Live Tournament Updates
Festa al Lago Final 6
Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
The story of the tournament and maybe the year is 37 year old equity derivatives trader Andy Frankenberger who is poised to do what few have ever done before; win two titles in the same season on the WPT. Only five men, Gus Hansen, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu and Tuan Le have ever won two in a single season and no one has accomplished the feat since Season Three when both Negreanu and Le bagged two titles. What makes Frankenberger's results even more astounding is that Festa al Lago is only the fourth WPT tournament he has entered. The key to the former Wall Streeters success is being "consistently inconsistent", a counter strategy attack that more often than not leaves his opponents fuming at his unconventional play. When Frankenberger won the Legends of Poker title in Los Angeles in August, former WPT Player of the Year Jonathan Little called Frankenberger a " table clown" on Twitter. No one questions his ability now as Frankenberger is poised to not only match Little's record of two WPT titles but also finds himself only four tournaments into season nine with an almost insurmountable lead for WPT Player of the Year.
That is not to say there are not other stories at the table. Randal Flowers is the youngest WPT champ in history having won the WPT Spanish Championship in Barcelona at the age of twenty. Now 22, Flowers is the chip leader and favorite to become the youngest two-time WPT title holder. Also of note, while in Las Vegas, Flowers is staying at the home of WPT analyst Tony Dunst.
Twenty-seven year old Noah "McLovin" Schwartz is making his second WPT final table alongside first timers Jason Koon and Michael Benvenuti both of them emblematic of the young guns that have taken over live tournament poker. The odd man out at the table is 62 year old Skip Wilson, an inventor and retired businessman from Cincinnati who at first glance would seem to be the soft spot at the table, but looks can be deceiving as Wilson has 16 cashes and 5 final tables in his WSOP resume.
All eyes at the final table today will be on Frankenberger but for Andy it may seem oddly familiar. Just as at the Legends final there will be a 62 year old in the final six (Tom Lee at Legends, Skip Wilson at Bellagio), a hotshot young player with a raucous fan base in the audience (Kyle Wilson/ Randal Flowers), a tough player with previous WPT experience (Jared Jaffee/Noah Schwartz), and a tough young online pro (Tom Braband/Jason Koon). The New Yorker just hopes that it's deja vu all over again.
12:03 PM, 10/20/10