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.

    by isnortbooze on July 26th, 2017

    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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    28 Comments

    BigThangz: ive said it
    Mon, 07/24/2017 - 23:18

    ive said since 1st day I saw him play and say 9 hi LIKE A BOSS he makes poker fun to watch again. Poker used to be played with guns on the table now a days u cant even swear now wsop tryin to make it u cant even talk at the table and want u to play speed poker. I like the way he plays and he shouldn't change a thing.

    winawyna: Damn right he's good for
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:45

    Damn right he's good for poker..I got into this game from TV and we need more influx of fish if we gonna make some more money..know I'm being blunt..and yes I would attribute a large number of those who newly showed up for wsop to his influence..he's definitely good for the game

    winawyna: Damn right he's good for
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:45

    Damn right he's good for poker..I got into this game from TV and we need more influx of fish if we gonna make some more money..know I'm being blunt..and yes I would attribute a large number of those who newly showed up for wsop to his influence..he's definitely good for the game

    Underworld: Seems like a nice guy :)
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:49

    Nice interview, he is really chatty, he likes to talk and explain his stand openly, all in all he looks like a nice guy. In the end there is talk about how he accepts his fans on fb, he like to be in contact with them, that is very nice from him.
    But much more interesting for me is your question Is he good or bad for poker? How can some player be bad for poker? I always thought that poker is for all the people who likes to play the game, doesn`t matter are they good players or not.

    Mrboozo: Its awsome
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:07

    Indeed good poker player i know his playing style......
    But best things is that glad to click on the interview and now my words is that interview is awesome instead of his playing way.

    joicypoltas: yeah
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:17

    Exactly he was....is.....will be..... Mention in poker hero's.
    Appreciated his interview too.

    Akmaho: as many people know
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:47

    As many people know he's good for poker and my vote is also good for good ..
    Thanks we are in circle cos many new player comment and advise plzz to 3 to old and 3 to new commented player in a week.

    Marukh666: Me with good thrre and best
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:02

    Me with good thrre and best for me is interview better speach with you in interview by kaussof..
    85% he does again.

    xiyanxook: Yes he's good for poker as
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:09

    Yes he's good for poker as all player say above and also good interview with booze.
    When all say he'best that who chance to win ticket..may i hope in heart thanks.

    shandefoye: My vote is for goog player
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:41

    My vote is for goog player and another vote is for good post go ahed booze.andv interview is'nt bad.

    hipolipo: Look his face point he seem a
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:46

    Look his face point he seem a fully poker pro..yeas he s good..
    Good inter view too sir .

    BitBandit: Awesome interview Snort!
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:48

    Awesome interview Snort!

    REDSCARFACE: Nice Interview!
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:26

    I think Kassouf is a great addition to the poker world. Everyone has there own strategy or play set. I believe talking can throw someone off there game plus find hidden nervous signs in the speech to find out which play to stay or flop. Even in online play some talk in the chat can force or drive your opponent to do a certain action. Kassouf is great man with good insight! I also believe tanking to get ITM is just horrid. Why not go for 1st! Thank You for the interview Snort, such a great player to this community and a good friend period! --- BTW: "Boy did you look nervous". LOL

    oriole: From the few clips I have
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:05

    From the few clips I have seen I think he's crossing the line with speech play. I personally don't want to play with someone who's constantly being super agressive with trying to get reads or influence my play by being just annoying. It's one thing to be friendly talking like Kid Poker does it and completely different the way Kassouf is doing it.
    But it doesn't really matter what I, or anyone for that matter, thinks about it. If it's not against the rules then it's allowed, so fair play to him.

    He's probably good for poker TV, but not so much for the community.

    tribet: There is no bad publicity, so
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:38

    There is no bad publicity, so if he wants to grab the spot light let him. Anyone that can bring poker to the forefront and be successfull playing while doing it is good for poker. You don't have to agree or like him, just understand that the attention he is bringing to poker is a good thing. The more people that see and start getting interested in the game, will only be good for the game. People take an interest and before you know it they are playing at a table near you. The more mainstream it becomes the easier it will be to convince the nahsayers that it is a sport and a game of skill.

    Linux911: Need a ticket
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:26

    I think he's a good poker player! And yes, conversation during the game can tell a lot if you speak the language of the conversation as Allat Pease writes.

    HowItdo: Will Kassouf is an
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:14

    Will Kassouf is an interesting character for poker. One one hand he's great for the game as he's entertaining and easily brings casual viewers talking about poker. This subsequently brings in more players into the game. On the other hand I would never want to play with him because of the excessive tanking lowering the hands per hour the table sees. The speech play should have little impact on how I would play and would likely not get under my skin. Still he's an overall net for poker and should be treated as such despite his polarizing personality and tactics.

    OneTime: I think Kassouf is great for
    Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:02

    I think Kassouf is great for TV, and his speechplay, while it probably gets to be a bit much if you were to sit at a table with him, is fine. He's not being rude/insulting to his opponents. You, as a player, always have a choice to engage with him or not. It's about making the correct decision in whatever situation you are facing.

    William Kassouf's speechplay is good for poker. For too long, poker was starting to become the "anti-social" game where nobody was talking at the table. It's supposed to be a game where people can converse, and have a good time, while still competing for whatever it is they are competing for.

    Excessive tanking, however, is going to ruin live poker.

    Anybody remember the amount of time Jesse Sylvia took to tank over every decision? It was the 2012 Main Event Final Table and he took a lot of heat over that. It has only got worse since then.

    jramy: Hahaha I find Mr.Kassousf as
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 01:54

    Hahaha I find Mr.Kassousf as enjoyable as Daniel Negreanu at the tables :)
    His very play style is amusing and he definitely is one of my favorite player.

    He is a very experianced player and knows exactly what he is doing. His tips probably won't help me at the table since i'm a recreational player but they are nice to put away :)

    alves1603: Good questioning
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 03:10

    Doubtless he is a player with his own style, unusual personality to the stereotype of reserved and silent poker player, if he is good for poker? From the marketing point of view, I have no doubt, the guy is mediatic and that brings attention and looks to our sport, and at the moment we need it to grow.

    Shahab Afridi: Me with my gr
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:36

    Me with my girl friend watching live poker on sport together and both of us say he is absolutely world-class.
    ALSO appreciated the interview and speech both of you and less of.

    yasser: I like him
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:37

    I think the way he plays is very fun and enjoyable .so why not?

    Blindme: I watched a few videos on him
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:24

    I watched a few videos on him a well back and my first thought was he is complete ass and bad for the game. But he taps into a problem that has mad poker a little to much of a grind live. I much prefer older folks at the table because the young guys tend to want to put the hoodie up(if allowed) and plug in their headphones. Its boring as hell and they tend to forget to post their blinds.
    So I think we really need a shot of different folks to loosen up this image of ski googles and stone image at the tables. I much rather fight with a old guy over splitting the blinds for pure self indulging fun. So I can see what he does is effective to some extent and it also is great advertising for his self brand.

    BCpokerlea: Nice interview
    Thu, 07/27/2017 - 23:13

    Hope I've got one

    BCpokerlea: Nice interview
    Thu, 07/27/2017 - 23:13

    Hope I've got one

    Noname99: Good
    Fri, 07/28/2017 - 19:34

    He is good for poker for bringing miracles on the table an honor if I can play with him

    Olson: Woot Found ya:P
    Mon, 07/31/2017 - 02:14

    Took me forever, but with help of users I found a article you wrote. funny thing is I read this already:P

    bwstacker1: Kassouf attributes
    Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:26

    I myself really think Kassouf is just as good as the big pros in this sport. He is not like Doyle Brunson, just set back and take poker as it is. Kassouf entertains the table as he plays. Even if it is in his favor to win the hand. His tactics are good measures to get under peoples skin and force a mess up. What is wrong with that. That is what poker is all about. Doing what other players don't want you to do. Like I said he will bring people to sport if not just to have a chance to play with him. I hope to see this man among the poker greats.

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