Cal Anderson is one of the top online players in the world, but he's no slouch in real life. If there's a major online series, the American is grinding down in Mexico as an exiled pro under 'cal42688'. Since it's the summer, Anderson returned to America to take a shot at a few WSOP events in Las Vegas. He won a bracelet a few summers ago, but once you win one, you want to win another.
Cal Anderson went deep in the $10K Razz Championship and found himself at a crazy-difficult final table that including one of the top players in Europe, the hottest player at the WSOP, the former WSOP POY winner, the best player from Canada, and a Frenchman who shipped his first bracelet earlier this summer. How epic was this final table? Chainsaw Kessler bubbled it.
The Razz championship event ran late into the night on Friday. Anderson found himself heads-up with three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela. The 2010 WSOP Player of the Year was seeking a fourth bracelet, but fell short of the mark. Kassela settled on second place and Anderson shipped his second bracelet.
Event #56 $10,000 Razz Championship - Final Results
The final two tables in $10K Razz were stacked. Ted Forrest was seeking his seventh bracelet, but ole Ted was knocked out in 14th place late on Day 2. Day three resumed with 13 players bearing down on a final table. Johnny World Hennigan was lurking. Of course he was. Johnny World was seeking out another spot at another final table, while he's also vying for WSOP POY with Shaun Deeb.
With 13 to go, Chainsaw Kessler was also still alive. Could he finally win his first bracelet in 131 cashes? That's the question the entire internets wondered. Meanwhile, polish pro Dzmitry Urbanovich has a bunch of titles in Europe, but he's yet to ship a bracelet event in Vegas. He was gunning for some bling. Would Razz be Urbanovich's breakthrough?
Alas, Chainsaw bubbled the final table in ninth place. He will say he made the final table on a technicality because he was seated at the final nine.
Urbanovich was the first out in eighth at the official final table. Johnny World followed in seventh place. Alex Balandin hit the road in sixth and Jerry Wong busted in fifth.
Mike Leah missed a shot at winning #2 and the Canuck was dunzo in fourth. Bracelet winner Julien Martini from France busted in third place, Martini's exit set up the heavyweight bout between Frank Kassela and Calvin Anderson. They slugged it out for a couple hours before action was suspended.
Day 4 featured a high noon showdown between the old school and new school. Both had previously won bracelets but were seeking another. Three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela won the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year and he was on a path for his fourth. On the other side of the felt sat Calvin Anderson... one of the greatest online tournaments players in the history of PokerStars. Anderson, playing under his moniker cal42688, has more COOP titles than anyone can count. He's shipped at least 8 SCOOPs and 2 WCOOPs.
Calvin Anderson is one of those cardslingers who can play almost any game. He cashed in eight events this summer and missed a couple final tables by a few spots in Triple Draw (12th) and Big Antes (11th). He won his bracelet back in 2014 in Stud Hi/Lo. In 2016, he almost won the Little One for One Drop, but busted in second place. It took him two summers to get another shot at the bling, but this time he was ready.
Frank Kassela cashed in six events (including Razz) this summer. He went deep in Triple Draw, but missed the final table when he busted in tenth place.
On Saturday, Kassela couldn't pull off the magic. He busted in second place and won $191,111 as a consolation prize. Anderson shipped $309,220 for first place, plus the Razz bracelet.
Only the top 18 places paid out in the Razz Championships. Among the others who cashed, but missed the final table... Chainsaw, Ismael Bojang, Paul Volpe, Eric Rodawig, Ted Forrest, Per Hildebrand, Cary Katz, James Obst, Scott Seiver, and Daniel Ospina.
WSOP - Event #56 $10,000 Razz Championship
Prize Pool: $1,118,600
Final Table Results:
1. Calvin Anderson (USA) $309,220
2. Frank Kassela (USA) $191,111
3. Julien Martini (France) $134,587
4. Mike Leah (Canada) $96,744
5. Jerry Wong (USA) $71,014
6. Alex Balandin (USA) $53,253
7. John Hennigan (World) $40,817
8. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) $31,992