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Allen Kessler Tells a Story About Folding Aces Preflop
Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Allen Kessler (right) told his table that he has folded pocket aces preflop before. Erik Seidel (center) said that, sure, it can be a solid strategy if you're close to the end of a super-satellite. But Kessler said it wasn't a super-satellite, it was a WSOP bracelet event.
So Kessler told the story, which seemed to amuse Seidel and Ali Eslami (left).
As mentioned in an earlier post, Kessler is trying to become the first person to have the most cashes in the WPT and the WSOP during the same season. When he was going for the most cashes at the WSOP last summer, he was on the money bubble of the final $1,500 no-limit hold'em event with nearly 300 players left.
Kessler says he looked down to see pocket aces, and made a standard raise. But another player reraised all in, and rather than risking elimination on the bubble, Kessler says he tanked for a while before folding his pocket aces preflop. Money bubbles with that many players in action usually don't last very long, and Kessler claims the bubble burst on the next hand.
Chris Bell doesn't buy it. He says that Kessler's story never happened, and he wishes he could bet a large amount of money on it. (Of course it's impossible to verify one way or the other.) Kessler assures Bell that he did it, and describes the specifics one more time.
Bell says, "I'm sure you stayed up late the night before and thought about doing it if the situation came up. And I think you'd actually fold pocket aces there. But I'm saying that it never happened."
William Reynolds, who was bluffed by Kessler in a pot a short while ago, looks at Bell and says, "So you're putting Kessler on another bluff?"
09:44 PM, 04/11/11