Andy Frankenberger Defeats Phil Ivey, Wins Event 17
Frankenberger, despite being on the ropes several times, navigated the tough final table eliminating several of his opponents en route to the head-s up match of his life. He faced off against arguably the best poker player in the world, Phil Ivey. Ivey was looking to pick up his 9th bracelet, a feat which would net him several million in bracelet bets, but it was not to be.
Frankenberger got it all in with a flopped pair of aces, leaving Ivey drawing for his tournament life. Two bricks on the turn and river sent a disappointed Ivey to the rail, and a very excited Frankenberger to the cage to collect the $445,899 first place prize.
While the prize money was nice, for Frankenberger, defeating Ivey was the real prize. “Winning a bracelet is everyone’s dream,” says Frankenberger, “but beating Phil Ivey is like a fairytale. I can’t even believe it just happened. He’s such a great player.”