Pro Poker Player Calls Out Opponent for Bullying

'You're just an abusive person, man'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2016 6:19 PM CDT

What happens when you push a Canadian professional poker player too far? Apparently you get a stern talking-to. For the Win reports Canadian player Griffin Benger squared off with English player William Kassouf in this year's World Series of Poker. According to Fox Sports, Kassouf is a "very polarizing player in the poker world" because he tries to annoy his opponents into mistakes through constant trash talk. (He even had another player threaten to beat him up once.) On the hand in question, Benger raised Kassouf to $5.6 million and Kassouf kept talking, asking Benger what he should do, the Daily Dot reports. Finally, in a clip that TMZ reports went viral Monday, Benger snaps.

"You're just an abusive person, man," Benger tells Kassouf. "It's not funny. It's not a game. You're being abusive. What you're doing to me, you're a bully. It's rude. It's mean." Kassouf defended himself, saying it's just "speechplay," and they both went all in. And, as For the Win notes, "karma was the real winner." Benger's pocket aces beat Kassouf's pocket kings. Kassouf was eliminated (though he'll still take home $300,000), and Benger stands to win at least $1 million as one of the final nine players. (More World Series of Poker stories.)

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