William Kassouf Named WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star
WPT Tournament Director Matt Savage says that he had more requests to make Will Kassouf a Shooting Star than any other player, "and it wasn't even close"
Love-him-or-hate-him English poker player William Kassouf is drumming up yet more controversy this week after WPT tournament director Matt Savage named him as one of his 50 bounty players in this year's WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic, to be held between March 5th - March 10th in San Jose, California.
Each of the 50 "Shooting Stars" will start the tournament with a $2,500 bounty on his or her head and this year Savage is looking to make the tournament bigger than ever by choosing his bounty players according to the "three p's" (Personality, Personable, Popular) rather than simply on their level of skill, with Savage commenting that:
"The field was becoming increasingly based on results and so the "Stars" of 10 years ago were being pushed out by young superstars that showed up late, refused to interact with players at their table, take pictures, declined interviews, and sometimes not even sign the shirt when they busted. It created a very negative experience for our locals an satelitte winners."
It seems that not everybody is happy about Kassouf's appointment, however, with veteran pro and WSOP bracelet winner Kathy Liebert saying;
Mind you, it seems that Liebert, who finished 2nd in 2009's Shooting Star classic for $550,000, is in a minority as Kassouf fans across the twittersphere jumped to his defence and to congratulate the "King of Speech Play" on his shooting star status, an opinion which was mirrored by Savage who went on to say:
"I received more requests to make William a Shooting Star than any other player and it wasn't close"
Savage went on to try to allay fears that Kassouf's trademark stalling might disrupt play, saying;
"I have already informed him [Kassouf] that slow play, excessive taking, and stalling will not be permitted in my events and he has ensured me there wouldn't be. I respect players and I expect them to respect me, our dealers, and staff as well."
After his recent win at the EPT $10k High Roller in Prague and his latest poker appointment, it would seem Kassouf's star is most certainly in the ascendancy!