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Allen KesslerNickname(s)ChainsawWorld Series of PokerBracelet(s)NoneFinal table(s)7Money finish(es)62World Poker TourTitle(s)NoneFinal table(s)5Money finish(es)23European Poker TourMoney finish(es)2Information accurate as of 27 January 2020.

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Aiien Kessler ls an American professional poker player now residing ln Las Vegas, Nevada. He is ranked 10th in All Time Total Cashes with 363 tournament cashes as recorded in the Global Poker Index. These include 69 WSOP cashes, 12 WSOP Europe cashes and 91 WSOP Circuit cashes including 3 rings and 9 cashes in the 2010 World Series of Poker, the most cashes of any player at the 2010 WSOP. Those 9 cashes include a 2nd-place finish. Kessler is also the Heartland Poker Tour Player of the Year for 2013. His career earnings exceed $3.87 million with an excess of $1.97 million in earnings at the WSOP and WSOP Circuit combined.[1]

Poker career[edit]

Kessler started playing poker in college and in the 1980s he spent time in Atlantic City playing slot machines. When the casinos offered poker in the 1990s, Kessler played high-stakes games with players like John Hennigan, Cyndy Violette, Nick Frangos, and Phil Ivey.[2]

After years of experience at the cash tables he started playing tournament poker and in 2001 finished 16th in the 2001 WSOP 5K Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better.[3] His first final table at the WSOP came in 2005 where he finished 2nd to Todd Brunson in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo.[4]

At the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Kessler had a total of 9 cashes, setting the record for most cashes in that year’s series. This included his biggest career cash of $276,485 when he finished 2nd to Frank Kassela in the $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 Championship. At the 2014 World Series of Poker he had 5 cashes including a final table appearance in the prestigious 50K Poker Players Championship.[1]

Highlighted among his 15 documented live tournament wins are; Main Event Champion — 2009 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge and Main Event Champion — 2014 WSOPC at Foxwoods Casino.[1]

In the 2006 L.A. Poker Classic he appeared in his first televised final table finishing 3rd in the WPT Invitiational — No Limit Hold’em event.[5]

Kessler is the Heartland Poker Tour Player of the Year 2013. He earned this title without winning a single HPT event that year but cashing in 12 of 20 events for over $85,000, and making four final tables.[6]

As of January 2020, his total live tournament winnings are $3,875,189.[1]

Nickname and other activities[edit]

Kessler was given the nickname ‘The Chainsaw’ at a 2007 WPT Foxwoods Casino event because of his intimidating playing style. The badge is quite the contradiction considering that Allen is generally considered one of the biggest nits in the game of poker and is always looking to increase his equity as a tournament grinder.[7]

He is a fan of playing penny slots and video poker often tweeting out photos of his notable wins. Rumor has it that he once played penny slots for 37 hours straight. [8]

The Mid-State Poker Tour’s Main Event tournament structure was designed by Allen Kessler and is identified as ‘Chainsaw Approved’.[9]

The term ‘Chainsaw Approved’ is now commonly used in the tournament poker community to refer to an event whose blind structure and fees are a good value for the player.[10]

Kessler’s complaints, along with other players, actually effected a change in the blind structure for some of the 2015 WSOP events according to an interview with Tournament Director Jack Effel.[11]


  1. ^ abcd’Allen Kessler — Stats’. Global Poker Index.

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Introduction to Oregon Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020

Oregon slot machine casino gambling consists of nine tribal casinos and many bars, taverns and pari-mutuel wagering sites with video lottery terminal (VLT) style slot machines.

There is a theoretical payout limit for non-tribal VLTs but none for video slot machines at the tribal casinos. No return statistics are publicly available.

This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.

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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Oregon*

The minimum legal gambling age in Oregon depends upon the gambling activity:

  • Land-Based Casinos: 21

Oregon state law says bars and taverns can have up to six VLT-style slot machines, along with a restriction on how close together these businesses may be relative to one another.

Pari-mutuel wagering sites may have up to ten VLT-style slot machines.

At non-tribal locations, the maximum bet is $2.50 while the maximum jackpot is $600.

*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.

Slot Machine Private Ownership in Oregon

It is legal to own a slot machine privately in the state of Oregon if it is 25 years old or older.

Gaming Control Board in Oregon

The Oregon Lottery regulates VLT-style gaming machines at non-tribal retailers. The Lottery’s 1992 video poker lottery terminal network was the first centrally controlled gaming system in the U.S. In 2005, the VLT network added Class III Vegas-style line games for slots.

Eight out of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized American Indian tribes have negotiated tribal-state gaming compacts. Regulation of tribal gaming in Oregon is by the Oregon State Police and the Tribal Gaming Commissions of each individual tribe.

The Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance (OTGA) is a coalition of these tribes which own and operate casinos in Oregon. In 2015, tribal gaming accounted for less than 32% of all gaming conducted in Oregon. Nearly two-thirds of gaming takes place at 2,550 commercial sites.

Casinos in Oregon

There are nine American Indian tribal casinos in Oregon.

The largest casino in Oregon is Spirit Mountain Casino with 2,000 gaming machines.

The second-largest casino is Wildhorse Resort & Casino with 1,200 gaming machines.

Commercial Casinos in Oregon

Statewide, Oregon has 2,550 retailers operated by the Oregon Lottery.

Tribal Casinos in Oregon

The nine tribal casinos in Oregon are:

  1. Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, 89 miles southwest of Portland on Route 101 along the Pacific Coast.

Other Gambling Establishments

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As an alternative to enjoying Oregon slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Oregon is:

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Payout Returns in Oregon

For Oregon’s tribal casinos, no payout limits have been set nor are actual return statistics publicly available.

For non-tribal sites controlled by the Oregon Lottery, theoretical payout limits are available within the game’s menu for each individual VLT-style gaming machine.

A payout range is due to potential bonus rounds or other game features. The maximum theoretical payout is 96%. Extended play games may exceed this maximum.

These payout percentages by game theme are also online at the Oregon Lottery. For example:

  • Five Times Pay Line Game has a payout percentage of 91.99%

Summary of Oregon Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020

Oregon slot machine casino gambling consists of nine tribal casinos and 2,550 commercial sites including pari-mutuel wagering facilities. Retailers can have six gaming machines while racetrack betting sites can have ten machines.

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There is no theoretical payout limit for video slot machines at Oregon’s tribal casinos, nor are return statistics publicly available. However, non-tribal VLTs each show their theoretical payout limit within the game theme menu as well as online at the Oregon Lottery. The maximum theoretical limit for these non-tribal VLTs is 96%.

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Annual Progress in Oregon Slot Machine Casino Gambling

In the last year, there has been little to no change in the Oregon slots gaming industry.

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