Lights out U.S. Congress! A professional poker player plans to take Washington D.C. by storm next year.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Frank Kassela filed the necessary paperwork on October 24 to run for Congress and represent the state of Nevada. He will candidate for the Democratic Party and will face political trainer Erin Bilbray in the race for the seat currently held by Republican Joe Heck.
The primary election will he held on June 3, 2014. “Welcome to race! I look forward to seeing you on the trail,” Bilbray tweeted on Monday. “Looking forward to a spirited conversation,” Kassela replied.
Kassela was a Republican but he recently changed sides after his disappointment in the way the government shutdown was handled. “He thinks we need more smart, thoughtful citizens to get involved in government. If you just have career politicians or people who are so ideologically dug in, we are not governing,” his political adviser, Angela Kouters, explained.
Nicknamed “Lights Out,” Kassela is a successful Las Vegas poker player and businessman. He has won $2,406,818 in live poker tournaments and cashed 50 times. Kassela began playing poker in 2000 and had a terrific year in 2010 when he was awarded the prestigious World Series of Poker Player of the Year. He won two gold bracelets that year, in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-Split-8 or Better World Championship, and also in $2,500 Seven Card Razz.
As a businessman, Kassela founded a company that sells hospital scrubs and nurses uniforms to the medical industry. Before he moved to Las Vegas in 2008, the poker pro also founded a Memphis-based company that distributes office supplies and promotional products.