Besides the early afternoon poker action in Aspers Casino Stratford, day 3 also started with big news of William Kassouf joining the Cash Game Festival later that evening. This UK-based poker player does not need a long introduction. Or to be more precise, after the 2016 WSOP, he does not need any introduction at all. However, we would still like to introduce him a little (wink, wink).
From a solicitor to a pro poker player, the one and only William Kassouf is a character in his own right. His playing style has turned him into into a villain to some, a hero to others. Love him or hate him – one cannot deny that his style is drawing a lot of attention to the games he is playing. Making a show, talking excessively to his opponents during games and taking a long time to even look at his cards, he has raised some questions about poker ethics. Some have even called him a clown. For us, he is a player who knows what he is doing. Moreover, let the numbers speak for themselves. One has to be a good player to be able to make the gains he has managed to make. We also appreciate the players who are social and talkative because, in addition to cash games, our festival is about fun, laughter and socializing. This is why we get quite a few of our awesome regular players travel from stop to stop with us. They simply enjoy the buzz and action. Some can rarely find such atmosphere outside the festival.
From a social point of view, William is a very likable and an articulate person. It was a great pleasure to talk to him off the table. Moreover, we admire the change he made in his life, leaving his career in law for pro poker player adventures and travels. A quote from his Twitter profile sums up his character rather well:
“I’m a solicitor by profession and I’m also a professional poker player. I’m a chilled-out, fun loving kind of a guy, always up for a challenge and a good laugh!”
Moreover, on day 3 at the Cash Game Festival, he definitely won the style award of the day, wearing the digital sunglasses as you can see in the feature image of this article. He wore them during our live Twitch £5/£10 hold’em TV table in seat #2. He also had his friend Terry Jordon playing at the same feature table. Terry is quite regular at Aspers and a good laugh on and off the table. He attended the festival on day 2 as well. So, the next step was to invite William to join him at the festival. Good job, Terry!
TV table done, interviews for us and Pokernews.com given, it was time to educate William about Sviten Special – probably the greatest poker game ever, according the Cash Game Festival founder Martin Franke von Zweigbergk. So, at around 1 AM at night, there was a big moment in William’s life as he played Sviten Special for the first time. Our team sat him down in the poker room, playing about 3 hands of Sviten with him. According to Andro Loos, the Cash Game Festival project manager, it was a friendly game and a good laugh. However, seems that William needs a bit more training in the game (and more beer), so we are hoping that he would be back for more.
William also attended the Cash Game Festival dinner to remember that started at around 5.30 PM. These special dinners are organized as a part of our hospitality package with the aim of socializing with Partners, qualifiers, players and other special guests – nice food and drinks galore, this is what creates a good atmosphere before a fun poker night.
Our first TV table of the day was £1/£2 hold’em. At that table, we also had some very special players. Daniel Näsman and Kalle Fagerström both played on the first TV table. These boys from Sweden are good friends and have been to the Cash Game Festival many times before. In fact, Kalle has been to the very first Cash Game Festival live events in Tallinn in 2015 when the festival was still in baby shoes, starting out as a local cash game festival in Olympic Casino in Estonia. Since Kalle lived in Tallinn at that time, Franke, the founder of the festival, invited him to attend, promising Kalle that he could play poker, fool around and drink. It sounded perfect for Kalle, so he went to the first festival and fell in love. To London stop, Kalle and Daniel took a road trip from Sweden to Norway in an old but beautifully painted Slowball car, and then flew in to London from there, suffering some unfortunate delays in their flight schedule. But they made it right on time for the TV table. For Daniel, Cash Game Festival live events are a holiday. Some go to beach or sky holidays, but for Daniel, poker vacations are his kind of getaways. Good to see you again, guys!
The biggest winner of the first TV table was NordicBet qualifier Daniel Straume from Norway. He made a profit of £590. The biggest winner of the second TV table was Jon Kyte, also from Norway, who managed to make the profit of £2,200. Still two days left to see who will win the Cash Game Festival TV table trophy. The winner will be announced on Sunday after the last TV table session.
About the poker room action at Aspers. At 9.40 PM, we had 24 tables running with the 25th about to open. As the evening continued, the table count went up to 26 which was the record of day 3. At 01.25 AM we had 22 tables running. 9 tables running at around 5 AM, and 4 tables running as the sun came out. The poker variations offered were hold’em, dealer’s choice Omaha and Sviten Special.
Today’s hospitality event is the traditional Saturday night VIP party starting at 10 PM. Let’s go and have fun. Let’s go and have fun in London.
Moreover, please do not forget that our next stop is Dublin on Oct 11th – Oct 15th. The registrations for Dublin games are open HERE. Let’s go and test that local Guinness together!
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