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Calvin Anderson Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Razz Championship

Poker Pro Tops Tough Final Table To Win His Second Gold Bracelet

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Calvin Anderson has won the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Razz championship, overcoming a field of 119 players to win his second WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $309,220. In addition to the bracelet and the money, Anderson was also awarded 600 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was the 30-year-old poker pro’s eighth cash of the summer, but it was his first live tournament final table finish since July of 2016. He now has more than $2.1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Anderson’s other bracelet came in a seven card stud eight-ot-better event. He told WSOP reporters that he enjoys the different vibe that mixed game final tables have when compared with no-limit hold’em. “Most of the final tables that we play are really tense. Everybody’s trying to balance their timing and stall; they’re all worried about giving stuff away. Scarves, hoodies and all that stuff," he said in reference to playing non-mixed-game event. "It’s … how relaxed things are, fun to play. You don’t have to worry about that stuff, which I think is much better for the game. You get a game like razz or one of the other mixed games, it’s like, you put your feet up and relax.”

While Anderson may have felt more relaxed at this final table, he hardly had an easy road to the title. Joining him at the final table were the likes of five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan (7th – $40,817), 2014 WSOP Asia Pacific $25,000 no-limit hold’em winner Mike Leah (4th – $96,744) and recent WSOP $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event winner Julien Martini (3rd – $134,587).

Frank KasselaThree-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela knocked out Martini to enter heads-up play against Anderson at a 3-to-2 chip defecit. The two battled it out for a while before tournament officials decided to have them bag up their chips and return for an unscheduled fourth day. By that point Anderson had extended his lead to more than 3-to-1.

It didn’t take long for Anderson to seal the deal once play resumed. He made a 9-7-5-4-A against Kassela’s 9-8-7-6-A on the fourth hand of the day. Kassela was left with just two antes after the hand and was all-in on the next deal. Anderson made a 7-5-4-3-2 on the final hand to lock up the title, sending Kassela home with $191,111.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Calvin Anderson $309,220 600
2 Frank Kassela $191,111 500
3 Julien Martini $134,587 400
4 Mike Leah $96,744 300
5 Jerry Wong $71,014 250
6 Alex Balandin $53,253 200
7 John Hennigan $40,817 150
8 Dzmitry Urbanovich $31,992 100

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2018 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.