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William Kassouf earned his nickname “The King of Speech Play” with a deep televised run in this year's World Series of Poker Main Event and he just scored an even bigger prize by chopping the EPT Prague High Roller.
It was Kassouf's biggest poker score ever and to make it even better, it happened on the eve of his own birthday.
The buy-in to the High Roller was €10,000 but according to his Twitter account, Kassouf satellited in for just €1,600.
Kassouf made it through the 407-person field and got heads-up with Canadian Patrick Serda, and he ended up making an unusual deal to finish the tournament.
Kassouf agreed to take €532,500, giving Serda €719,000, on the condition that Kassouf would officially take first place and the trophy.
Kassouf has been conspicuously absent from Twitter since the win but Serda tweeted
“Took €719k and 2nd place. Congrats to William Kassouf on winning the last ever EPT HR!”
Kassouf has been a hot topic in the poker world thanks to his antics at the WSOP, including a controversial penalty for what he called “Speech play” in a hand against Stacy Matuson, and his dramatic elimination by Griffin Benger in what became by far the most-watched hand of the year.
A lot of people believe the poker world needs more interesting characters like William Kassouf and after this recent win it's more likely than ever we'll continue to see him playing, and talking, in more big events.
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