Championship: Las Vegas Heavyweights Tale of the Tape

$1,650 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Level 4: Blinds 100/200/25 ante
Entries: 92

David Levi & Allen Kessler
David Levi & Allen Kessler

Allen Kessler and David Levi have combined for dozens of wins and each have earned millions of dollars in their tournament careers. And they both made it a point to travel from Las Vegas to play in the Winter Poker Open Championship Event.

“I have friends in Florida and wanted to play one more event before the end of the year, so this is it,” says Levi, who just won a big pot to take his stack to 80k.

“It’s a good structure, really good structure,” says Kessler, who’s been a Seminole Hard Rock Tampa supporter on Twitter.

Kessler had success here last year with a 6th place finish for $19,000.

“It’s a nice room, I’m glad to be here,” Kessler says adding, “they don’t skip any levels. The structure is the main thing.”

Levi’s big hand today comes against Carlo Rodriguez (Weston, FL) with Levi hitting bottom set against Rodriguez’s top two pairs on a J-9-3 flop.  They’re all in on the turn and Rodriguez ships his 30k starting stack when he doesn’t boat up.

“There’s definitely good value,” says Levi. “It’s a nice room, I’m glad to be here. I hope they’ll have a lot more of these in the future.”

Tale of the Tape

Levi vs Kessler

        Levi                                Stats*     Kessler
     $3.3 Million                   Career Earnings $3.15 Million
         28                            Wins          15
        279                   Total Cashes         217
    $230,000                      Best Cash     $276,000

*Recorded Tournament Results from