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Calvin Anderson Prevails

Written by Stefan | Friday, July 4th, 2014

Event #30 $1,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Low 8 or Better wrapped up place on June 13th, and saw Oklahoma, USA’s Calvin Anderson win his very first gold bracelet and a $190K paycheck. But this wasn’t a short road for Anderson. He’s been diligently chasing the gold for the past four years, and rightfully so. Anderson landed a third-place finish in Event #38 just four days after this win, for which he scored another $136K. Still yet, he was to cash again on the 19th of June, a payout that more than doubled the $1,500 buy-in, but it’s just proof that he’s in it to win it, cashing out twice this year before he won his first bracelet in Event #2 Mixed Max NLH ($25,000 buy-in, yielding a $63K payout for 14th place) and Event #22 $10K HORSE (8th place with a $50K payout). Not to mention his six paid finishes at last year’s WSOP, three cash outs in 2012, two in 2011, and a 142nd place finish in 2010.

His stats are definitely getting better, and we could very well possibly see him at the Main Event final table, if not this year, maybe next. Anderson may find himself a contender in Player of the Year Race, as well. His determination is nearly unmatched by his colleagues, and it shows in the way he plays. Only a few hours after he had made the final table, he had closed in on that bracelet.

Anderson explained after winning, “I wouldn’t say it was easy, I just ran really good. Seven Stud Hi-Lo isn’t a game where you can just start bluffing people in, you have to draw some cards, and some cards have to go your way. But I felt that I played really well. I took my time on all the decisions. There were a lot of good opponents for sure, but I ran really good.”

Some of those good opponents that Anderson speaks of include a final table full of stiff competition. John Myung, who ultimately finished in 8th place, Jimmy Fricke, 7th, Melissa Burr, 5th, and Levon “Leo” Torosyan, 4th, had all experienced WSOP final table pressure before, but had never won a bracelet. Runner-up Joe Tehan has also never won a bracelet, however, he has had an impressive 38 WSOP cashes over the past nine years. Sanjay Pandya was also in the mix. He’s cashed in eight WSOP events since 2004, but never won a bracelet.

In fact, there were no players at the final table who had ever won a bracelet before. Just missing the final table bubble was one player, though, who had won a WSOP tournament before, and that was Ted Forrest. He’s actually won six gold bracelets, but experience was no match for Anderson’s fate. Forrest was out in 9th place.

Both Tehan and Burr are two out of 14 players who have experienced multiple final tables this year, Burr being the only female, and Tehan’s being back to back.

“It’s a good feeling to win the gold bracelet,” said Anderson. “I wouldn’t say it completely validates me and what I do for a career. I’ve had a lot of success, although I will certainly get a lot more recognition from this. It’s definitely a good thing, especially after coming close a few times.”

Anderson actually spends most of his time in Baja, Mexico where he can play Internet poker, traveling back to the US frequently for live events. He is quite proficient in a number of poker variants and noted that he wasn’t surprised to win a bracelet in an “old style” poker game.

“There is a certain way to play this game and I think that’s why it’s maybe not as popular [as Hold’em]. It’s sort of like chess where the best players already have figured it out.”

This year, this event generated a prize pool worth just under $800K, generated by 588 registrants. The top 64 finishers were paid including Chris Wallace, previous 2014 bracelet winner, who finished in 16th place.


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