Twelve players started the last day of WSOP Event #30 – $1,500 Stud 8 tournament, that gathered a total of 588 players. After two full days of play, it was down to the remaining dozen to decide who would get the coveted gold bracelet..
A couple hours later, it was all crystal clear, as Calvin Anderson celebrated the victory and his first bracelet while congratulatory messages came from all sides, both live and on his Twitter. He started his heads-up battle with Joe Tehan as nearly a 3:1 chip leader and, unlike what we have mostly seen in the limit events thus far, there were no comebacks or uncertainty.
Only a couple hands in, Anderson solidified his lead, taking over a better than ten-to-one advantage over Tehan and then proceeded to finish him off. In the very last hand, Tehan put his last 20,000 in with #5s#2s#3c against Anderson’s #8d#4h#6h. By the time all the cards were dealt, Anderson was holding two pair, Eights and Fours, against Tehan’s sole pair of Deuces, and that signaled the end of the match.
Tehan earned $118,014 for his runner-up finish, but he wasn’t able to claim the bracelet as that honor went to Anderson who received $190,538 for his great run in the tournament.
Despite the great success, Anderson was quite modest about his victory in an interview with WSOP.com and contributed a big portion of his success to a good run of cards.
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.”
Despite his modesty, beating this final table was no easy task as there were quite a few names with a lot of experience. John Myung ($15,772) and Jimmy Fricke ($20,932), who finished eight and seventh, respectively, both had previous WSOP final table experience, and so did fourth place finisher Levon Torosyan ($55,319).
Melissa Burr, who finished in fifth and took home $39,181, already made one previous final table during this series. Second place finisher Tehan actually made back-to-back final tables. As for sixth place finisher Sanjay Pandya ($28,346) and third place Eric Kurtzman ($79,800), they certainly didn’t lack experience.
Although Anderson said in his interview that this bracelet does not completely validate him or what he does for his career, it certainly speaks heaps about his poker skills. With one previous final table already during this WSOP, he is now in contention for the WSOP Player of the Year race as well.
As the series slowly moves towards its second half, things are becoming more and more heated for sure!