Allen Kessler is a Team Pro for Ivey Poker. He is considered one of the most consistent live poker players with dozens of cashes and numerous final table finishes.
Kessler made his first six-figure score at the 2005 World Series of Poker when he finished runner-up to Todd Brunson in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event, good for $132,110. In 2007, Allen would make his first World Poker Tour final table and took sixth at the Foxwoods Poker Classic, scoring $136,452.
Coming out of college, 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.
He earned his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring during the 2006/2007 WSOP Circuit Event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He won a $500 buy-in event earning $73,419. In 2010 Kessler came close to winning a coveted WSOP bracelet but fell short after losing to Frank Kassela heads-up in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Championships. For his runner-up finish, Kessler earned $276,485.
In 2011, Kessler had another opportunity to land his first WSOP bracelet but once again took the runner-up spot. This time, Kessler lost his heads-up battle to Brian Rast in a $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event. Then in March 2013, Kessler added a second WSOP Circuit gold ring to his resume after winning a side event at The Lodge Casino in Colorado.
In 2013, Kessler won the Heartland Poker Tour Player of the Year award. During the season he cashed six times and made four final tables. Early in 2014 the Mid-States Poker Tour enacted a new, player-friendly structure that was designed with the help of Kessler, the “Kessler approved” tournament structure.