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Allen Kessler

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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.

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop
147th $3,560
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
8th $134,101
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
161st $3,154
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
121st $8,830
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #6: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
106th $4,411
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
191st $3,089
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
18th $14,455
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
23rd $21,997
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #38: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
14th $34,639
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
13th $10,282
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #15: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
2nd $276,486
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #7: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
17th $7,663
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
39th $5,124