Earlier this week, the poker neighborhood realized the unhappy news that Galen Kester, a successfully-identified player in Tunica, Mississippi, handed away.
“Galen Kester became a tale in Tunica, and played in large cash games with a large solid of characters,” Johnny Grooms posted on social media.
In 2001, Kester won a World Sequence of Poker gold bracelet when he topped a 145-player discipline to make a decision Tournament #8: $1,500 Pot-Restrict Omaha for a career-high $167,035. He did so by defeating Poker Hall of Famer David “Devilfish” Ulliott in heads-up play and besting a ideal table that integrated Freddy Deeb and Jay Heimowitz, as successfully as deep runs by Erik Seidel (10th region) and Johnny Chan (14th region).
In retaining with the Hendon Mob, Kester accumulated helpful over $1.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings relationship back to 2001. That put him fifth on Mississippi’s all-time cash list on the time of his passing.
Kester also won the 2012 Gold Strike World Poker Starting up $3,000 Main Tournament in Tunica for $165,000, took down the Fourth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Starting up $1,060 Pot-Restrict Omaha tournament for $152,096 in 2003, and became victorious in the 2006 Gold Strike World Poker Starting up $2,070 NLH match for $101,212. He also had a deep hurry in the 2006 WSOP Main Tournament ending in 173rd region for $47,006.
The Poker World Remembers
Chums and fellow poker avid gamers comprise been hastily to present both a form phrase or a fable about Kester.
“I became talking to Galen about operating unsuitable one day, I stated the scenario is I leave the poker table and disappear to the craps table due to I’m operating unsuitable, but it completely’s me operating unsuitable now no longer the playing cards, I lose additional cash there,” Kevin O’Harra shared. “Galen stated, ‘Recount me about it, I purchased up from the Omaha recreation, went to the craps table and lost $100k, they notion I went to the lavatory.’”
Todd Tucker also shared a fable:
“The Horseshoe held a freeroll tournament in 2003 for avid gamers who logged a definite sequence of hours within a definite timespan. The winner bought a WSOP predominant match seat and some creep cash. 2nd region bought zilch. Galen and I purchased heads up and he had me out chipped about 3-1. Tainted save for me, being in opposition to a bigger player with a colossal chip advantage, but I certain if I became going down, I became going down swinging. I played speedily and Galen became card dead and subsequent thing I knew we comprise been even in chips.
“He limped his button and I regarded down at AA and for some reason I peaceable don’t realize, I helpful checked. Flop became dry and we each checked. Flip became a brick and I bet a minute bit. He shook his head and showed me AK sooner than he mucked. He became trapping preflop. All I needed to compose became relate the phrase “lift” and all the chips disappear in and it is over. I showed him the AA and I mediate that gave him some momentum due to I by no plan won yet every other pot. He became wonderful sufficient to alternate a diminutive fragment when we bought heads up, even supposing he don’t comprise. I enjoyed taking half in with Galen and dealing to him.”
Teresa Sommerfeld added: “He became something else!! Always very sweet to me but I do know some sellers who might well per chance bid a clear tale!! One thing I’m in a position to claim is he Cherished his son, Dex. Never viewed a prouder daddy!! Prayers for his boy and the family!!”
PokerNews offers its condolences to the family and associates of Galen Kester.
Galen Kester’s Top Five Tournament Cashes
|April 2001||WSOP $1,500 Pot-Restrict Omaha||1st||$167,035|
|August 2012||Gold Strike World Poker Starting up $3,000 Main Tournament||1st||$165,000|
|January 2003||4th Annual Jack Binion World Poker Starting up $2,070 NLH||1st||$101,212|
|January 2006||Gold Strike World Poker Starting up $2,070 NLH||1st||$101,212|
|July 2006||WSOP Main Tournament||173rd||$47,006|
Govt Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.