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WSOP Main Event Chip Leader Cliff Josephy Calls William Kassouf A Clown On ESPN's Latest Poker Broadcast

Talkative British Player Dominates WSOP TV Coverage With Controversial Antics

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Table-talking William Kassouf has been one of main focal points of ESPN’s World Series of Poker main event coverage this year. His showdown with Stacy Matuson was one of the most talked about hands of this year’s world championship. Even Card Player’s very own Rules Guy chimed in with his opinion.

During the most recent WSOP main event broadcast, covering day 7 of the tournament, Kassouf’s chatty antics and penchant for dragging out hands led to a tense interaction with the table. Michael Niwinski had missed a flush draw with the KHeart SuitJHeart Suit on a 8Heart Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit9Diamond SuitASpade Suit board and checked to Kassouf. Kassouf had paired his AHeart SuitQSpade Suit on the river and began his routine.

“Missed your flush draw? Had a flush draw? 9Heart Suit10Heart Suit, right?” asked Kassouf.

After a few moments with the action on him Kenny Hallaert called the clock.

“It hasn’t been that long!” protested Kassouf. The floor agreed and insisted that he be given sufficient time to act on his hand, but the majority of the players at the table disagreed and argued that he was a serial offender when it came to unnecessarily extending the length of hands.

“You keep talking to people that aren’t answering back,” said Cliff Josephy, veteran poker pro and WSOP bracelet winner. “No one is answering you in any hand. Stop talking to everybody.”

“I’m entitled to talk,” replied Kassouf.

“You’re entitled to everything, this table is all about you,” replied Josephy dryly.

Every other player at the table chimed in with their thoughts on Kassouf, with the consensus being that they were fed up with his approach to the game and would be calling the clock on him frequently from there on out.

William KassoufKassouf eventually announced a bet of 3 million chips and Niwinski quickly folded. After the pot was pushed to Kassouf the floor person let the table know that he has been keeping an eye on the clock when it is Kassouf’s turn to act and reminded them that he is allowed two minutes to act on his hand. This ignited a second wave of frustration at the table.

Josephy and Kassouf continued back and forth a bit, leading to this exchange.

“Just look at your cards in advance. We don’t need the clown show,” said Josephy.

“There’s not a clown show,” replied Kassouf.

“You are a clown,” snapped Josephy as Kassouf continued to stack chips with action on him. “Clown.”

Lead Tournament Supervisor Charlie Ciresi came over and told the table he will be monitoring the situation. Later in the broadcast a short-stacked Matthew Moss moved all-in over Kassouf’s 550,000 raise for 4,770,000 with the ADiamond Suit8Diamond Suit. Kassouf went into the tank with pocket threes and began to talk at Moss, trying to gain information from him. Ciresi informed him that Kassouf was overstepping his bounds by asking Moss what he wanted him to do.

After several moments Kassouf spoke to head Tournament Director Jack Effel trying to clarify what he could and couldn’t do. Minutes after Moss had shoved Kassouf finally asked for a count of his opponent’s stack. Shortly afterwards the clock was called on Kassouf.

As time wound down Kassouf folded his pocket threes and showed the rest of the table, who were clearly frustrated with his snail’s-pace approach to the game.

 
 
 
 

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Barry2
almost 5 years ago

I hope that is Cliff could get a redo he would not be calling anyone names, it came off really bad. It is hard when your pumped up and you have someone aggregating the heck out of you but you have to keep your cool. Cheering for Bax but I hope he apologizes (even if he thinks he was justified).

 
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Herbie1
almost 5 years ago

Totally disagree. I haven't seen the broadcast but I wish Cliff would have called him a petulant prick with a propensity for slowing down the game when it is not justified. Every now and then I can see the banter he spews. But every freaking hand. Trust he is loving his 15 minutes. After WSOP concludes probably never hear from guy again.

 
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Herbie1
almost 5 years ago

Well just looked at video and Cliff is my HERO and multiply early post by 10. That will guy is an clown..an annoying one at that.
Great job Cliff as 100% with you.

 
 

richardwilky
almost 5 years ago

You have got to be kidding. Cliff is an arrogant dick and spoke out of turn as usual. He's one to call Kassouf a clown. Takes one to know one Cliffy. Cliff should have been taken aside by the tournament director for his abusive comments directed at Kassouf.

 
 

muscle1
almost 5 years ago

I AGREE wILL IS A BALL BUSTER BUT HE IS CLEARLY USING THIS STRATEGY TO THROW OFF HIS OPPONENTS. hE HAPPENS TO BE QUITE A KNOWLEGABLE PLAYER AND ASTUTE AT SIZEING UP HIS OPPONENTS HAND .tHE WSOP NEEDS TO PUT TIME CLOCKS IN ON EACH PLAYER .MAYBE !0 MINS TOTAL AFTER 30 SECONDS WOULD STOP ALL THE TABLE COMPLAINTS

 
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Tony24
almost 5 years ago

The only person that was out of line was Effel. He takes sides with players all the time depending on whether he knows or likes them (Helmuth is a perfect example who can do anything he wants at the table).

Effel also wants to show everyone that he is the boss of the players and they should kiss his feet. I think he is a terrific TD from an operational perspective, but the worse I have seen from a floor perspective. The WSOP would run a lot better if he stayed off the floor and away from any rulings.

 
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gjpure
almost 5 years ago

What has happened to poker where table talk is basically not allowed? And why is it not allowed all of a sudden but for years it was? And it cash games its still ok? (within reason). Do we all want to play silent stone faced poker? That seems to be what everyone wants. But its a social game!

 
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Mike97
almost 5 years ago

what espn doesnt show. w.k. was tanking on every hand. it was beyond aggravating. it was a donk show of epic proportions. and the karma got him when he got coolerd out of the m.e.

 
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