2018 WSOP Event 56: Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
It's about time that people stop thinking of Calvin Anderson as just an online-poker specialist. The 30-year-old Oklahoma native, in addition to his dozens and dozens of accomplishments on the virtual felt, is now a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, besting a field of 119 players in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. His previous bracelet came in Stud Hi-Lo in 2014, and a second mixed-game bracelet just goes to show what a well-rounded player Anderson is.
However, for Anderson, it's about maintaining a positive attitude in poker and in life that has helped him to become so successful.
"I think it's important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life."
"I spend a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction and a lot of other universal and spiritual truths from various people," a reflective Anderson said after his win. "And basically, I think it's important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life. I find that a lot of people, just in general, they're very victimizing to themselves. They're complaining about everything and it doesn't match the frequency of winning. A lot of people are complaining about being the victim, but I think maintaining the power is important. Whenever you do complain and get frustrated, you're losing a lot of power and giving it to someone else. Not only in the game, but anywhere else. Things like this happen all the time, and a big reason why I like poker is because it's so relatable to life in so many areas."
Anderson has his share of critics, especially in a game like Razz where it's perceived simplicity is grossly misunderstood, but those who know better understand that there is more to it than just playing a few low cards and hoping to run the best.
"It's an enjoyable game in general. Most of the game is hand based. You can't just bluff all in with deuce three off like hold'em. It's just a chill game in general. I'm very comfortable in all the spots, and I always know where I am. My game...I'm adapting constantly to how everyone's playing, putting myself in their shoes. So I may do one thing vs. another player that I would never do vs. somebody else. From their perspective, they don't really get that or understand that. Being close-minded is kind of why people are, I'm not really sure the word to say, delusional a bit about reality, I guess."
Final Table Results
|1||Calvin Anderson||United States||$309,220|
|2||Frank Kassela||United States||$191,111|
|5||Jerry Wong||United States||$71,014|
|6||Alex Balandin||United States||$53,253|
|7||John Hennigan||United States||$40,817|
The 2017 edition of the $10,000 Razz Championship drew 97 players and defending champion James Obst made the money once again in 2018, finishing in 16th for $15,256. This time a field of 119 players, a record-setting number for the $10,000 Razz Championship, creating prize pool of $1,118,600 with the top 18 spots being paid. The money bubble burst late on Day 2 with Chris Ferguson ending up as the last competior without anything to show for it.
Only 13 players returned to the tables for Day 3 and the two shortest stacks, Ted Forrest and Eric Rodawig, were quickly sent to the rail. Paul Volpe's stack took a massive hit early on and he then lost back-to-back hands against Julien Martini to end up drawing dead on sixth street, ending his run in 11th place.
"I'm very comfortable in all the spots, and I always know where I am."
Ismael Bojang tripled his stack early on, but lost two big pots in a row before ending up drawing dead on sixth against Frank Kassela's made eight-six to bust in tenth place.
That set up the unofficial final table and Anderson was still in a commanding lead, while Allen Kessler was at the bottom of the counts. Kessler got short and ended up all in with an eight-six, Dzmitry Urbanovich made an eight-five on seventh street and Kessler peeled his last card, pairing his queen to exit in ninth place.
Final Table Action
Urbanovich, however, was the next casualty and busted in eighth place just days after finishing runner-up in Event #50: $1,500 Razz. The last seven players got moved over to the Brasilia Twitch live stream table and John "World" Hennigan played only one hand before bowing out in seventh place. Down to one big bet he was all in against the other short stack, Jerry Wong, and was drawing dead on fifth street against an eight-seven. Wong ran up his stack from there before becoming the short stack once again.
Alex Balandin departed in sixth place, falling by way of Kassela's six-five on sixth street. Kassela's chips were barely stacked up by the time he eliminated Wong in fifth place. On sixth street, Kassela was in the lead with a seven-six while Wong was drawing live, but he paired up with his final card. The following hand, Mike Leah ended up with an eight-seven on seventh street against Martini, who ended Leah's run with a six-five.
Down to the final three, Martini remained very active and that took a toll on his stack. While the Frenchman doubled up once, he dropped back to the shortest stack and his eight-seven on sixth street ended up second best to Kassela's eight-five on seventh street, setting the stage for an epic-heads up battle.
What followed was a back-and-forth affair that even went through an entire extra level without being able to determine a champion. The lead changed dozens of times and Kassela avoided elimination once before play was halted for the night. Anderson was holding a more than 3-1 lead for the deciding fourth day.
With the limits as big as they were, it took just five hands for Anderson to seal the deal. The fourth hand proved key as Anderson and Kassela went the distance, with Anderson's nine-seven edging Kassela's nine-eight to leave Kassela with just two antes. The match ended the following hand, and Anderson spoke about the lengthy heads-up match.
"We just never ran a big hand into another big hand."
"We just didn't run any big coolers. He was playing a very very passive style, so he wasn't bloating any pots which isn't a bad strategy in a lot of situations. It just made it where we didn't ever play any big pots. He never really three-bet me or reraised when I would raise his completion. He would just trap all of his hands, so the pots never got big at any point really. We just never ran a big hand into another big hand. Not that many times, at least. So that's kind of why the heads-up lasted so long. I wish it would have finished yesterday because at the end of the night I feel like that's where I'm most zoned in and focused. I could have played another 10 or 20 hours, probably. It's just how I'm built. It's quite different than most I would say, but I focus more when it's late."
Anderson is now a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, but winning in poker doesn't equate to winning in life, and Anderson's been a champion there long before this tournament ever took place.
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In this Series
- 1 2018 WSOP Event 1: Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold in $565 Casino Employees
- 2 2018 WSOP Event 2: Elio Fox Wins First Ever WSOP $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693
- 3 2018 WSOP Event 3: Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 2018 WSOP Event 4: Julien Martini Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 2018 WSOP Event 5: Nick Petrangelo Wins WSOP $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($2,910,227)
- 6 2018 WSOP Event 6: Jeremy Perrin Wins The GIANT Turning $365 Into $250,966
- 7 2018 WSOP Event 7: Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 8 2018 WSOP Event 8: Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 9 2018 WSOP Event 9: Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 10 2018 WSOP Event 10: William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 11 2018 WSOP Event 11: Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
- 12 2018 WSOP Event 12: Jeremy Harkin Wins $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 2018 WSOP Event 13: Benjamin Moon Wins $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 14 2018 WSOP Event 14: Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 15 2018 WSOP Event 15: Andrey Zhigalov Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 16 2018 WSOP Event 16: Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 17 2018 WSOP Event 17: Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 2018 WSOP Event 18: Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in $10K Dealer's Choice
- 19 2018 WSOP Event 19: Craig Varnell Wins $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 20 2018 WSOP Event 20: Jeremy Wien Conquers $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 21 2018 WSOP Event 21: Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 2018 WSOP Event 22: Philip Long Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 23 2018 WSOP Event 23: Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 24 2018 WSOP Event 24: Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 2018 WSOP Event 25: Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 26 2018 WSOP Event 26: Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother
- 27 2018 WSOP Event 27: John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 28 2018 WSOP Event 28: Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 29 2018 WSOP Event 29: Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 30 2018 WSOP Event 30: Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 31 2018 WSOP Event 31: Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 32 2018 WSOP Event 32: Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 33 2018 WSOP Event 33: Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
- 34 2018 WSOP Event 34: Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
- 35 2018 WSOP Event 35: Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 36 2018 WSOP Event 36: Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins Event $1,000 Super Seniors ($311,451)
- 37 2018 WSOP Event 37: Eric Baldwin Wins Second Bracelet, Dedicates it to His Father
- 38 2018 WSOP Event 38: Yaniv Birman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($236,238)
- 39 2018 WSOP Event 39: Preston Lee Captures $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Bracelet ($236,498)
- 40 2018 WSOP Event 40: Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 41 2018 WSOP Event 41: Robert Nehorayan Wins $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 42 2018 WSOP Event 42: Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 43 2018 WSOP Event 43: Timur Margolin Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for $507,274
- 44 2018 WSOP Event 44: Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
- 45 2018 WSOP Event 45: Mario Prats Garcia Wins $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 46 2018 WSOP Event 46: David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
- 47 2018 WSOP Event 47: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 48 2018 WSOP Event 48: Tommy Nguyen Wins Monster Stack for $1,037,451
- 49 2018 WSOP Event 49: Loren Klein Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336
- 50 2018 WSOP Event 50: Jay Kwon Wins $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
- 51 2018 WSOP Event 51: Ryan Leng Ships First WSOP Gold in $1,500 BOUNTY ($272,504)
- 52 2018 WSOP Event 52: Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
- 53 2018 WSOP Event 53: Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu, and Fitoussi to win $1,500 PLO8
- 54 2018 WSOP Event 54: Portugal's Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes ($522,715)
- 55 2018 WSOP Event 55: Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther Win the $1K Tag Team for $175,805!
- 56 2018 WSOP Event 56: Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
- 57 2018 WSOP Event 57: Jessica Dawley Wins the WSOP Ladies Championship for $130,230!
- 58 2018 WSOP Event 58: Tribe Has Spoken: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet for $616K
- 59 2018 WSOP Event 59: Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
- 60 2018 WSOP Event 60: Galfond Wins 3rd Bracelet in $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 61 2018 WSOP Event 61: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Championship ($238,778)
- 62 2018 WSOP Event 62: Galen Hall Wins $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em for $888,888
- 63 2018 WSOP Event 63: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth Wins Second Bracelet in WSOP.com Online High Roller for $341,598
- 64 2018 WSOP Event 64: Matsuzuki Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 65 John Cynn Wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8,800,000!
- 66 2018 WSOP Event 66: Longsheng Tan Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $323,472
- 67 2018 WSOP Event 67: Anderson Ireland Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty for First Bracelet and $141K
- 68 2018 WSOP Event 68: Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
- 69 2018 WSOP Event 69: Ronald Keijzer Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $475,033
- 70 2018 WSOP Event 70: Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins Event #70: $3K Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $154K
- 71 2018 WSOP Event 71: Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
- 72 2018 WSOP Event 72: Jordan Polk Wins $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
- 73 2018 WSOP Event 73: Denis Timofeev Bests Leo Margets to Win the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
- 74 2018 WSOP Event 74: Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10,000 6-Max ($814,179)
- 75 2018 WSOP Event 75: Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in The Closer ($612,886)
- 76 2018 WSOP Event 76: Brian Hastings Wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E and 4th Bracelet
- 77 2018 WSOP Event 77: Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773