Francis Anderson Looks to Continue 2019 Success at WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Jan 17, 2020

Francis Anderson

By Kevin Taylor

For Francis Anderson, 2019 was the poker year that he had been waiting for. After playing poker tournaments for more than a decade, Anderson had enjoyed marginal success, with only a handful of five-figure scores. Then came last summer, where he notched a fourth-place finish in Las Vegas for nearly $150,000. He would follow that up here at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock & Roll Poker Open, finishing in sixth place for another $111,895. We asked Anderson about his incredible 2019. 

“The beginning of the year was a roller coaster for me. Not much was going right in poker or my life, but then I finally got my breakthrough in the marathon, getting fourth in that. I made a couple more final tables that summer, and then I always make sure I make it out to this stop. I was fortunate enough to make the final table, and I got sixth. It’s been just incredible,” Anderson said.

Anderson has been consulting with a few of his poker friends about his game recently, and he said that has helped him enjoy this recent success. However, he gave credit to one aspect of poker that was the key to his success last year.

“For sure the number-one thing is variance. But I also have good poker friends, mainly James Romero, who’s been helping me out a lot with poker. Just talking hands and his experience, volume, stuff like that, but positive variance was the main key honestly,” said Anderson.

Anderson got off to a hot start in today’s Day 1A, and he told us that it might have been some delayed birthday run good. “It’s been a very good start. Yesterday was my birthday and we celebrated in Fort Lauderdale. Hopefully I’ll have more to celebrate soon!”

Anderson isn’t a local player, but he tells us that he always comes out to the Seminole Hard Rock whenever they have a poker stop. Now, with the new added guitar building hotel, Anderson thinks that it will only help to expand the booming poker scene here in South Florida.

“The $1.5 billion expansion is amazing. I just love everything about Florida. The poker, the weather, everything. I used to live in Costa Rica for five years so it was an easy flight there. Big fields here, the cash games are incredible, close to Miami. It’s an incredible location, and the field keeps getting better and better every year,” said Anderson.

When asked what it would take to make a run at a repeat final table here at Seminole, Anderson kept it simple, and straight forward. “It’s going to take a lot of run good, playing well, applying pressure, and hopefully variance stays on my side. But yeah, I’m ready for it!”

Stay tuned to find out if Anderson is able to top the sixth-place finish he registered last fall!

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