Frank Kassela

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Frank Kassela
Frank Kassela.jpg
Kassela at the 2010 World Series of Poker
Born Frank R. Kassela
(1968-02-26) February 26, 1968 (age 49)
Chicago Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Small business owner, Army Reserve veteran, poker player
Home town Germantown, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Website Official website[dead link]
Frank Kassela
Nickname(s) Lights Out
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Final table(s) 8
Money finish(es) 22
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
674th, 2010
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 2
Information accurate as of 28 October 2013.

Frank R. Kassela (born February 26, 1968)[1] is an American professional poker player from Germantown, Tennessee now residing in Las Vegas,[2] who is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. He won both of his bracelets at the 2010 World Series of Poker. First in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship event and second in the $2,500 Razz event.[3][4] and earned the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Award.

World Series of Poker[edit]

At the World Series of Poker (WSOP), Kassela has won two bracelets, cashed twelve times, and made four final tables. The first time he made a final table was back at the 2005 WSOP in the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event which was won by Johnny Chan, Kassela finished fourth earning $68,425, he just missed out making another (eight player) final table when he finished ninth in the 2008 WSOP $1,500 Razz event.

Kassela won both of his WSOP bracelets in 2010, the first was at the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, It began with 170 entries with a final table made up of notable professional poker players such as Allen Kessler (2nd), Jennifer Harman (3rd), Steve Zolotow (4th), John Juanda (5th), Vladimir Shchemelev (7th) and Dario Minieri (8th). Along with the bracelet he also earned the first place prize of $447,446.[5]

His second bracelet with the first place prize of $214,085 was at the $2,500 Razz event which included two players that made up the final table from which he won his first bracelet, Jennifer Harman (6th) and Vladimir Schemelev (4th) also at the final table was the Swedish professional poker player Chris Björin (8th).[3]

Kassela also finished in third place in the 2010 WSOP $25,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em Six-Handed event for $556,053. He also cashed in the 2010 WSOP Main Event finishing 674th place, earning him $21,327 after his K K failed to hold up to his opponents' A Q.[6]

As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000.[7]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Event Prize Money
2010 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship $447,446
2010 $2,500 Razz $214,085

2014 Congressional Run[edit]

On October 28, 2013, Kassela filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for congress in Nevada's 3rd congressional district.[8]

On November 25, 2013, Kassela withdrawn his candidacy and endorsed Erin Bilbray for Congress on his Twitter account.[9]


  1. ^ "Frank Kassela profile". Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Welman, Jessica (June 9, 2010). "WSOP Bracelet Winner Profile: Frank Kassela". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Yost, Travis (June 23, 2010). "WSOP: Frank Kassela Takes Down $2,500 Seven-card Razz". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Butt, Robert. "Frank Kassela - Results". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Guerrero, Rafael (June 9, 2010). "World Series of Poker -- Frank Kassela Wins Event No. 15". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ Kassela Knocked Out, Assured Share of WSOP POY (temp ref)
  7. ^ Butt, Robert. "Frank Kassela - Stats". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
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