Bell Battles Back to Book WSOPC AC Win

Chris Bell
2010 WSOPC Eastern Regional Championship winner Chris Bell.

Chris Bell took down the World Series of Poker Circuit Eastern Regional Championship in Atlantic City early Thursday morning.

The veteran pro, a former real estate developer from Raleigh, North Carolina, added $358,295 to his more than $2.5 million in career tournament earnings with the win.

Bell, who also won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010, took the lead on the event's second day and although he entered the final table second in chips, he stayed patient as it took almost six hours of play before the first player busted from the final.

Eventually Bell managed to get heads-up with chip leader Chris Klodnicki almost even in chips.

He fell behind early before clawing his way back into the match and getting Klodnicki all in with a pair and a straight draw against his flopped set of threes.

The turn and river bricked, Bell's set held and after the chips were counted and it became clear he had Klodnicki covered, the title was his.

The second of four WSOPC Regional Championships drew 136 players to Atlantic City this week, creating a $1,279,624 prize pool.

All nine finalists won seats into the $1 million-dollar freeroll WSOP Circuit National Championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas May 27-29.

Coverage of the final table will will air on the VERSUS Network in mid-2011.

Next up for the WSOPC is a stop at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, just one hour north of Dallas, Texas. The ten ring-event series runs Jan. 6-25.

The next Regional Championship is set to take place at Harrah’s Rincon in San Diego March 27-30.

Here's how the final table finished up in Atlantic City:

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

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