William Kassouf Strikes Again!

William Kassouf Strikes Again!UK William Kassouf was thrust into the poker limelight following his annoying antics at the 2016 WSOP Main Event, which he eventually finished in 17th place for a $338,288. Despite the controversy, the accomplished pro then went on to win the €10,300 EPT High Roller Prague for €532,500 ($555,619) that same year, although the nickname “The King of Speech Play” still follows him around wherever he plays.

Living up to his controversial reputation, Kassouf has recently hit the poker headlines once more, this time after slow playing an opponent during a No Limit Texas Hold ’Em cash game at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. In the hand in question, Kassouf was dealt pocket sixes against a player holding pocket eights, with the dealer subsequently laying out an 8-6-6 flop.

“How should I play quads, guys? Should I bet it or check it?” announced Kassouf, which wasn’t taken seriously by his four opponents still in the hand who choose to stick around for a 4 on the turn. Continuing his theme, Kassouf then stated:

“How can I lose with quads here? Only a straight flush or if he has eights full and an eight comes on the river.”

The final card was a 4, and after Chaing led out with a $60 bet, Kassouf took a protracted length of time before raising to $225, inducing a re-raise to $800 from Derek and a fold from Chiang. Despite putting Kassouf all-in, the Brit still decided to slow roll his opponent by taking an excruciating amount of time to make the final call, and show the nuts to claim the $1,465 pot. In total, the hand took around seven minutes to complete, but fortunately his opponent handled the situation a lot better than many of Kassouf’s past opponents who have been on the receiving end of his brash moves.

Past players who have not reacted so well includes Cliff Josephy, Griffin Benger, and Vanessa Selbst, who was apparently put on tilt by his incessant talking. Commenting later, Kassouf said:

“A player of her caliber shouldn’t let a bit of speech play or something like that get to her and bust Day 1 of a six-day tournament. When we were heads-up I was speaking to her all the time and I think it was getting to her. I wasn’t trying to needle her specifically or target her. It seemed to get under her skin. It made great TV.“


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