RecPoker | Episode 427 – Allen Kessler

By Jim Reid
November 04, 2022

This week Jim Reid and the panel interview Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler about a range of topics from his life in the world of poker. Known for his strong views on tournament structures, Allen gets right into the nuts and bolts of what makes for good and bad structures, how the stack sizes and the blind levels relate to each other, and the value in choosing the right structure for certain events. We also discuss traveling to play poker, the importance of game selection, Allen’s preference for mixed games, and some tips for folks heading to Las Vegas who want to have the trip of a lifetime – but on a shoestring budget!

Plus we give away a free prize at the end for folks in the YouTube chat. Join us on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real-time, and you can win too!

Allen is active on Twitter as @allenkessler and you can find out about his staking opportunities at https://stakekings.com/player/Chainsaw

We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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Time Stamps

04:57Welcome & Introduction
07:12Introduction to Allen Kessler
09:14How Allen deals with frustration
11:22Allen describes his role in the poker industry
15:13Allen: main things you want to look for are stack size, levels 
21:09Allen shares how he got his nickname CHAINSAW
23:41Chat: Who’s going to run deeper you, Hellmuth, or Negreanu
25:32For less experienced players: How to know when to skip levels
33:13No. 1 tip for World Series’ first timer: You want to be off the strip
43:05Allen on where and how he plays video poker
51:08What about poker makes Allen gleeful
01:07:47John: Home Game Result updates
01:13:04Rob: Book Study updates



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Jim Reid is the host of the RecPoker Podcast and one of the leaders of the free poker learning community at www.rec.poker where you can find an amazing array of training resources and social community activities to help you develop and share your love of this great game we call poker! Learn more about Jim […]

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