Kassela Talks About Potential WSOP POY Win

Frank Kassela
From virtual unknown to the top of the poker ladder, Kassela on the verge of prestigious POY award.

Frank Kassela is currently leading the Player of the Year race and with John Juanda being eliminated on day 1D, his chances of winning just went way up.

Kassela entered the Main Event with 285 points, while Juanda was the next closest with 225.

Based on the POY scoring model that awards 100 points to 1st and 75 points to 2nd, the only way Kassela won't be the 2010 Player of the Year is if one of three remaining contenders wins the Main Event. Those still in the running include Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Vladimir Shchemelev and Dan Heimiller.

"The most important thing now is for me to cash the Main Event," Kassela told PokerListings during the final break of day 1D. "I think if I finish in the top 20 then I have everyone else drawing dead."

Kassela is doing his part to seal the deal as he just sent a player to the rail right before break, building his chip stack up to 89k. "Today's table has been relatively stable; it's really been a perfect starting table," he said.

Kassela wasn't on many radars coming into the series despite having a long list of cashes dating back to 2004. After winning two bracelets in stud events and final tabling the high roller $25k Six Handed event in 2010, he's now on the verge of joining an elite group of past POY winners that includes highly respected pros such as Daniel Negreanu and Allen Cunningham.

"It's looking good, but there are no sure things," a humble Kassela said. "Grinder has a lot of chips and if there is anyone who can do it, it's him."

Still, the father of five admits the POY race would be a great finish to an already fantastic WSOP.   

"For a poker player it's been a dream summer, I don't know what more you can say."

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