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William Kassouf Wins Final EPT High Roller Event

The Controversial British Player Earned €532,500 and A Place In Poker History After Making A Deal Heads-Up


William Kassouf was the center of attention for much of ESPN’s coverage of the 2016 World Series of Poker main event, and the talkative British player’s antics sparked plenty of controversy as each new episode aired. Kassouf has found the spotlight once again, but this time as the title winner in a massive and historic event.

Kassouf struck a deal heads up to take down the final €10,300 high roller in European Poker Tour history. In order to secure that honor Kassouf, who was at a 4-to-1 chip disadvantage to Canada’s Patrick Serda, offered a deal that saw Serda take home €719,000 while Kassouf would earn the title, the trophy and the winners photo, along with a €532,500 payday. The payouts would have originally been €485,600 to the runner up and €765,900 to the champion had no deal been struck.

Kassouf’s winner’s photo, part of the stipulations of the deal, saw him pose with the 9Heart Suit8Heart Suit, referencing one of the more controversial hands from this year’s WSOP main event coverage. It was in that hand that he coined his catch phrase, “Nine high, like a boss” after showing a bluff to Stacy Matuson, who had folded pocket queens.

According to his Twitter account Kassouf had won his way into the event for only €1,600.

As previously mentioned, this event was one of the last tournaments of the final EPT festival. Earlier in 2016 PokerStars announced that it would rebrand it’s live poker tours, including the popular European Poker Tour, joining the largest events from several tours under the banner of PokerStars Championships starting in 2017. The EPT hosted 115 tournament festivals over it’s 13 seasons.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 William Kassouf $554,120 1800
2 Patrick Serda $748,191 1500
3 Tue Ullerup Hansen $365,251 1200
4 Viliyan Petleshkov $295,374 900
5 Paul Leckey $233,719 750
6 Grzegorz Wyraz $179,930 600
7 Matas Cimbolas $133,925 450
8 Jens Lakemeier $96,953 300


1 year ago

I don't understand - Patrick Serda had a 4-1 chip lead and agreed to a deal where he got less money than if he had won... AND he gave up the title and trophy?

This guy may be a bigger ass hat than Kassouf!


1 year ago

he couldnt take the speech play anymore