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The Odd Couple of Poker

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Oct 30, 2013

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Anyone needing proof of the old adage that “opposites attract” need look no further than Raymond Davis and Allen Kessler, the Donald Duck and Darth Vader of poker. Both are successful high-limit players. Since 2002 Davis has racked up more than $1.6 million in tournament cashes, his highest score being $177,600 for a tenth in a $50,000 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event. Kessler has earned more than $2.7 million, his biggest payday being $136,452 for sixth in a no-limit championship event at the Foxwoods Poker Classic. He also cashed eight times at the 2010 WSOP. But there the resemblance ends. While Davis is gregarious, outgoing and a never-ending fount of oddball and often raucous humor, he describes his friend Kessler as “very frugal, super-smart, with no sense of humor and the personality of a goldfish.” Kessler’s nickname is “Chainsaw,” which pretty much sums it up. When Kessler was a member of Team ...


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