When the November Nine return for the Main Event final table next week, they will have to pull out all the stops if they want to top the most memorable hand of this year’s event so far.
The ESPN coverage of the last few days of the summer extravaganza’s biggest event has focused almost entirely on the fast-talking, slow-playing Londoner, who managed to annoy just about everyone who had the misfortune to share his table!
Tournament Director Jack Effel had his hands full dealing with the Englishman, pulling him aside on several occasions to warn and eventually penalise him over his ‘disturbing’ behavior – while opponent’s such as Cliff Josephy and Jared Bleznick were far more blunt with him, calling him a clown and ridiculing his normal buy-in levels.
Kassouf’s end, when it came, was a car-crash affair – the Englishman picking up pocket kings, while sitting opposite was Griffin Benger peering down at pocket rockets – a huge cooler at the best of times, but here the tournament lives of both men were on the line.
Under the gun, Benger raised it up with his two black aces, and when it got to Kassouf,Norman Chad exclaimed:
“Big hand at the wrong time!”
Eventually, and very slowly – as was his style all week long – Kassouf re-raised, and then started his usual ‘speech-play’ during Benger’s thinking time of course.
When Benger re-raised to 5.6m, Kassouf went into overdrive.
“5.6? Find out where you are? I take it if I ship it you’re not passing?!”
And he went on – and on – and on. Excruciating talk while Benger simply stared into the void. Two (ESPN edited remember! It could have been 10!) minutes of Kassouf’s annoying soliloquy saw the clock being called, and then…