This tale took location my second week in Vegas very last thirty day period. For explanations that will become obvious shortly, I really wanted to get this posted while the WSOP was however heading on, but it failed to perform out that way. You know how it goes—you are unable to constantly get what you want. I also wanted to marry Kate Upton, but by some means Justin Verlander conquer me to her, the bastard.
Back again then, Lightning was in town. He experienced been taking part in poker all working day while I was operating. He experienced organized to fulfill up with VegasDWP that night and perform at the Wynn. So after I finished operating, I headed over to the Wynn to be part of them.
This remaining the middle of the collection (and of program, Wynn experienced their collection heading on, the Wynn Common), the location was really fast paced. Lightning and DWP were being now taking part in, but they could not get the same table. So DWP was now on the checklist to transfer to Lightning’s match. When I eventually acquired termed to a match, I informed them to place me on the transfer checklist to Lightning’s match as well.
At this issue in my journey, I experienced been pretty significantly card lifeless the whole time. Points failed to modify this night time at the Wynn. I was hoping that it’s possible transferring to Lightning’s table would provide me some good cards eventually, but no 1 was leaving his table, and for a extended time the 3 of us were being all trapped at different tables.
The only table amongst us that ever experienced empty seats was my table. At 1 issue, seat nine opened up, and I noticed a player heading for it. As he approached, I recognized he looked common. Pretty common. By the time he took his seat at the match, I understood that this guy was the spitting graphic of notorious “speech-perform” professional William Kassouf.
You bear in mind Kassouf, correct? The guy who turned notorious mainly because of 1 specific poker hand that was demonstrated endlessly from the WSOP in 2016. The “show” he place on was so noteworthy that I truly did a publish speaking about it, which you can come across below. If you just want to see the hand that triggered all the fuss, you can come across it below.
I was sitting in seat two, much away from him, but man it guaranteed looked like him. I wanted to get a second and third view, so I texted each Lightning and DWP that I suspected Kassouf was at my table and for them to see for themselves. The each did and agreed it did search like Kassouf.
Very well at first, I could not listen to anything at all he was stating over the sounds in the area, but at some point I listened to his voice, that exclusive British accent, and I understood that there was a excellent motive it looked like Kassouf. It was Kassouf!
Now my earlier publish about him was really significant of his schtick. And I have mentioned in other posts that I instead loathe taking part in versus guys who like to talk to me when the motion is on me—when gamers interact in just the style of speech-perform that Kassouf is well-known for. You can come across a publish about that below. So my first reaction to acquiring Kassouf at my table was “Ugh. Can I get that table modify expedited, please?”
But I was a little bit ambivalent mainly because I’m constantly on the hunt for excellent running a blog content and it did occur to me that this character could quite simply source me with a little something to compose about.
I experienced hardly performed a hand prior to he arrived and not significantly improved after he acquired there. I was just so card lifeless.
Kassouf made his existence felt pretty significantly straight away. He opened pots and was betting greater than what experienced been the conventional opening for this table. Normally when I perform one/three at the Wynn, gamers open to $12 or it’s possible $fifteen. It really is not uncommon though to see smaller sized openings. But when there are aggros at the table, suddenly you see openings for $twenty or $25. Kassouf opened for $fifteen or $twenty, if not $25. And until eventually he experienced gotten there, a great deal of the situations the pot experienced been opened for $ten or a lot less.
As soon as he place out his first $twenty open, the guy to my left, an more mature gentleman with a major stack, mentioned to him, “Why are you betting so major?” Kassouf mentioned, “What? It really is not so major.” I am really guaranteed that the guy experienced no notion who Kassouf was.
These two created a managing dialog, primarily with the guy future to me complaining about the dimensions of Kassouf’s bets. But of program that did not very little to have an impact on Kassouf’s wager sizing. I will say though, that after awhile, when lots of of his opening raises went uncalled, he pulled again a very little and commenced opening for normal amounts. To be honest, he often limped and of course, there were being situations he even folded preflop.
Early on, when he made a major raise after the flop and absolutely everyone folded, the woman on my correct mentioned, “Oh wow, he ought to have experienced a major hand.” The guy on my left mentioned, “No, he experienced completely very little.” I suspect he was correct. Oh yeah, he was also pretty aggro after the flop, of program.
When the seat to his correct opened up, the new player in it elevated his first hand. This really delighted Kassouf. “Oh first hand, you are now into it? Yeah, yeah. Like a boss!” I of program cracked up but no 1 else reacted.
There was 1 time in which he really acted like the Kassouf from that WSOP hand. It was publish-flop, maybe on the river, not guaranteed, and the guy on his correct made a pretty tiny wager. Kassouf shoved. It was really the overbet whilst the guy who wager initially failed to have everywhere around the chipstack Kassouf experienced and they were being heads up.
The guy went into the tank. “I really don’t know….I really don’t know.” So Kassouf mentioned, “Very well, tell me what you have and I will tell you if you should call…..You can tell me what you have.” Yeah, he really mentioned that. I really don’t bear in mind the board, but he mentioned, “Do you have a ten? If you have a ten you should unquestionably call.” Of program this left the guy entirely befuddled. Kassouf stored it up, asking what the guy experienced, and building strategies. “Very well if you have a ten you should call for guaranteed.” He in all probability mentioned some other cards too, I are unable to remember. I think he also proposed some scenarios in which he proposed folding.
But of program it left the bad guy hopelessly baffled. And so he folded. And then Kassouf asked him what he folded. He informed him, but I failed to listen to what he mentioned. And then Kassouf mentioned, “It was a excellent fold, it was a really excellent fold.” Somehow I suspect it was in all probability the even worse fold in the record of poker.
When he acquired folds he would often asked what they folded and constantly tell them they made excellent laydowns. One time a guy informed him he folded prime pair, prime kicker. Kassouf appeared a very little stunned. “Guy, if you laid that down, that is a really excellent fold!” Once more, I suspect that it was a really lousy fold.
The natural way, whenever his bets did get termed, he managed to have the products. One hand he opened major, was 3-wager, he shoved, the guy snap-termed and Kassouf flipped over two Kings. The other guy failed to show and at some point dropped the pot.
One of the sellers was telling him about the wild motion at the PLO match so he acquired place on the checklist for that. And he was termed to it prior to I was termed to Lightning’s match. So that was the conclusion of my night with Mr. Kassouf.
I experienced pleasurable when I eventually joined Lightning and DWP, but I remained card lifeless the whole time, so really no hands of mine truly worth creating about.
As for Kassouf, I have to confess that he’s really not a lousy guy. I really don’t like his poker practices but he appeared like a good fellow and was just out to have some pleasurable (and acquire some money). Probably a pleasurable guy to have a beer with. But a tough player to perform versus and I do imagine he pushes his verbal practices a little bit too much.