$10k Stud H/L - Kassela Reigns Supreme!
It's ovarrr! Tennessean, Frank Kassela proved he had what it takes to rule the WSOP $10,000 Seven Card Stud H/L Championship. It has been a long and brutal battle but after days of playing he was the last man person standing.
Jennifer Harman Out In Third
Even though she was low on chips, Jennifer Harman still had an excellent chance at a comeback. Her husband Marco Traniello and several other friends were in attendance offering some moral support.
Unfortunately, as we all know, there is some luck in poker, and hers ran out.
Harman had been whittled down to 700,000 when she messed with the Chainsaw and got hurt. To make a long story short, Harman got in for the last of her chips on fifth street in a spot where her low was drawing dead against Allen Kessler's 7-5 and she had no high. Kessler made a pair of fours on seventh and Harman caught total air.
An observer told PL.com that on her way out, she threw a water bottle at a chair and was heard saying that she had 'misplayed the hand and is going to be thinking about it a long time.'
With Harman out of there, there was one thing for certain: one of the two remaining would be winning their first WSOP bracelet.
The heads up match started with Frank Kassela having about 4 million to Allen Kessler's 1 million. Despite a few hiccups, it was pretty much smooth sailing from then on for Frank Kassela.
Kessler kept allowing himself to fall desperately low in chips before getting all in and either scooping or splitting.
It all seemed pretty harmless (the pots were small) but, after a little while, Kassela just wanted to get it over with.
The Last Straw
Left with just a little over 200k, Kessler decided it was go time. He looked down at T-8-9 and went for it after Kassela completed on third street. Kessler raised and then called the last of his chips when Kassela reraised.
Kassela had buried sevens but Kessler promptly nailed an eight on fourth to make a better pair. Kassela made his 'I've seen this before face' but didn't hold it for long. The dealer gave him two pair on fifth.
Kessler made two pair of his own on sixth Kassela's two pair was better and a brick on the river signaled the end of a very sad Kessler.
Tennessean, Frank Kassela won his first bracelet tonight. Not only that but he'll be getting a nice little check for $447,446.
The Chainsaw got a little payday of his own. He took down $276,485 for his second place finish. It's the biggest score of his life so far and hopefully the sign of good times to come.
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