Being a known name in poker is definitely tough. Not least because every misdemeanor you may manifest will be highlighted and broadcast to the rest of the community. Just ask Phil Helmuth whose been called the “brad of poker” and for a good reason, too.
William Kassouf Caught Stealing $100 Worth of Chips
It’s hard to be William Kassouf right now. Not because he has run out of his poker earnings, no. There’s a lot of pride that needs to be stomached for the sake of one’s career and airs. Allowing yourself to bag a few chips is definitely not going to end up good for you, whether you play poker or roulette. The reported incident involving Kassouf took place at a Grosvenor casino property and he was reportedly banned from all properties and dropped from the casino’s sponsorship program as a result.
Just got a very interesting message about @WilliamKassouf getting caught palming 100$ chips at roulette table and getting banned from all properties and dropped by his sponsorship shocked to hear it but now we know where his buyins were coming from #goodriddence
— wcoop wafflecrusher (@shaundeeb) September 16, 2018
There has been quite the controversy surrounding the case. First, 2018 WSOP Player of the Year contender Shaun Deeb broke the news on Twitter, announcing that Kassouf had finally been tossed out of the spotlight for showing his true colors. Some considered this behavior beyond the pale with Will Davies taking the moral high ground on this occasion and commenting,
Shaun, I don’t think it is your place to start spreading stories and rumours based of a “text” and consequently tarnishing someone’s names when you don’t know the full story if there is one at all. Please consider the damage your tweet does and remove it until you know more.
From my standpoint, Kassouf’s behavior was indeed inexcusable, but Deeb’s open manifestation of gloating was really ungracious, especially for anyone who hopes to be WSOP Player of the Year.
It was not just the fact that he refused to apologise when he was asked by the community, nor was it his inability to spell a basic word such as “riddance”. It was breaking the news in such an inelegant way to begin with.
Mea Culpa, Kassouf Says
Kassouf did owe up to what he had done, though, and said that he had indeed pocketed some chips. The events happened as described by Deeb, more or less. Kassouf’s official statement said that he had been on a binge with friends and under the influence of alcohol made “an error of judgement” whereby he pocketed some of the chips intentionally.
Kassouf did not try to conceal the fact, although he didn’t state it in full. He took the opportunity to apologize to everyone who may have been affected by his decision such as it was. He offered his apologies to friends and family. Kassouf, even though clearly in the wrong, acted with dignity, openly articulating his guilt.
Still, Kassouf’s transgression pales in comparison with what we have already seen in the world of poker. From players spotting flaws with certain cards and exploiting it to players running Ponzi schemes in Australia. At some point, it seems like the cunning minds of the top-brass in poker just gets bored and looks for new challenges.
Money doesn’t seem to matter in the slightest as Kassouf’s case reveals. Piling on to hate him for pocketing $100 in chips is pointless.