy Frankenberger ($599,153)
2. Joshua Evans ($372,498)
3. Robert Shortway ($263,655)
4. Owen Crowe ($190,147)
5. Tyler Kenney ($138,847)
6. Steven Merrifield ($102,600)
7. Thao Nguyen ($76,747)
8. Sidney Hasson ($58,083)
9. Bret Hruby ($44,482)
10. Geoffrey Lay ($34,458)
11. Karl Johansson ($34,458)
12. Jefferson Lasecki ($34,458)
13. Stephen Falcon ($27,000)
14. Frederik Jensen ($27,000)
15. Mickey Petersen ($27,000)
16. Aleksandr Mozhnyakov ($21,397)
17. Jacobo Fernandez ($21,397)
18. Gabriel Rouleau ($21,397)
19. Matt Graham ($17,145)
20. Timothy Ulmer ($17,145)
21. Jia Liu ($17,145)
22. Tore Spannenberg ($17,145)
23. Marcelo Horta ($17,145)
24. Len Demchak ($17,145)
25. Adam Laskey ($17,145)
26. Michael Meredith ($17,145)
27. Lars Bonding ($17,145)
28. Robert Thompson ($13,905)
29. James Lee ($13,905)
30. Daniel Dasilva ($13,905)
31. Christopher Avery ($13,905)
32. Chad Siegall ($13,905)
33. Joshua Schoonover ($13,905)
34. Daniel Dizenzo ($13,905)
35. Kyle Zatman ($13,905)
36. Phillip Nguyen ($13,905)
37. Joel Bullock ($11,407)
38. John Teel ($11,407)
39. Josh Field ($11,407)
40. Christopher Carroll ($11,407)
41. Loren Egide ($11,407)
42. Jeremy Saunders ($11,407)
43. Felipe Montenegro ($11,407)
44. Joey Weissman ($11,407)
45. Kelvin Beattie ($11,407)
46. Evan Teisch ($9,450)
47. Alan Throw ($9,450)
48. Randal Flowers ($9,450)
49. Payam Saleh ($9,450)
50. Brian Chike ($9,450)
51. Benjamin Vinson ($9,450)
52. Tommy Felice ($9,450)
53. James English ($9,450)
54. Toni Ojala ($9,450)
55. James Hughes ($7,897)
56. Cyrus Partow ($7,897)
57. Gerardo Godinez ($7,897)
58. Ralph Robinson ($7,897)
59. Erick Wright ($7,897)
60. Peter Hotlaling ($7,897)
61. James Barger ($7,897)
62. Peter Turmezey ($7,897)
63. Menan Saydam ($7,897)
64. William Douglas Smith ($6,682)
65. Andrey Martsev ($6,682)
66. Scott Poling ($6,682)
67. Michael Levine ($6,682)
68. Blake Kelso ($6,682)
69. Frederick Keers ($6,682)
70. Barry Werthmann ($6,682)
71. Sergey Sharanov ($6,682)
72. Raymond Spencer ($6,682)
73. Taylor Paur ($5,703)
74. Francesco Devivo ($5,703)
75. Roberto Watanabe ($5,703)
76. Martin Kabrhel ($5,703)
77. Paul Dominski ($5,703)
78. Frank Huftless ($5,703)
79. Zuhdi Mansour ($5,703)
80. Timothy Morgan ($5,703)
81. Josephine Irvin ($5,703)
82. Kenneth Jacoby ($4,927)
83. Sven Oberlander ($4,927)
84. Kyle Carlston ($4,927)
85. Garrett Utt ($4,927)
86. Nicholas Harvalis ($4,927)
87. Scott Wanzer ($4,927)
88. Christian Wolf ($4,927)
89. Scott Levy ($4,927)
90. Gerard Zaitoun ($4,927)
91. Richard Romine ($4,286)
92. Brian Kulpaca ($4,286)
93. Tod Melson ($4,286)
94. Ty Reiman ($4,286)
95. Bradley Walvatne ($4,286)
96. Allan Howard ($4,286)
97. Gigi Dong ($4,286)
98. Martin Gaudreault ($4,286)
99. Gratchia Makarian ($4,286)
100. Stacey Nutini ($3,780)
101. Keving Funderbunk ($3,780)
102. Chadwick Whitcare ($3,780)
103. Robert Urban ($3,780)
104. Eugene Todd ($3,780)
105. Frederik Honing ($3,780)
106. Gilbert Perez ($3,780)
107. Dorey Livneh ($3,780)
108. Steven Butler ($3,780)
109. Zachary Gilbert ($3,780)
110. Philip Delaney ($3,780)
111. Ken McKay ($3,780)
112. Todd Cielo ($3,780)
113. Justin Oliver ($3,780)
114. Larry Astolfo ($3,780)
115. Andrew Teng ($3,780)
116. John Erickson ($3,780)
117. Shane Rose ($3,780)
118. Xuan Nguyen ($3,780)
119. Mark Dusza ($3,780)
120. Zachary Humphrey ($3,780)
121. Yven Poortinga ($3,780)
122. Ronald Prestwood ($3,780)
123. Patrick Poirier ($3,780)
124. Hien Nguyen ($3,780)
125. Peter Feldman ($3,780)
126. Maxwell Greenwood ($3,780)
127. Michael Katz ($3,780)
128. David Hasson ($3,780)
129. Philip Collins ($3,780)
130. Mark Norman ($3,780)
131. Daniel Mills ($3,780)
132. Joe Romero ($3,780)
133. Burke Delange ($3,780)
134. Eric Styczynski ($3,780)
135. George Jalkotzy ($3,780)
136. Sumanth Reddy ($3,375)
137. David Kates ($3,375)
138. Trevor Blackwell ($3,375)
139. Joseph Chee ($3,375)
140. David Ritter ($3,375)
141. Kilian Kramer ($3,375)
142. Manig Loeser ($3,375)
143. Guillaume Rivet ($3,375)
144. Alexander Finkelstein ($3,375)
145. Chris Stull ($3,375)
146. Warren Jegglie ($3,375)
147. Trevor Savage ($3,375)
148. Joseph Hanrahan ($3,375)
149. Michael Wojcieszek ($3,375)
150. Eugene Castro ($3,375)
151. Luiz Ferreira ($3,375)
152. Simon Gunther ($3,375)
153. Lonnie Mason ($3,375)
154. Joel Hughes ($3,375)
155. Eoghan Odea ($3,375)
156. Manish Patel ($3,375)
157. Houston White ($3,375)
158. Steven Strother ($3,375)
159. Marc Foggin ($3,375)
160. Tommy Vedes ($3,375)
161. Christopher Bolek ($3,375)
162. Glenn Mccaffrey ($3,375)
163. Jeremy Walker ($3,375)
164. Rob Akery ($3,375)
165. Gilbert Vetters ($3,375)
166. Daniel Kue ($3,375)
167. Ryan Dodge ($3,375)
168. Southisak Seunsom ($3,375)
169. Benjamin Kim ($3,375)
170. Niall Farrell ($3,375)
171. Nabih Zaczac ($3,375)
172. Steven Daoust ($3,375)
173. Adam White ($3,375)
174. Nikunj Gandhi ($3,375)
175. Lee Fama ($3,375)
176. Evan Dollinger ($3,375)
177. Daniel Strelitz ($3,375)
178. Sam Crimaldi ($3,375)
179. Matthew Chard ($3,375)
180. Greg Stephens ($3,037)
181. Howard Hathcock ($3,037)
182. Edwin Muller ($3,037)
183. Brandon Hall ($3,037)
184. Dmitry Kataeb ($3,037)
185. Michael Hallen ($3,037)
186. Matt Molinari ($3,037)
187. Amnon Filippi ($3,037)
188. Douglas Johnson ($3,037)
189. John Russo ($3,037)
190. Patrick Mahoney ($3,037)
191. Randy Haddox ($3,037)
192. Zhen Cai ($3,037)
193. Philip Meulyzer ($3,037)
194. Arvind Raichur ($3,037)
195. Matt Affleck ($3,037)
196. Juan Medina ($3,037)
197. Rafael Cohen ($3,037)
198. Terrance Eischens ($3,037)
199. Kevin Paler ($3,037)
200. Andrew Middleditch ($3,037)
201. Allie Prescott ($3,037)
202. Ronald Lee ($3,037)
203. Rudi Zipter ($3,037)
204. Maxwell Fritz ($3,037)
205. Casey Johnson ($3,037)
206. Steven Albright ($3,037)
207. Timothy Clark ($3,037)
208. William Collins ($3,037)
209. Jeffrey Louis ($3,037)
210. Michael Erdle ($3,037)
211. Remy Biechel ($3,037)
212. Brandon Leeds ($3,037)
213. Ryan Leng ($3,037)
214. Anthony Moretina ($3,037)
215. Kyle Frey ($3,037)
216. Carlos J Benatuil ($3,037)
217. John Conaway ($3,037)
218. Fabrice Halleux ($3,037)
219. Walter Buss ($3,037)
220. Russell Spaid ($3,037)
221. Justin Chan ($3,037)
222. Wilfried Harig ($3,037)
223. Randolph Lanosga ($3,037)
224. Nelson Wong ($3,037)
225. Robert Begni ($3,037)
226. Chance Steed ($2,733)
227. Tiago Laude ($2,733)
228. Zohair Karim ($2,733)
229. John Haensel ($2,733)
230. Garry Gates ($2,733)
231. Anthony Winters ($2,733)
232. Mckenzie Haglund ($2,733)
233. Harry Gyuleseryan ($2,733)
234. Carl Olson ($2,733)
235. Leslie Spear ($2,733)
236. Richard Fridvalszki ($2,733)
237. William Derrick ($2,733)
238. Kevin Schulz ($2,733)
239. Scott Serwa ($2,733)
240. Kwan Leung ($2,733)
241. William Palmer ($2,733)
242. Cameron New ($2,733)
243. Kurt Disessa ($2,733)
244. Adam Loghides ($2,733)
245. Ryan Geithman ($2,733)
246. Joseph Vallee ($2,733)
247. Brent Hanks ($2,733)
248. Dan Zewin ($2,733)
249. Nicholas Rampone ($2,733)
250. Cory Albertson ($2,733)
251. Rachel Nagy ($2,733)
252. Robert Battenfield ($2,733)
253. Jay Wiley ($2,733)
254. Shane Deyoung ($2,733)
255. Abraham Araya ($2,733)
256. Brian McCann ($2,733)
257. Robbie Renehan ($2,733)
258. James Decoux ($2,733)
259. David Pham ($2,733)
260. Paul Stanechewski ($2,733)
261. Cesar Fuentes ($2,733)
262. Peter Hengsakul ($2,733)
263. Walter Beck ($2,733)
264. Richard Barish ($2,733)
265. John Tamal ($2,733)
266. Svetlana Gromenkova ($2,733)
267. Joshua Norris ($2,733)
268. Niccolo Caramatti ($2,733)
269. Adam Johnson ($2,733)
270. David Emmons ($2,733)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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