Allen Kessler Wins 4th WSOPC Ring; Daniel Lowery Claims 14th

Allen Kessler was so thrilled with winning his fourth World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) ring on Saturday that he forgot to tell the server to leave off the “green stuff” at his victory dinner.

The “Chainsaw” won his first WSOP anything tournament since midway through President Obama’s second term when he took down the $400 buy-in Stud-8/Omaha-8 event at Graton Resort & Casino in Northern California. He beat out a field of 57 entrants for a $6,314 payday.

On Friday, Daniel Lowery, by winning the $1,125 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha in the same series, tied Josh Reichard for third place all-time with 14 Circuit rings. One day earlier, Ari Engel won his 15th ring, which put him in a tie with Maurice Hawkins at the top.

Valentin Vornicu, who once held the record but hasn’t won a ring since 2018, is now alone in fifth place with 12 rings. Lowery’s win, good for $21,518, was his fourth of the year and he now has nearly $1.6 million in WSOPC cashes. The all-time top 10 standings are as follows:

Place Player Rings
1t Ari Engel 15
1t Maurice Hawkins 15
3t Josh Reichard 14
3t Daniel Lowery 14
5 Valentin Vornicu 12
6t Jeffrey Trudeau Jr. 10
6t Robert Hankins 10
6t Martin Ryan 10
6t David Larson 10
10t Michael Lech 9
10t Roland Israelashvili 9
10t John Holley 9
10t Alexandru Masek 9

Small But Proud Victory

The buy-in was relatively small, and the field even smaller. But it was clearly a proud moment for Kessler as he ended a nearly decade-long drought. Still, that didn’t stop Shaun Deeb from raining on his parade.

The mixed game event champion defeated Wendy Freedman, who was also chasing her fourth ring, heads-up for the title. Graton Poker Room’s X page shared a clip of the final hand in Stud-8 (video below). Kessler caught a nine-high straight and his opponent was unable to hit her straight draw on seventh street.

“Unbelievable,” an enthusiastic four-time ring winner said after the final card was dealt before holding up eight fingers.

Kessler’s response to Deeb’s negative comment was that he can’t control the buy-in or field size. “I just came here to play mixed events.” The Chainsaw, who is often fixated on The Hendon Mob results, now has 456 cashes across all lifetime live poker tournaments, per the database he frequents, for a total of $4.3 million in cashes.

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Allen Kessler

He’s still chasing his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet despite breaking the 100 cashes mark this past summer in bracelet events.

Kessler ranks sixth all-time in combined WSOP brand cashes with 236, trailing only Roland Israelashvili (432), Arkadiy Tsinis (345), Engel (291), Daniel Negreanu (245), and Ian Steinman (239).

Many of those players have racked up cashes in online Circuit and bracelet events, tournaments that Kessler of course considers “fake.” The now four-time ring holder was quick to share a picture with his X followers of his celebratory dinner, and he didn’t disappoint.

Presumably, the meal was paid for with casino comps (that’s how the “Chainsaw” rolls), and no word on if he asked the waitperson to remake the dish without all that icky green stuff. For those who haven’t followed Kessler’s Twitter/X account the past few years, you’ve been missing out on some culinary masterpieces.

The WSOPC Graton Resort stop has completed 15 of its 20 scheduled ring events. On Friday, the $1,700 Main Event, a $500,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em tournament, began. Day 1b took place on Saturday, and the tournament will conclude with the final table slated for Monday.

*Images courtesy of Hayley Hochstetler and 8131 Media

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