Will Kassouf wants to bring the fun back to poker. He is not just going to sit back and let the quiet guys with hoodies and sunglasses spoil everyone's enjoyment.
Will Kassouf wants to bring the fun back to poker. He is not just going to sit back and let the quiet guys with hoodies and sunglasses spoil everyone's enjoyment. Sure, those players may be winning a lot of the money, but they certainly aren't going to bring many casual fans into the game. This year's World Series of Poker was the largest since pre-Black Friday. That's right, there hasn't been a main event of this size in seven years, since 2010. It is hard to say whether this is directly related to Kassouf, but it certainly didn't hurt that his infamous hand against Griffin Benger brought poker into mainstream media for the first time in years. Huffington Post, Esquire and even TMZ, among others, did a write-up on this now infamous hand. And they might have referred to Kassouf as annoying or a blabbermouth but that is of little concern to him. As long as new people are getting the chance to watch and play poker, he is willing to take one for the team. And he is having a blast along the way!
Will Kassouf Interview
I was able to speak with Will Kassouf about his use of speech play, his epic 2016 main event run and what he is up to now.
Use of Speech Play
Will Kassouf's use of speech play and tanking to tilt his opponents has definitely earned him some naysayers, even enemies along the way. The term polarized is common in poker, referring to someone's range being either very strong or very weak. Kassouf is definitely a polarizing player in that most people either love him or hate him. But while his haters have resorted to profanity and name-calling, he has managed to teeter the line of discourteous without crossing it. Sometimes he chats it up just for fun, other times it is to gain an edge over his opponents, but despite an incorrect ruling by Jack Effel last year, it is all within the rules. And I have personally heard reports that playing with Kassouf makes for a fun time at the tables. If anyone can bring poker to the masses it's guys like Kassouf who are just crazy enough to get their hands broadcast by USA Today and MSN. So is Kassouf good for poker? I vote yes. After all, 7,221 main event entrants can't be wrong.
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