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Allen Kessler

Name
Allen Kessler
Nickname
Chainsaw
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Las Vegas
Total winnings
$ 3,167,420
Cashes
182
First place Finishes
12

Biography

Coming out of college, Allen Kessler took the more conventional route and took a job as an internet marketing executive. The Pennsylvania native eventually ventured to a casino found a new love for poker. With a very analytical and mathematical mind, Kessler began frequenting card rooms in Atlantic City to hone his game. Cash games were his forte and Allen moved up the limits throughout the years. Soon enough, he would take to the tournament circuit.

In 2001, Kessler had his first WSOP cash in the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event. The tournament bug caught Allen with this finish and he began taking shots at tournaments year round, but cash games were still his bread and butter. A couple years down the road in 2004, Kessler recorded his first tournament win in an event at the Winnin’ o’ the Green out in L.A. From there, the tournament cashes just seemed to pile up.

Kessler won one of the Bellagio Weekly Tournaments in March of 2005 for over $45,000 and then placed in two WSOP events that following summer. The latter of those cashes was a second-place finish to Todd Brunson in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event for over $132,000.

When the next year rolled around, Kessler stuck to the tournament circuit. He came away with a win in a $500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Poker 101 in Las Vegas for over $50,000 just before the World Series kicked off for another year. At the WSOP, he went on to cash four times, including a fourth-place finish for over $75,000. He had a number of five-figure cashes that year and even won an event at the United States Poker Championship.

At the WPT’s Foxwoods Poker Classic in 2007, Kessler found himself at the final table. He wound up going out first to finish in sixth place for $136,452. Kessler looked extremely dejected after losing, but he stuck with the game and wouldn’t give up. In total, he earned over $350,000 that year, topping his earnings from the previous year.

In 2008, Allen cashed in three more WSOP events and multiple WSOP Circuit events. Between 2008 and the start of 2009, Kessler earned over $275,000 to bring his total lifetime tournament winnings to over $1.3 million.

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Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2018 WinStar River Poker Series
Main Event89th$4,460
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.52nd$4,462
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee36th$16,392
Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)142nd$1,571
Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship9th$25,664
Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw49th$2,243
Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER932nd$2,468
Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed60th$2,263
Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better75th$2,823
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #8: €1,111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em118th€1,660
Event #6: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha2nd€57,897
Event #1: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK51st€2,065
2017 WinStar River Poker Series
Main Event77th$5,245
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #69: $1,500 Razz62nd$2,261
Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better39th$3,550
Event #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix18th$7,162
Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em1318th$558
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed99th$3,222
2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
$5,000 Main Event64th$11,560
2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$5,300 Main Event107th$9,720
2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Tropicana
Main Event3rd$22,987
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop147th$3,560
Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship8th$134,101
Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em161st$3,154
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em121st$8,830
Event #6: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout106th$4,411
2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Belle of Baton Rouge
Main Event8th$3,638
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em153rd$2,116
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout35th$5,555
Event #11: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)89th$4,540
2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Main Event37th$2,490
2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Harrah's Tunica
Main Event54th$3,337
2012 World Series of Poker
WSOP National Championship18th$22,278
Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em80th$4,638
Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em99th$9,692
Event 47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better71st$3,697
Event 22: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball21st$4,782
Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry138th$4,595
2011-12 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Main Event15th$6,182
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo9th$33,352
$ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo46th$4,494
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd$140,309
WSOP Circuit - New Orleans
$ 10,000 Regional Championship - No Limit Hold'em6th$37,736
$ 355 No Limit Hold'em27th$871
WSOP Circuit Event - Harrah's Chester
$ 345 No Limit Hold'em2nd$7,426
2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open
$ 300 Omaha Hi/Lo9th$786
2011 Hollywood Poker Open
$ 9,600 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event8th$39,884
2011 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza
$ 340 No Limit Hold'em18th$749
2010 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event8th$8,781
2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event45th$16,892
$ 1,000 Satellite to Championship Event20th$10,500
2010 LA Poker Open
$ 335 No Limit Hold'em - Double Stack25th$570
2010 United States Poker Championship
$ 550 No Limit Hold'em - Deepstack4th$6,146
Festa Al Lago
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event7th$80,600
EPT London
£ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event (UKIPT Grand Final)100th£9,000
2010 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em38th£2,747
2010 Legends of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event20th$13,000
2010 Summer Pot of Gold
$ 175 Pot Limit Omaha3rd$1,350
Bellagio Cup VI
$ 1,000 H.O.R.S.E.1st$13,608
4th Annual Binion's Poker Classic
$ 200 H.O.R.S.E.12th$325
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em191st$3,089
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 818th$14,455
$ 10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship23rd$21,997
$ 10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship14th$34,639
$ 1,500 H.O.R.S.E.13th$10,282
$ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Championships2nd$276,485
$ 2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball17th$7,663
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 839th$5,123
WSOP Circuit - Harrah's New Orleans Bayou Poker Challenge
$ 300 Mixed Game2nd$4,155
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em6th$7,085
2010 Deep Stack Extravaganza II
$ 1,070 Omaha Hi Lo5th$2,297
2010 Wynn Classic
$ 500 H.O.R.S.E.7th$1,964
2010 Deep Stack Extravaganza
$ 1,070 No Limit Hold'em10th$3,358
Borgata Winter Open 2010
$ 350 Omaha Hi Lo - Stud Hi Lo1st$14,744
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 500 8 Game7th$1,310
2009 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event1st$70,976
2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em13th$2,465
2009 California State Poker Championship
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em30th$689
$ 500 H.O.R.S.E.12th$1,161
Foxwoods Poker Classic 2009
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event9th$46,315
Borgata $500,000 Guaranteed Deep Stack Poker Tournament
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event89th$2,482
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em34th$2,415
$ 500 Seven Card Stud13th$735
WSOP Circuit - Harrah's Tunica
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em9th$2,926
WSOP Circuit - Harvey's Lake Tahoe
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event6th$31,370
2008 World Poker Finals
$ 2,800 No Limit Hold'em17th$5,133
2008 Caesars Palace Classic
$ 500 Omaha Hi/Lo16th$908
2008 United States Poker Championship
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em - 6 Max10th$1,014
$ 500 H.O.S.E.6th$2,100
$ 500 Omaha Hi/Lo9th$1,040
Deep Stack Extravaganza III
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$9,457
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha37th$5,255
$ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo31st$4,908
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo45th$4,093
WSOP Circuit - Harrahs New Orleans (Fifth Annual Bayou Poker Challenge)
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em21st$1,653
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em19th$792
Sixth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic - WPT World Championship
$ 2,500 Super Satellite1st$25,700
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$36,940
The Wynn Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em14th$23,964
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo1st$52,962
2008 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em20th$3,960
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em17th$5,420
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$6,050
WSOP Circuit - Tunica
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$9,842
2007 Vegas Open - NPL
$ 2,350 No Limit Hold'em2nd$26,784
2007 US Poker Bowl
No Limit Hold'em - Poker Bowl Finals2nd$16,667
$ 40,000 No Limit Hold'em - Western Conference1st
2007 Binion's Poker Open
$ 200 H.O.R.S.E6th$1,100
2007 United States Poker Championship
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event18th$20,680
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em27th$1,340
2007 Legends of Poker
$ 485 No Limit Hold'em12th$2,675
2007 Orleans Open
$ 540 Omaha Hi/Lo - Championship Event11th$960
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better20th$12,502
WSOP Circuit - Caesars Palace
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st$73,419
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Apr 2007
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em - evening9th$25,700
Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 2,500 Super Satellite9th$25,700
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em17th$7,340
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em16th$6,215
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em12th$6,400
Foxwoods Poker Classic 2007
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event6th$136,452
$ 4,800 No Limit Hold'em9th$14,297
World Poker Challenge
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$9,525
Deep Stack Extravaganza
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em25th$423
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em26th$407
2007 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em22nd$3,420
WSOP Circuit - Grand Tunica
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em13th$2,458
Fifth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic - No Limit Hold'em55th$25,370
2006 World Poker Finals
$ 9,700 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em47th$14,309
$ 530 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo7th$2,587
Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em6th$1,840
Festa Al Lago V Poker Tournament
$ 1,000 Nightly No Limit Hold'em2nd$17,220
2006 United States Poker Championship
$ 500 Seven Card Stud1st$22,000
$ 300 Seven Card Stud16th$587
2006 Borgata Poker Open - WPT
$ 500 7 Card Stud9th$1,806
Bellagio Cup II
$ 1,000 Super Satellite to Main Event24th$10,500
2006 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo59th$1,793
$ 5,000 7 Card Stud4th$76,986
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em48th$5,447
$ 2,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo53rd$3,049
Poker 101
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st$51,619
The Vegas Open
No Limit Hold'em10th$2,035
2006 WSOP Circuit - Caesars Las Vegas
$ 5,000 H.O.S.E.4th$23,750
Fourth Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em17th$13,260
Foxwoods Poker Classic 2006
$ 530 Limit 7 Card Stud16th$826
World Poker Challenge 2006
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em18th$1,166
2006 Winnin' o' the Green
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em24th$655
Bay 101 Shooting Stars
$ 10,000 WPT - Main Event - No Limit Hold'em35th$25,000
2006 L.A. Poker Classic
WPT Invitiational - No Limit Hold'em3rd$20,000
2006 Gold Strike World Poker Open
$ 10,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em35th$15,732
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em14th$1,246
Fourth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em99th$24,150
Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$525
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em10th$1,465
Bellagio Festa Al Lago IV
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em (Evening)1st$25,840
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em17th$3,955
2005 United States Poker Championship
$ 300 Omaha Hi/Lo23rd$915
2005 Borgata Poker Open - WPT
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em31st$2,442
2005 WSOP Tournament Circuit - Harrah's Las Vegas
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em6th$6,897
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em14th$1,300
Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$14,110
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em7th$3,055
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em8th$4,735
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Jul 2005
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$14,550
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo2nd$132,110
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em42nd$4,285
Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$26,440
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Apr 2005
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$6,765
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Mar 2005
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$45,784
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em17th$645
2005 World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit - Harrah's Rincon
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em13th$2,015
2005 WSOP Circuit Tournaments - Atlantic City
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em6th$10,710
$ 500 Limit Hold'em16th$1,240
2004 Festa al Lago III Poker Tournament
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em Final Day7th$7,874
2004 United States Poker Championship
$ 300 Omaha Hi/Lo11th$834
Festa al Lago II
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day27th$10,381
California State Poker Championship 2004
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em Final Day16th$2,040
$ 1,000 Seven Card Stud Final Day3rd$6,360
2004 New England Poker Classic
$ 300 H.O.S.E13th$939
2004 Winnin' o' the Green
$ 500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo1st$14,400
2003 World Poker Finals
$ 500 Seven Card Stud Eight Or Better4th$4,655
2003 Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo9th$2,980
2002 Four Queens Poker Classic
$ 300 Omaha Hi/Lo7th$1,640
2001 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better16th$5,710
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