Allen Kessler Reaches 100 WSOP Cashes; How Does He Rank Among his Peers? (2024)

Allen Kessler Reaches 100 WSOP Cashes; How Does He Rank Among his Peers? (1)
Allen Kessler Reaches 100 WSOP Cashes; How Does He Rank Among his Peers? (2)
  • What Kessler has Accomplished at the World Series of Poker
  • How Kessler Stacks Up
  • Poker Players with 100 WSOP Bracelet Event Cashes

Allen Kessler recorded his 100th World Series of Poker (WSOP) cash on Saturday, and although he still hasn't won a bracelet, "The Chainsaw" is now in an exclusive club.

There are millions of poker players who've never taken down a WSOP event, but only a select few who've surpassed 100 cashes in bracelet events. He's also among a group of just eight individuals with over 200 overall WSOP cashes, which includes online and World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) scores.

With the now 100 bracelet event cashes, he has 220 cashes overall (120 in WSOPC events). Only Roland Israelashvili (419), Arkadiy Tsinis (326), Ari Engel (266), Daniel Negreanu, (227), and Ian Steinman (224) have more.

2023 World Series of Poker Hub

Bookmark this page! All you need to know about the 2023 WSOP is here.

Click here

What Kessler has Accomplished at the World Series of Poker

No one will ever confuse Kessler with Phil Hellmuth, widely considered the GOAT of the WSOP with a record 16 bracelets. He'll never receive the recognition of all-time greats such as Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Alex Foxen, or Phil Ivey.

But 100 cashes at the WSOP is 100 cashes. It's so rare that only 26 out of the hundreds of thousands of players who've entered the World Series of Poker over the years have cashed as many times in bracelet events.

Kessler often receives criticism from poker fans on social media for failing to win tournaments and playing too tight (also for his eating habits that include plain hamburgers and frequent fast-food trips). But hitting a rare milestone in poker is impressive any way you slice it.

How Kessler Stacks Up

Allen Kessler Reaches 100 WSOP Cashes; How Does He Rank Among his Peers? (3)

Kessler told PokerNews he has "no clue" how many bracelet events he's entered, so figuring his return on investment (ROI) is nearly impossible. He's competed in a wide range of events, from the lowest stakes tournaments up to the $10k's and above. A bulk of his cashes have been for small amounts relative to the buy-in.

But he's finished in the top 10 of 10% of the events he's cashed in. That includes four runner-up finishes, his last in 2017 in a World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) event.

On Saturday, the "Chainsaw" finished 34th out of 361 in Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $3,051, his 100th bracelet event cash and second of the current series. He now ranks 26th all-time in that category, one below Mike Matusow, Tom McCormick, Dylan Linde, and Ismael Bojang.

With the addition of hundreds of online bracelet events, the numbers are a bit inflated. Kessler isn't too thrilled with that. In fact, he said "there should be a separate category" for online tournaments. The long-time poker player who first cashed at the World Series of Poker in 2001 doesn't want the online bracelet events grouped in with those who cash over the summer in Las Vegas or at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for WSOP Europe.

The WSOP, however, acknowledges the online bracelet events as cashes just the same as the tournaments at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. As such, despite Kessler's opinion, we'll do the same for statistical purposes in this article.

Only two other players on the 100-cashes list — Roland Israelashvili and Tom McCormick — are without a bracelet. Israelashvili is the ultimate min-casher as he has 197 cashes — second only to Daniel Negreanu — for $2,559,354, an average score of just $12,991. Kessler averages $14,486 per cash, in comparison.

Not only does Negreanu top the charts for cashes in bracelet events (219). He's second all-time behind Antonio Esfandiari in earnings at $20,790,853. Esfandiari's totals ($21,917,461) are skewed significantly due to a WSOP record $18,346,673 score for winning the 2012 Big One for One Drop, the first ever $1 million buy-in poker tournament.

Kessler will never catch those players in earnings or bracelets won, but he's still accomplished something in poker that few others have or ever will achieve.

Poker Players with 100 WSOP Bracelet Event Cashes

1Daniel Negreanu2196$20,790,853
2Roland Israelashvili1970$2,559,354
3Phil Hellmuth18616$16,758,078
4tChris Ferguson1616$5,513,486
4tYueqi Zhu1611$3,242,186
6Ben Yu1544$5,566,512
7Arkadiy Tsinis1421$2,427,168
8tShaun Deeb1385$8,528,174
8tErik Seidel1389$7,422,939
10Jeff Madsen1324$3,411,893
11Barry Greenstein1273$3,302,862
12Ryan Riess1161$10,589,843
13Ryan Laplante1151$1,602,116
14Eric Baldwin1122$2,467,113
15Mike Leah1101$2,287,217
16tMen Nguyen1077$3,381,405
16tMax Pescatori1074$2,777,965
18Chris Moorman1062$4,080,453
19tAnthony Zinno1034$4,347,252
19tDavid "ODB" Baker1032$3,499,097
19tJohn Racener1031$8,506,556
22tMike Matusow1014$4,541,106
22tTom McCormick1010$1,118,135
22tDylan Linde1011$1,495,337
22tIsmael Bojang1011$2,109,690
26Allen Kessler1000$1,448,638

*Stats pulled from website. Some may not be updated for 2023.

Check out our guide to the Best Online Casinos around the world. For US players, online real money casino is available in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and West Virginia. If you're looking to start playing Online Casino right now, then we recommend FanDuel Casino. If you’re in a State where real money online casino isn’t an option, then you still have the chance to play via Social Casino sites such as Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots.

Allen Kessler Reaches 100 WSOP Cashes; How Does He Rank Among his Peers? (4)
Senior Editor U.S.

Follow on:

  • Tags

    Allen Kessler WSOP World Series of Poker WSOP23
  • Related Tournaments

    World Series of Poker
  • Related Players

    Allen Kessler
Allen Kessler Reaches 100 WSOP Cashes; How Does He Rank Among his Peers? (2024)


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Lakeisha Bayer VM

Last Updated:

Views: 5832

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (69 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Lakeisha Bayer VM

Birthday: 1997-10-17

Address: Suite 835 34136 Adrian Mountains, Floydton, UT 81036

Phone: +3571527672278

Job: Manufacturing Agent

Hobby: Skimboarding, Photography, Roller skating, Knife making, Paintball, Embroidery, Gunsmithing

Introduction: My name is Lakeisha Bayer VM, I am a brainy, kind, enchanting, healthy, lovely, clean, witty person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.