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A Poker Life - Allen Kessler

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Nov 26, 2010


Longtime poker pro Allen Kessler never had the respect of his peers — but that all seemed to change after the 2010 World Series of Poker. Kessler, who began competing in the Series about a decade ago, has consistently been a losing player at the WSOP. However, this past summer, he tied for the most WSOP cashes, and did so in eight different disciplines. (He added a cash at the WSOP Europe, for nine on the year). His accomplishment, which fell just one cash short of the WSOP record of 10 cashes in a single year, was long overdue for the veteran from Pennsylvania. “A lot of people don’t respect my game,” Kessler said. “They say that I play too tight, and that if I am in a hand in no-limit hold’em, I have kings or aces. This summer earned me a lot of respect from my peers. People criticize ...

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