Frank Kassela took down the 2010 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award, and won two gold bracelets. The first one was in a 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship and the second in Razz. Kassela hit the headlines in the political arena by filing papers to run for Congress in Nevada according to motherjones.com.
Kassela hopes to challenge Republican Joe Heck who is on his second term, and faces competition from one other Democratic challenger, non-profit executive Erin Bilbray. The district Kassela is seeking nomination in covers part of Las Vegas and the rural area to the south and is inclined to favor Republican.
What was Kassela's political affiliation previous to a week ago? It's not clear but from a Tweet delivered by veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston, it appears that the manner in which the GOP handled the shutdown and the party's position on social issues may have pulled the trigger on Kassela's decision to step in and bid for a commanding role. It's reported that a year ago in November Kassela tweeted "How do Republicans continue to nominate people to run for Governor,Congress&Senate Seats, who say such crazy things about rape? #insanity."
The World Series of Poker Player of the Year write-up gives a brief history on Kassela and provides some background but as far as politics are concerned, get ready for the ride as we all wait to see what Kassela has in mind.