Will Kassouf has been the highlight of this year’s World Series of Poker. His ability to get under opponents’ skin with annoying antics certainly played a role in his deep run. His fellow competitors never warmed to his spot-on David Brent impression and non-stop verbal commentary for some reason, creating a tense atmosphere for players and viewers alike.
The situation finally came to a head during last night’s episode when Kassouf and Griffin Benger got into it pre-flop. Kassouf, feeling confident in his pocket kings, twisted the knife with a torrent of gibberish. With pocket aces himself, Benger didn’t want to hear it and snapped.
“You’re just an abusive person, man, it’s not funny,” he said “It’s not a game. You’re being abusive. It’s called verbal abuse. What you’re doing to me, you’re a bully. It’s rude. It’s mean.”
Then, in a moment that will go down in history, Benger told Kassouf to “check his privilege” without a hint of irony. It was truly astounding.
Just as a primer, it costs $10,000 to play in the World Series of Poker. At the time of this hand, the final table was in sight and all the players were guaranteed around $340,000.
Of all the times to break out “check your privilege,” this has to be one of the worst. I really need to be there the moment one of Clay Travis’ readers brings this to his attention. His head may explode.
Kassouf eventually called Benger’s all-in and was eliminated to the great joy of everyone else at the table. No word if the polarizing agitator picked up his belongings from the casino’s privilege check on the way out.