Canadian poker player Griffin Benger absolutely lost it on controversial English player William Kassouf during the World Series of Poker, demanding that he is a bully who needs to “check his privilege.”
Kassouf was attempting to psych out his opponent with some light trash talk, when Benger absolutely lost it.
“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 then smiles and says he is just using “speech play.” Speech play is generally allowed at poker tables, as long as you don’t say anything that can influence the hand. At the World Series of Poker, while annoying, he was absolutely within the rules of the game with his banter.
“What you’re doing to be is verbal abuse,” Benger continued to demand. “You should really check yourself, check your privilege, check your privilege, check your privilege, you’re a rude person, this is verbal abuse.”
With millions of dollars at stake, and the next person out still set to walk away with $300,000 — it is unclear whether or not Benger had any room to talk about privilege.
During the heated exchange, both players opted to go all-in.
Benger had pocket aces, and Kassouf was holding pocket kings. This gave Benger and his meltdown an 80% chance of winning.
“An eight, three and 10 came on the flop, and after another six came on the turn, Benger boasted a 95 percent chance of winning with one card left to be dealt. Another 10 came on the river, which secured Benger the win and sent Kassouf packing,” For the Win reported.
Kassouf walked away with $300,000 — but Benger will now win at least $1,000,000 — as he became one of the final nine players left.
That is some serious cash-money privilege.