The greatest SCOOP player of all time (2022): Calvin “cal42688” Anderson

April 03, 2021inPoker

Calvin Anderson is an online poker pro who has an incredible 10 SCOOP titles to his name, far more than any other player. This earns him the top spot as number one SCOOP player of all time.

Here everything you need to know about Calvin Anderson; the player, the person and his achievements.

Who is Calvin Anderson?

Name: Calvin Anderson
D.O.B: (unknown)
Playing online since: March 2007
Number of online cashes: 4,841 (Mar. 2021)
Online poker tournament earnings: $7,735,766

Calvin Anderson plays under the username “cal42688” on PokerStars, where he has made the majority of his $7.7 million in recorded online cashes.

Anderson started playing online poker in 2007. By 2008, he was gaining traction with first place finishes in MTTs. In 2010, Anderson earned his first WCOOP title, and since then he has gone on to claim further titles in WCOOP, Turbo Series and, most notably, SCOOP.

Anderson’s biggest cash was in a Full Tilt tourney back in 2011, which he won for $303,951.

Poker accolades and achievements

Calvin Anderson’s long term prowess is shown in his consistent finishes in major PokerStars series. Over the years, Anderson has earned two WCOOP titles, one Turbo Series title, and a total of ten SCOOP titles.

Anderson reached number one in the PocketFives worldwide rankings in 2013. He puts in less volume these days, and is rarely seen playing online, instead seeming content to attend live events.

Here’s a list of Calvin Anderson’s online poker accolades and achievements:

SCOOP titles: 10
Turbo Series: 1

Greatest SCOOP player of all time

Anderson has ten titles to his name, which is more than any other player. In fact, his closest competitors, Mike “SirWatts” Watson and Jussi “calvin7v” Nevalinna, each have seven SCOOP titles to their name – still a long way to go if they are to catch up.

In terms of number of titles then, this makes Calvin Anderson the undisputed greatest SCOOP player of all time. Here’s a list of his trophy finishes:

  • 2010 – 17L: $16.50 Pot Limit Omaha (6-Max, rebuys) – $26,940
  • 2011 – 25M: $215 7 Card Stud H/L – $13,090
  • 2011 – 27H: $2,100 Razz – $46,200
  • 2013 – 25M: $215 FL Hold’em (6-Max) – $23,643
  • 2014 – 38H: 2,100 HORSE – $47,065
  • 2015 – 13H: $2,100 Stud – $36,600
  • 2016 – 40L: $27 8-Game – $7,511
  • 2017 – 13H: $530 NLHE (3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, PKO) – $62,919
  • 2018 – 19H: $2,100 NLHE (6-Max) – $126,659
  • 2018 – 26H: $1,050 FLO8 (8-Max) – $26,305

Anderson’s SCOOP record demonstrates a striking consistency of results. Aside from 2012, he’s won at least one title every year from 2010 to 2018.

Two years in particular stand out. In 2011, Anderson won two SCOOP titles within 24 hours. In 2018, he earned two titles over the course of one weekend, one worth $126k.

Anderson’s versatility also shines through. His SCOOP successes include wins in Razz, Stud, FLHE, NLHE, 8-Game, and several variations of Omaha.

With ten titles to his name, Calvin Anderson is the undisputed SCOOP greatest of all time

Along with his first place finishes, Anderson has earned several of his top poker scores from final table finishes in SCOOP events, including a sixth place in 2010 for $86k, and third place in the $2k High Roller in 2017 for $154k.

Anderson mostly plays during major series, but given that he’s been pretty much under the radar since 2020, we’re unsure as to whether he’ll be taking part in SCOOP 2022. That could leave the gap open for one of many players with multiple titles.

WCOOP and other series

Although Anderson is best known for his SCOOP success, he’s also earned two WCOOP titles. The first came early in his career in 2010, when he won the NL Single Draw 2-7 event for $15k. Anderson earned his second WCOOP title in 2015, taking down a PLO event for $36k.

In 2019, Anderson had an excellent year in the Turbo Series, picking up a title which earned him $158k for first. This was his most recent title in any major series.

Calvin Anderson live poker record

According to HendonMob, Calvin Anderson has amassed over $2.4 million in live poker winnings. He regularly takes part in high caliber live events such as the EPT and WSOP, and has shown particular success in the latter.

Anderson’s biggest live cash to date is $324,597 for finishing second in the 2016 Little One For One Drop. He’s also bagged two WSOP bracelets, the first in a 7-Card Stud event in 2014, and the second for winning the $10k Razz event in 2018.

Here are Calvin Anderson’s top live results:

Anderson’s top five live poker results (screenshot from HendonMob Apr. 2021)

More about Calvin Anderson…

It’s time to take a look back through the recent years of Anderson’s success, with emphasis on his latest SCOOP titles:

Anderson wins seventh SCOOP title of career – This article gives the full run down on Anderson’s win in the SCOOP #40-L 8-Game event in 2016. Already the player with the most titles, Anderson topped a big field to take this one down and earn his seventh.

Turbo madness and eight for Anderson – Anderson wins his eighth title in under five hours in this PKO Turbo Zoom event, earning $62k and a further $18k in bounties.

Two for Anderson in 2018 – This article brings us up to date with Anderson’s SCOOP titles. In 2018, he took down two events in one weekend to bring it up to ten.

The coveted Golden Scythe – Although coverage of the tourneys that Anderson took down in 2018 was somewhat limited, this article more than makes up for it with a big acknowledgement of his accomplishments in the series. Anderson wins the PokerStars Blog Golden Scythe award for the most knockouts.


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