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Stock Trader Books WPT Legends Win
A Wall Street trader turned poker player took down the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker title in Los Angeles Wednesday.
New Yorker Andy Frankenberger, who left Wall Street behind to become a day trader, picking up poker in the process, left the Bicycle Casino $750,000 richer following the win.
"I'm just in shock right now," he said.
The $5k main event at WPT Legends drew a total of 462 entrants this year, creating a $2,151,072 prize pool.
Frankenberger led the final table coming in, but lost that advantage in the early going.
He managed to edge back into the lead three-handed before hitting a club flush against 2003 Legends finalist Tom Lee to get heads-up against 2008 Legends finalist Kyle Wilson in dominating position .
Frankenberger admitted that hand was the key to the victory.
"They say you have to catch some cards to win one of these things," he said. "I needed that club against Tom to stay alive and I caught one there."
Going in with a better than 3:1 chip lead, Frankenberger took care of Wilson after just a few hands heads up.
With a WPT title now under his belt and $750,000 added to what was a little under $200k in career tournament earnings before this week, Frankenberger says his future should include a few more major tournaments.
"You will be seeing a lot more of me for sure," he laughed.
Next up for the WPT is the inaugural London Poker Classic Aug. 30 - Sept.5.
Here's how the final table finished at Legends:
1 Andy Frankenberger $750,000
2 Kyle Wilson $370,000
3 Tom Lee $174,772
4 Tom Braband $109,000
5 Jared Jaffee $86,000
6 Franco Brunetti $63,000