Lucky Brooklyn poker player enters tournament by mistake, wins $973000
Mistakes never turn out this good.
A simple “misclick” caused a poker player named Asher Conniff from Brooklyn, New York to win almost $1 million in a poker tournament.
Conniff was scheduled to play a $1,000 high-roller game online, after winning $203,000 in the opening event of the Spring Poker Open. But the misclick caused him to enter into a $1,600 qualifying tournament for the $15,000 live poker main event that was happening the very next day instead.
Of course, Conniff tried to get out of it, but the casino told him there was nothing they could do.
He was then forced to skip a planned family vacation and was stuck playing in a 239-person live tournament filled with professional poker players.
In an interview by the New York Daily News, he said, “I had literally just won a 2,400-person field tournament – my luck had to run out sooner or later.”
In a stroke of luck, Conniff ended up in a six-man final table that featured industry veterens Tony Dunst, Brian Yoon, Carlos Mortensen, Ray Qartomy and Alexander Lakhov, all of whom have over $1.5 million in career winnings each.
A couple hours later, Conniff went home $973,000 richer.
To celebrate, he’s planning to treat his family to the vacation he missed.
And afterwards, Conniff joked that he was going to win three (World Series of Poker) bracelets and the Main Event.
It’s probably wise not to bet against him.