Calvin Anderson, ranked as the top online tournament player in the world as recently as last November, just added his first World Series of Poker bracelet to his resume, taking down Event #30: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low. Anderson will pocket $190,538 for his win after defeating fellow American pro Joe Tehan heads up. He defeated a total field of 588 players to claim his win.
Anderson came into the day in good position, second in chips out of the final 12 behind eventual third-place finisher Eric Kurtzman. After a couple of quick eliminations, including Ted Forrest bubbling out, the final table commenced with Anderson fourth out of eight. John Myung and Jimmy Fricke fell early on, with Anderson taking many of Fricke's chips with a low straight before Fricke busted. Short stacks Sanjay Pandya and Melissa Burr headed out the door in sixth and fifth, respectively, before Anderson took out Levon Torosyan in a huge pot with a boat over an ace-high flush.
Anderson then dealt a crushing blow to Kurtzman, scooping him with two pair and then finishing him off shortly thereafter. The Oklahoma native took a big lead into heads-up play, which surprisingly ended in less than an hour as Anderson just kept winning key pots. Tehan had to console himself with second, but he still cashed for well over $100,000.
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Joe Tehan got his last few thousand in on the first round of bets.
Both had low cards, but Tehan caught bad with the , while Anderson caught good the to pair up. On fifth street, both players got a bit of help as Tehan added a pair with while Anderson added a low draw and straight draw with . Tehan got another brick on sixth with the , and Anderson improved to two pair with .
Tehan impatiently waved the dealer to throw him his last card, and the dealer obliged with the , ending any hope for a comeback.
Eric Kurtzman completed and Calvin Anderson called before Anderson bet fourth and fifth with Kurtzman calling and then raising to 100,000 on fifth. Anderson raised and Kurtzman committed his last 21,000 as each player's board ran out as follows:
Kurtzman: / /
Anderson: / /
With Anderson making kings-up, Kurtzman was sent to the rail in 3rd place for a $79,800 payday.
Melissa Burr had the bring-in and Joe Tehan completed. Burr raised to 50,000 and Tehan made it three bets to go before Burr raised one more time to 100,000 leaving herself just 13,000. Tehan putt Burr all in, and she obliged as both player's board ran out as follows:
Burr: / /
Tehan: / /
With Burr rivering jacks-up, it would be Tehan's river that saw him spike a wheel for the low and a six-high straight for the high to end Burr's tournament in 5th place for a $39,181 payday.
Sanjay Pandya had the bring-in and John Myung completed before the action folded to Joe Tehan and he raised to 30,000. Pandya called and Myung called all-in for 25,000. Fourth and fifth streets were checked before Pandya bet sixth to force Tehan out.
Pandya: / /
Myung: / /
Pandya tabled his / and Myung his / to be the 8th place finisher for $15,772.