When the GUKPT started in 2007 I was still working as the Sports Editor of TV Times in London.I used to try and get away early on Fridays, was given four weeks unpaid leave to go with my six weeks holiday, and still I couldn’t find enough time to fit in all the poker I wanted to play!
The live poker scene is as exciting as it’s ever been.
Despite starting out as an online tournament player in 2008, with neither any particular inclination nor the confidence to play face-to-face, when I did pluck up the courage to go inside a casino I caught the live poker bug very quickly.
The first ever live competition I played was a £10 rebuy in Reading. I was anxious and frankly, scared money. I phoned the casino in advance and asked lots of questions, which is the kind of person I am. It transpired the tournament was ‘self-deal’ so I bought a deck of proper plastic playing cards and taught myself to perform a basic riffle shuffle.
You don’t have to search too far to see – or hear – Will Kassouf these days: from Live at the Bike to Poker After Dark, Will is busier than Floyd Mayweather’s accountant. The grosvenorpoker.com sponsored pro is enjoying life; regularly rubbing shoulders with poker superstars like Phil Helmuth, Mike Matusow and Scotty Nguyen to name a few.
We caught up with Will, away from the glitzy lights of LA and Vegas, to find out a bit more about what he’s been up to, including the upcoming “GG Will Bounty Special”.
Back in May, you may remember we interviewed Kit Goodman-Edwards: just one of 20 lucky poker players who each won an all-expenses paid trip to play the Colossus tournament in Las Vegas.
Kit was excited at the prospect of entering the biggest poker tournament on the planet, and hoped to take down the $1,000,000 first prize. While we’re sad to say that none of our team were lucky enough to make it to the final table, one of our players finished in a very respectable 161st place.