Allen Kessler has once again made headlines for criticising Jans “Graftekkel” Arends, despite the Dutch professional winning over $1.3 million at the Trion Super High Roller Series Vietnam earlier this month.
Kessler kicked off the spat with Graftekkel last year when he berated him on Twitter after being knocked out of a WSOP Europe 6-max event. Kessler ranted about a “loser Euro guy” who made what he thought was a bad call to send him to the rail. As it turned out, though, the call was fine.
Graftekkel responded with a pointed tweet about Kessler’s lifestyle and appearance that set off a massive Twitter storm. The American then criticised Graftekkel’s live tournament results, completely ignoring his world-class online record.
The spat continued into an argument over the validity of online tournament results with Kessler showing little respect for the online game, saying there is no evidence of who the real player is and if they used real-time assistance or not.
Three weeks ago, Graftekkel won $406,000 in the $15k event at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Vietnam, followed by a career-best score of $921,178 in the $30k event just a few days later. Despite these impressive wins, Kessler responded to a tweet to once again belittle Graftekkel’s tournament results, referring to them as “Years of Nothingness.”
Kessler’s comments sparked a backlash, with many people criticising him for his lack of respect for Graftekkel’s accomplishments. Alex Theologis mocked Kessler’s unwillingness to accept online results as being a fair indication of a player’s ability, while Benny Glaser urged Kessler to “know when to stop.”
Graftekkel, for his part, took Kessler’s comments in his stride, tweeting “Sorry Allen, but I don’t trust Hendon Mob” finding the situation amusing rather than confrontational.
In any case, Graftekkel’s recent live tournament wins have cemented his status as one of the top poker players in the world. With live career earnings of almost $2 million, it seems likely that he will continue to crush both online and live events in the years to come.
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