It's got to be great to be on top of the army of poker players that are always trying to take your chips and trample your achievements underfoot as they send you to the rail — none of which concerns Calvin Anderson who just hit a new achievement after being ranked as the top online tournament player in the world as recently as last November!
Anderson just added his first World Series of Poker bracelet to his long list of accomplishments. Event #30: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low started with 588 players and after three days of play, Anderson had all the chips, a new gold bracelet, and $190,538 for his first-place finish in defeating fellow American pro Joe Tehan heads-up.
The final day found 12 hopefuls returning to the Rio with Anderson second in chips. Ted Forrest bubbled the final table.
Once Anderson knocked out Eric Kurtzman by scooping him with two pair and then sending Kurtzman to the cashier a few moments later, he started heads-up play with a big lead.
The bracelet battle between Tehan and Anderson ended in less than an hour as Anderson just kept stacking key pots.
On the final hand Tehan made sure his last few thousand went in on the first round of bets.
And they were off and running a race to the river with both holding low cards. Tehan picked up a flat with the on fourth street and Anderson made a pair with the . Fifth street gave Tehan a pair with and Anderson added a draw for a low and straight draw with . Tehan's hand got worse with the , and Anderson's hand now had two pair with .
Tehan's last card was the , his quest for gold was over this time around.
It's a Calvin moment as Caitlyn Howe talks to him about the win: