Andy Frankenberger

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Andy Frankenberger
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Residence New York, New York
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Final table(s) 2
Money finish(es) 3
World Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 3
Money finish(es) 4
Information accurate as of 2011.

Andy Frankenberger is a professional poker player and former equity derivatives trader from New York City. In his first year as a professional poker player, Frankenberger was named World Poker Tour (WPT) Season IX Player of the Year.[1] Card Player Magazine described this as one of poker's best rookie years in a September 2011 cover story.[2] Frankenberger followed this up by winning back to back bracelets at the World Series of Poker in 2011 and 2012. He has been prominently featured in financial media including The Wall Street Journal,[3] Fox Business Network,[4] and Bloomberg Television.[5]

As of June 2012, Frankenberger's live tournament winnings exceed $2,500,000.[6]

Early life[edit]

Andy Frankenberger was born in New York City and grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. He studied Russian at Phillips Academy and spent a Semester in Siberia on an exchange program where he became fluent in Russian.[7][8] Frankenberger earned a perfect 800 score in high school on his math SAT.[9] He turned down Harvard University[9] and graduated from Duke University with degrees in Economics and Russian.[10] He then worked on Wall Street for 14 years, joining the team that founded the currency trading desk for JP Morgan in Moscow, and returned to the United States to work as an Equity Derivatives trader for JP Morgan and BNP Paribas.[9][11]


Frankenberger's first title as a professional came when he bested a field of 350 players to win the 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III for $162,110.[12]

World Poker Tour[edit]

Frankenberger collected $750,000 for winning the WPT Season 9 Legends of Poker event in 2010, and followed that up with another WPT final table at the Festa al Lago event later that year for $161,200. These results, combined with a 16th-place finish at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, allowed him to win the World Poker Tour Player of the Year award for Season 9.[13]

Frankenberger reached his third WPT final table at the WPT Season 10 World Poker Finals in 2011, finishing 5th for $99,585.[12]

World Series of Poker[edit]

At the 2011 World Series of Poker, Frankenberger won his first WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event, outlasting a field of 2,500.[12] Later that year, he reached the final table of the nationally televised 2010/2011 WSOP Regional Championship, where he finished 6th for $66,758.[14] At the 2012 World Series of Poker, Frankenberger won his second World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament, defeating Phil Ivey heads-up to earn $445,899.

World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2011 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $599,153
2012 $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em $445,899

Frankenberger is a member of the Epic Poker League. He qualified for a Two-Year B card with his win at the 2011 WSOP.[15]

Frankenberger won the Premier League Mixed Game Championship in London in November, 2011 for $100,000.[16] The televised event featured 12 of the top players in the world competing in No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Hold'em.[17]


Frankenberger was named to Woman Poker Player Magazine's 2011 Top Ten Hottest Men in Poker.[18]


  1. ^ "Andy Frankenberger Biography". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Julio (4 October 2011). "Andy Frankenberger on Cover of Latest Card Player Magazine". Retrieved 2012-01-28. former Wall Street equity derivatives trader had one of poker’s best rookie years, winning not only a WPT event, but also a World Series of Poker bracelet and a total of nearly $2 million in earnings. 
  3. ^ "Trader's Poker Bet Pays Off". The Wall Street Journal. 12 Jun 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ Frankenberger, Andy (July 27, 2012). "Trader Walks Away from Wall Street, Takes Up Poker" (Interview). Interview with Dagen McDowell; Connell McShane. New York City: Fox Business Network. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Frankenberger, Andy (June 15, 2012). "The Psychology of Risk: Trading and Poker" (Interview). Interview with Trish Regan. New York City: Bloomberg Television. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Andy Frankenberger". Retrieved 2011-12-30. Earnings $2,027,039 
  7. ^ Newell, Jennifer (10 October 2011). "Know the Pro: Andy Frankenberger". Retrieved 2012-01-28. Andy Frankenberger traveled internationally when he worked for JP Morgan and after his retirement from Wall Street, but the journey closest to his heart happened in high school. That trip took him to the unlikely destination of Siberia. 
  8. ^ "Andy Frankenberger Bio". Retrieved 2012-01-27. Andy Frankenberger hails from New York City, where he was born, though he spent much of his youth in Massachusetts. While in high school, he spent a Semester abroad in Siberia as an exchange student, where he became fluent in Russian. 
  9. ^ a b c Cohen, Stefanie; Kaplan, Don (September 2, 2010). "Poker Ace". New York Post. p. 1. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Andy Frankenberger Bio". Retrieved 2012-01-27. He then attended Duke University and graduated with degrees in Economics and Russian. 
  11. ^ "Andy Frankenberger wins WPT Season IX Player of the Year". ESPN. 2001-06-19. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  12. ^ a b c "Andy Frankenberger Results". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  13. ^ Feldman, Andrew (27 May 2011). "Frankenberger makes trade of his life". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  14. ^ "Andy Frankenberger". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  15. ^ Welman, Jessica (23 July 2011). "A Tale of Two Qualifiers". Retrieved 2012-01-28. He won the event, picking up his first WSOP bracelet along with $599,153. Barely a year after his first tournament cash, Frankenberger had met all the qualifications to earn a Two-Year B card, something most league members needed years to accomplish. 
  16. ^ "Andy Frankenberger Wins the PartyPoker Premier League Mixed Game Championship". 21 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  17. ^ "Premiere League Mixed Game Championship". 10 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  18. ^ Zupko, Amy (3 January 2012). "2011 Hottest Men in Poker". Woman Poker Player Magazine. Retrieved 2012-01-27. Our criteria was simple: talented, sexy, and of course a big bank roll, as, let’s face it ladies . . . size does matter!