Dec 23 2010

Chris Bell Wins WSOPC AC

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Despite a seemingly endless final table slugfest in which six hours passed before a single competitor was eliminated, Chris Bell staged a comeback to win the 2010 World Series of Poker Circuit’s Eastern Regional Championship. The event ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Despite beginning final table play with a second place chip count, Bell fell behind early in the competition and was forced to rally to regain his stack. Chris Klodnicki maintained his chip lead all the way until heads up play began against Bell. Bell and Klodnicki’s chip counts were virtually equal at this point. Klodnicki pushed all in with a straight draw / pair, and the flop gave Bell 3 – 3 – 3. Both the turn and the river were garbage for both players, and a final chip count revealed that Bell had officially won.

Chris Bell, originaly from Releigh, North Carolina, is a long time poker pro who used to work as a real estate developer. Prior to his WSOPC AC win, Bell had accumulated a career earnings of over $2.5 million. The $358,295 addition pushes him even closer to the elusive $3 million mark. Bell maintained a brief lead on Day 2 of the tournament, but played catch-up through nearly all of the final table action.

The Choctaw Casino Resort, located in Durant, Oklahoma, will host the next WSOPC event, which is scheduled to take place from January 6th through the 25th. Those looking forward to the next WSOPC Regional Championship will have to wait until March 27, when tournament play will commence in San Diego at Harrah’s Rincon.

The money finishes at the final table are listed below:

9. Seth Fischer – $32,362
8. Nick Mitchell – $40,538
7. Jason Burt – $51,607
6. Andy Frankenberger – $66,758
5. Todd Terry – $87,808
4. Micah Raskin – $117,457
3. Ketan Pandya – $159,851
2. Chris Klodnicki – $221,452
1. Chris Bell – $358,295

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