Poker Pro Frank Kassela running for Congress

by Jeremy Olson on October 29, 2013

Famed poker pro Frank Kassela will be running for a Nevada Congressional seat in 2014. He filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last week so he can run in the 3rd Congressional District. This region consists of Henderson and southern Clark County, in the area where he lives.

Kassela will be running as a Democrat, which is a curious decision, considering that he was a Republican up until earlier this month. The turning point for him was how badly the Republicans handled the government shutdown. Now he’ll be going up against Republican Rep. Joe Heck in hopes of winning a Congressional seat and making a difference.

He’ll definitely have the support of the poker community since Kassela is a pretty well-known player. He first gained fame after winning two gold bracelets in the 2010 WSOP. Kassela took down the $10k Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship ($447,446) along with a $2,500 Seven Card Razz tournament ($214,085).

He also finished third in a $25k Six-Handed Limit Hold’em tourney ($556,053), which locked up the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year award for him. Thanks to these big finishes and others, Kassela has $2,406,818 in live tournament winnings.

Aside from his poker career, Kassela also makes a living through his company, which sells nurse uniforms and hospital scrubs. The business has done quite well and should help fund some of what Kassela hopes will be a winning political campaign.