Calvin Anderson (cal42688) Wins First WSOP Bracelet

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“I wouldn’t say it was easy; I just ran really good.” Those were comments from Calvin cal42688Anderson to World Series of Poker staff after his victory on Sunday at the Rio in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament. “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 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.” Anderson is pictured, left, with fellow former #1 player Griffin Flush_EntityBenger.

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Anderson, a former #1 player on PocketFives who is currently ranked #30, started the final table with a middle of the road stack. However, he quickly turned on the jets, as when five players remained, the Oklahoma native had more chips than the rest of the table combined.

He added what a gold bracelet means to him: “It’s a good feeling to win the gold bracelet. I wouldn’t say it completely validates me and what I do for a career. I’ve had a lot of success, although I will certainly get a lot more recognition from this. It’s definitely a good thing, especially after coming close a few times.” Anderson final tabled a $10,000 HORSE event earlier this month and has won nearly a quarter of a million dollars from his WSOP cashes thus far in 2014.

Online, Anderson has a sterling $5.5 million in MTT winnings, including a $303,000 hit for taking down the Full Tilt Poker$1.5 Million Guarantee in 2011. He has SCOOP and WCOOP wins on PokerStars and has won that site’s Sunday Second Chance three times.

Anderson’s bracelet was the 12th claimed by members of the PocketFives community this year through 30 completed events. Here’s how the final table of the $1,500 Stud event cashed out:

1st: Place Calvin cal42688 Anderson – $190,538
2nd Place: Joe Tehan – $118,014
3rd Place: Eric Kurtzman – $79,800
4th Place: Levon Torosyan – $55,319
5th Place: Melissa Burr – $39,181
6th Place: Sanjay Pandya – $28,346
7th Place: Jimmy gobboboy Fricke – $20,932
8th Place: John Myung – $15,772

Also at the Rio, Matt All in At 420Stout (pictured) leads the 15 remaining players in Event #31, a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. A top prize of $418,000 is hanging in the balance and Stout has a stack of 1.13 million in chips, the only player to bag seven-figures.

His biggest hand of the day came with, you guessed it, pocket fives. He flopped a set with our eponymous hand and eliminated Alessandro Bardaro in 16th place to add 475,000 to his stack. Here’s how the final 15 look:

1. Matt All In At 420 Stout – 1,130,000
2. Aleksandr Gofman – 951,000
3. Brett Shaffer – 812,000
4. Eric Spitzer – 674,000
5. Peter Gould – 639,000
6. Ronald Sullivan – 537,000
7. Steven McNallyville McNally – 463,000
8. Robert Schmidt – 442,000
9. Jason Vanstrom – 422,000
10. Rajaee Wazwaz – 359,000
11. Jim Jakobsen – 350,000
12. Kyle FirstEagle Weir – 181,000
13. Michael Souza – 167,000
14. Bryan Reisner – 133,000
15. Jonathan Kedj – 83,000

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