Event #15 of the 2010 World Series of Poker has finished up and it was Frank Kassela who outlasted the field to win the first place prize. Kassela was able to outlast the 169 other players in the tournament which was a seven card stud hi/lo split 8 or better world championship. The buy-in to this event was $10,000 and the prize pool created was worth $1,598,000.
When it came to final table play, Kassela would have to make it through a difficult field before he could claim the first place win. Jennifer Harmon, John Juanda, Dario Minieri and Steve Zolotow were all at the final table with Kassela.
Once final table play began, the tournament would be tough going. The first to go would be Dario Minieri would went all in by calling Vladimir Schmelev’s all in. Schmelev turned over his cards to show a heart flush and Miniri would muck his cards which left him with very little chips. He would then be eliminated soon after when he went up against Allen Kessler.
Seventh place would go to Vladimir when he moved all in on fifth street and was called by Jennifer Harmon and Kassela. Kassela showed 10-10-10 for the high while Harmon had the 7-5 for the low and Vladimir was knocked out in seventh place.
Kirill Rabtsov would go up against Kassela next which would prove to be the wrong decision. Kassela received a full house on the hand and Rabtsov was eliminated in sixth place. Soon after Kassela would be in for 80,000 and John Juanda would call. Kassela called again and then Juanda would bet for 160,000 which Kassela would meet.
Kassela would show his cards which were three of a kind, all aces. Jaunda would have K-K-7-7 he would be knocked out in fifth place. Fourth would go to Steve Zolotow when he went up against the player of beat at the table Kassela. Zolotow would get a pair of queens on the hand but Kassela would get three nines and this would knock Zolotow out in fourth place.
Third place would go to Jennifer Harman when she went all in against Kessler. By seventh street of the hand Harman held nothing as she missed her 6-low draw and did not earn a pair. Kessler got a pair of fours and knocked Harman out in third place.
This would leave Allen Kessler and Frank Kassela in heads up play. On the final hand Kassela would be the chip leader and he would go in with 100,000 Kessler would raise 200,000 and Kassela would counter with 300,000. Kessler would call and be all in.
Kassela would get queens and sevens and they would beat Kessler’s tens and eights to win the WSOP bracelet. This would be the first WSOP bracelet for Kassela.
1. Frank Kassela — $447,446
2. Allen Kessler — $276,485
3. Jennifer Harman — $173,159
4. Steve Zolotow — $125,379
5. John Juanda — $97,989
6. Kirill Rabtsov — $78,142
7. Vladimir Schmelev — $63,456
8. Dario Minieri — $52,366