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World Series of Poker -- Frank Kassela Wins Event No. 40 ($2,500 Seven Card Razz)
Becomes First Double Winner This Summer
It took until event No. 40 ($2,500 seven card razz) for the 2010 World Series of Poker to see its first double-bracelet winner.
Early Thursday morning, poker pro Frank Kassela became the first player to win a second title of the summer.
Kassela’s first win came back in event No. 15 ($10,000 seven card stud 8 or better championship) where he pocketed $447,446 for his efforts. His victory on Thursday netted him $214,085 and membership into poker’s elite club of two-time WSOP champions.
The final table of the razz event was one of the toughest end-game lineups of the summer. Kassela had to overcome the likes of Chris Bjorin, Jen Harman and Vladimir Shchemelev. Remarkably, Harman and Shchemelev were also at the final table with Kassela in the stud 8/OB championship.
Shchemelev made his fourth final table of the summer, but fell short yet again in the quest for a bracelet. Maxwell Troy, Kassela’s heads-up opponent, also faced more disappointment at the 2010 WSOP. Troy finished runner-up in event No. 27 ($1,500 Seven Card Stud 8 or Better) as well.
Kassela’s opponents were tough, however, he faced an even greater challenge at the end of day one. When the chips were bagged after the first day of play, Kassela sat in 105th chip position out of the 105 runners returning for day two.
Nonetheless, Kassela was able to chip up a few times to get himself right back into contention where he parlayed a nice run of cards and a great understanding of the game into his second bracelet of the series.
Here is a look at the final results:
1. Frank Kassela — $214,085
2. Maxwell Troy — $132,229
3. Melville Lewis — $85,284
4. Vladimir Shchemelev — $61,795
5. Mikko Pispala — $45,433
6. Jennifer Harman — $33,890
7. Stuart Rutter — $25,646
8. Chris Bjorin — $19,686
Here are the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:
Chris Bjorin Eliminated in 8th Place ($19,686)
Chris Bjorin was all in on for 40,000 against Vladimir Shchemelev. Shchemelev’s (A – 4) – (2) was leading Bjorin’s (6 – 5) – (2). Shchemelev’s board stood on the end as (A – 4) – (2 – J – 5 – 3) – (10) for a wheel and eliminating Bjorin in eighth place. Shchemelev was at 270,000 after the hand.
Stuart Rutter Eliminated in 7th Place ($25,646)
Vladimir Shchemelev had the bring-in with a 10 showing and Stuart Rutter completed with a 7 showing. Shchemelev called. Schelemev bet fourth street and Rutter called. Shchemelev bet on fifth and Rutter raised to put himself all in. The two players exposed their cards. Shchemelev tabled a ten-low and was in great shape against Rutter’s A-3-6-7-Q. Rutter paired on sixth and received a worthless jack on the end. Shchemelev’s board read (5 – 7) – (10 – 4 – 8 – Q) – (X) while Rutter was no good with (3 – 6) – (7 – Q – A – Q) – (J). Rutter was gone in seventh.
Jennifer Harman Eliminated in 6th Place ($33,890)
Jennifer Harman called the bring-in and Melville Lewis’ completion. Harman bet on fourth street and Lewis called. Harman bet on fifth and Lewis raised to put her all in. Harman made the call with a board reading (2 – 4) – (9 – 3 – 5), while
Lewis tabled a board of (6 – 5) – (A – J – 3). Harman received a Q on sixth, while Lewis was dealt a 7. Harman paired with a 4 on seventh and Lewis pulled a 2 to send Harman to the rail with a 7-6 low.
Mikko Pispala Eliminated in 5th Place ($45,433)
Frank Kassela completed and Mikko Pispala raised. Kassela called. Pispala was all in on fourth street. On the end Kassela’s board read (A – 9) – (5 – Q – J – 6) – (8). Pispala’s (3 – 8) – (7 – 7 – 5 – 9) – (3) was laying on the felt, as he paired on the end and had an inferior 9-8. Kassela was at 750,000 after the hand.
Vladimir Shchemelev Eliminated in 4th Place ($61,795)
Frank Kassela completed for 50,000 and Vladimir Shchemelev made it 100,000. Kassela put in a third-bet and Shchemelev called for his last 35,000. Kassela’s board ran out (A – 4) – (7 – 9 – 10 – 9) – (5) and was way good against the (A – 6) – (8 – 8 – 8 – 8) – (3) of Shchemelev. The quads were no good for the Russian and he was eliminated. Kassela was up to 720,000 after the hand.
Melville Lewis Eliminated in 3rd Place ($85,284)
Melville Lewis had the bring-in and Maxwell Troy completed for 60,000. Lewis called. Lewis called a bet on fourth street and raised all in on fifth street. Troy made the call. Lewis’ board ran out (8 – 6) – (3 – 9 – 2 – 2) – (7) and was no good against Troy’s (7 – 5) – (A – 8 – 4 – 5) – (Q). Lewis was gone and the heads-up match began.
Maxwell Troy Eliminated in 2nd Place ($132,229), Frank Kassela Wins Event No.40 ($214,085)
Maxwell Troy brought-in and Frank Kassela completed. Troy bet and Kassela raised. Troy threw in another raise, getting the rest of his stack into the middle. Kassela called. Troy’s board ran out (3 – 2) – (6 – 8 – 7 – Q) – (4) but was no good against the board of Kassela which read (4 – 3) – (2 – 5 – 9 – 5) – (7). Kassela’s 7-5 low was good aginast the 7-6 of Troy.
CardPlayer TV caught up with Kassela after his first bracelet:
Stay tuned to Card Player for more coverage of Kassela’s accomplishment!
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