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Poker’s William Kassouf Banned from Grosvenor Casinos

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

william-kassouf-pokerWilliam Kassouf has worn on many fellow poker players with his antics at the table.

Apparently, he’s also worn on Grosvenor casinos since the UK-based chain has now banned him.

This means that Kassouf will no longer be able to play poker or any other casino games at their 55 establishments.

Why Is Kassouf Banned from Grosvenor Casinos?

Interesting enough, Kassouf’s ban revolves around roulette, rather than poker. He and his friends were playing roulette at the Grosvenor Casino Westgate in Leeds, while taking a break from a UK Poker Tour event.

British poker player Michael J. O’Mahoney was a member of the party and described what Kassouf did in detail.

“We were all drunk and the only one playing roulette was one mate who won about 4k and let us bet for him using the single 1 (£100) chips he had,” wrote O’Mahoney.

“We put a bet on that won another £2800 and Kassouf started celebrating and grabbing the £100 chips which myself and mates took back.”

While it seems like this is more of Kassouf’s annoying antics, he was actually trying to steal some of the chips.

“But in the ensuing betting he was seen pocketing some. That’s when argument happened,” O’Mahoney added.

“Like I said, we all wanted to keep it between us and we had a private argument at bar with a view to it being sorted the next day.”

Grosvenor Settles the Matter

Despite O’Mahoney and his friends wanted to keep the incident to themselves, Grosvenor management found out what happened. They proceeded to ban Kassouf from all of their properties.

Kassouf has since apologized, saying that he had too much to drink that night.

“I will continue to do what I do best by bringing the fun and entertainment factor back to poker as that’s what’s most important to me in my poker career,” he stated.

Kassouf first landed on the poker radar when he took 17th in the 2016 WSOP Main Event and won $338,288. He was frequently featured on ESPN’s coverage getting under fellow players’ skin.

He’s since gone on to win the 2016 EPT Prague High Roller for €532,500 ($555,619) and now has $1,406,158 in career winnings.

Doug Polk Breaks Down William Kassouf WSOP Controversy

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

william-kassouf-pokerIt’s been over 3 months since William Kassouf annoyed players in the 2016 WSOP Main Event with his “speech play.” But the controversy has been given new life thanks to ESPN’s recent broadcast of the Main Event.

This prompted high stakes pro Doug Polk to do a video segment on the issue. Polk opened the video by saying that players should be allowed to talk during hands because poker is a social game.

“You can’t just say ‘oh you can’t talk because you’re annoying or we don’t like what you’re saying or you’re talking too much,'” said Polk.

The WSOP champion believes that there needs to be a clear line for what is and isn’t allowed on the poker table.

“I think the line is when you’re insulting people or being abusive to people, I think that you’re stepping over the line and now you’re being intrusive to other people,” Polk explained.

He points out how WSOP rules state that you can’t talk to opponents in an effort to manipulate their decisions.

“I think that if we look at Kassouf’s decisions, I think that the ones where his opponent’s all-in, he’s trying to talk to them or trying to talk about the hand, I think that’s completely okay.”

Polk adds, “However, decisions where his opponent is all-in and he’s trying to get them to make a certain decision…whether that’s okay in poker, that can to either way. When you do have rules in place that specifically outline in these scenarios, as a tournament, you have to follow that direction or why have the rules to begin with.”

Polk goes into detail with the WSOP rules, discussing things like the Jamie Gold rule (no talking about your hand) and Hevad Khan rule (no excessive celebrations), pointing out that they make clear distinctions about what’s not allowed.

He also shows a video where Kassouf clearly breaks the rules (6:45) by trying to influence a hand and disrespecting a player.

See what else Polk has to say about the matter below, and you can also watch Kassouf’s famous hand with Griffin Benger in the other video.