Two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet winner Frank Kassela made a few jaws drop when he announced that he aimed to run for Congress.
In October he filed papers to run for the Democratic Party in the state of Nevada in Congressional elections to be held next year.
However, Kassela has now withdrawn his candidacy from the upcoming election due to the amount of time he would have needed to invest into running a proper campaign. The 45-year-old took to Twitter to announce that one month after filing the appropriate papers, he was removing himself from the race for Congress.
“I am dropping out of the NV-03 race because I can’t commit the time away from my family and companies,” he tweeted.
Kassela has been a notable figure among the poker community throughout the last decade, having made numerous achievements in the game. Besides his two gold bracelet wins, he also has 19 total WSOP in-the-money finishes to his name, along with two World Poker Tour (WPT) cashes.
That has all contributed to total live poker tournament earnings of over $2.4 million for Kassela, who was also named the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year.
Kassela’s political career may not have been anywhere near as successful as his career as a poker player. Despite that, his initial decision to run for a seat in Congress sets a good example for other poker figures to someday consider a career in politics.
Perhaps the future may see other professional poker players take the plunge and run for potentially influential political positions in the US and beyond. If that doesn’t happen, at least Kassela’s brief flirtation with politics shows that poker and politics may not be as far apart from each other as some may think.