Klodnicki Leads Solid Final at WSOPC AC

Chris Klodnicki
Chris Klodnicki

Chris Klodnicki, who won the World Series of Poker Circuit main event in Atlantic City last December, then went on to final table the tour's second visit there last March, has another shot at Atlantic City glory taking the chip lead into the final table of the WSOPC $10,000 Eastern Regional Championship Wednesday.

A bevvy of big names finished just outside the final nine, including Victor Ramdin (12th), Beth Shak (11th), and newly crowned WSOPC Atlantic City Main Event champion Matt Waxman (10th).

However, a solid line-up still awaits two-time WSOP final tablist Klodnicki in the final.

Sitting right behind him on the leaderboard is the venerable Chris Bell, who won his first WSOP bracelet this past summer and will be looking to add to his more than $2.5 million in career earnings with a win Wednesday.

New York amateur Micah Raskin and California pro Jason Burt are also close, looking to book their first big scores.

New Jersey poker hobbyist Ketan Pandya and 2010 WSOP final tablist Nicholas Mitchell are next down the leaderboard, while two-time WSOP and WPT finalist Todd Terry is right behind them.

But next up is perhaps the hottest player in the group.

After winning WPT Legends this past August, Andy Frankenbegrer went on to final table the WPT Festa al Lago main event in October and is coming off a 16th place finish at the WPT Five Diamond in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The current leader in the WPT's Player of the Year race, Frankenberger has over $1.1 million in career earnings, all in 2010.

Finally, 2008 WSOP finalist Seth Fischer comes in with the short stack.

The second of four WSOPC Regional Championships drew 136 players to Atlantic City this week, creating a $1,279,624 prize pool with $358,295 reserved for first.

The final nine have all already booked seats into the $1 million-dollar freeroll WSOP Circuit National Championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas May 27-29.

The final table will go off Wednesday afternoon in Atlantic City and will be televised on VERSUS Network in 2011.

Here's how the nine finalists stack up coming in:

1 Chris Klodnicki 759,000

2 Chris Bell 706,000

3 Micah Raskin 594,000

4 Jason Burt 579,000

5 Ketan Pandya 377,000

6 Nick Mitchell 332,000

7 Todd Terry 307,000

8 Andy Frankenberger 230,000

9 Seth Fischer 219,000

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