Chris Klodnicki takes the chip lead into the final table of the World Series of Poker Regional Championship today, but Day two chip leader Chric Bell is right behind him.
Klodnicki, from Voorhees, is a regular at A.C. tournaments and won last year’s Harrah’s circuit main event, then a $5,000 event, winning about $216,000. He also had a second place this year at The Borgata Spring Open East Coast Championship, good for an about $92,000 cash.
Some props should also go out to Matt Waxman of Parkland Fla., who went out in 10th place. The 25-yer-old Waxman, was surely in the tournament because he won $117,797 in this year’s circuit main event (now a $1,500 buy-in) last week. His 10th place finish was good for $26,232.
Other notable eliminations include Beth Shak, who finished in 11th place and Victor Ramdin, who was the 12th place finisher. Each was also paid $26,232.
Play resumes today at noon. Here’s the final nine and chip counts:
Seat 1: Chris Bell – 706,000
Chris Bell is a former real estate investor from Raleigh, NC. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1994 with a degree in business and is married with twin daughters. This past summer, Bell won event #46, the $5,000 Omaha hi-lo event at the 2010 World Series of Poker. He has over $750,000 in WSOP earnings and over $2.5 million in overall tournament earnings.
Seat 2: Micah Raskin – 594,000
Micah Raskin is the president of both a direct marketing company and a software company. Raskin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College. Originally from New York City, he currently lives in Old Westbury, NY.
Seat 3: Ketan Pandya – 377,000
Pandya is a project manager from Piscataway, NJ. The 32-year-old was born in New Delhi, India. He is married with three children and describes himself as a loving husband and caring father who is ready for the poker world. His hobbies are poker and babysitting.
Seat 4: Nicholas Mitchell – 332,000
Nicholas Mitchell is a 22-year old poker player from Costa Mesa, CA. This past summer, at the 2010 WSOP, Mitchell made the final table of event #3, $1,000 no-limit hold’em, finishing in 5th place.
Seat 5: Todd Terry – 307,000
Todd Terry is a former criminal defense attorney from Hoboken, NJ. Terry is a graduate of Harvard University with a JD from NYU law school. He gave up his law career a few years ago to pursue poker full time and in 2007, placed second in event #10 of that year’s WSOP. Terry currently has over 30 lifetime cashes and $1.5 milion in career tournament earnings.
Seat 6 – Andy Frankenberger – 230,000
Andy Frankenberger is a former equity derivatives trader from New York, NY where he worked on wall street for 14 years, most of them for JP Morgan. He holds dual degrees in Economics and Russian from Duke University. This year alone, Frankenberger has racked up over one million in tournament earnings. His hobbies include running, tennis and playing the piano.
Seat 7 – Jason Burt – 579,000
Jason Burt is a professional poker player from Marina Del Ray, CA. He holds a bachelors in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He has a few cashes to his credit, but hopes to make today his breakthrough performance. His hobbies are Rugby, the outdoors and the nightlife.
Seat 8- Chris Klodnicki – 759,000
The chip leader headed to the final table, Chris Klodnicki is from Philadelphia, PA originally from Camden, NJ. In 2007, the Lehigh University graduate placed second in the Razz event at the 2008 World Series of Poker. He has gone on to earn over $1.5 million in lifetime tournament earnings. He is the 2009 Harrah’s Resort AC WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion.
Seat 9 – Seth Fischer – 217,000
Seth Fischer is a poker pro from Berkley, CA originally from Palm Harbor, FL. The Emory University grad finished second in the $2,500 buy-in six handed event of the 2008 World Series of Poker. Fischer describes himself as a nice young son of a rabbi and his hobbies as sports, religion, and music.