Frank Kassela

Frank Kassela
Nationality: United States
Last seen on: 2021 World Series of Poker

Biography

Frank Kassela is an American poker player. He has won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, as well as being named 2010 WSOP Player of the Year.

Biography

Kassela was born February 26, 1968 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Kassela at the WSOP

In 2005, Kassela recorded his first WSOP cash and indeed his first WSOP final table, finishing fourth in a $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event.

A regular at tournaments across Las Vegas, Kassela recorded numerous cashes across the city before the 2010 World Series of Poker.

In 2010, he cashed six times, made three final tables and won two bracelets. He also cashed for over $1.2 million.

His first bracelet came in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Championship for $447,446. He defeated Allen Kessler heads-up. Less than a month later, Kassela had his hands on his second bracelet, winning Event #40: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz after defeating a final table featuring Jennifer Harman, Chris Bjorin and Vladimir Schemelev.

In 2015, Kassela recorded a final table finish at the 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event. He finished fifth.

Kassela picked up his third bracelet in 2017, winning Event #13: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw for $89,151.

He narrowly missed out on another bracelet in 2018, finishing second to Calvin Anderson in Event #56: $10,000 Razz - Championship.

WSOP Player of the Year Winners

YearPlayerBraceletsCashes
2004Daniel Negreanu1$346,280
2005Allen Cunningham1$1,007,115
2006Jeff Madsen2$1,467,852
2007Tom Schneider2$416,829
2008Erick Lindgren1$1,358,528
2009Jeff Lisandro3$807,521
2010Frank Kassela2$1,255,314
2011Ben Lamb1$5,352,970
2012Greg Merson2$9,785,354
2013Daniel Negreanu2$1,954,054
2014George Danzer3$878,933
2015Mike Gorodinsky1$1,766,487
2016Jason Mercier2$960,424
2017Chris Ferguson1$428,423
2018Shaun Deeb2$2,545,623
2019Robert Campbell2$750,844
2020Not awarded  
2021Josh Arieh2$1,194,061

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $1,500 Razz
23rd $3,376
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
25th $17,995
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
77th $3,175
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
7th $30,817
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
8th $7,722
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #10: $1,500 Dealers Choice
35th $3,299
2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship
169th $25,450
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship
2nd $191,111
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
144th $4,513
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
10th $7,809
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
78th $2,295
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
39th $1,138
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
11th $9,072
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
16th $7,821
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
19th $14,277
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
81st $2,242
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
142nd $8,054
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
1st $89,151
2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific
$10,000 Main Event
5th 164,089 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
6th $212,829
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice
6th $18,575
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #57: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
73rd $9,175
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $2,500 Seven-Card Stud
5th $31,978
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
49th $7,538
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
15th $17,323
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
14th $8,027
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
20th $5,726
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
13th $16,407
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed
3rd $556,053
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $2,500 Mixed Event
36th $5,376
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
1st $214,085
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #15: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
1st $447,446
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
10th $11,027
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 26 - $1,500 Razz
9th $13,294

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