A resident of Brooklyn entered a live poker tournament by mistake, but ended up winning close to $1 million.
The lucky man is Asher Conniff who won $973,000 in the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship, which was being played at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Just a week back, he won over $200k in another poker tournament.
He later told New York Daily News that he qualified for the WPT World Championship just because he clicked on the qualifier satellite by mistake. He then had to win the qualifier, which had a player field of 2,400 in order to win a free seat to the $15,000 buy-in championship tournament.
Few in the poker gaming community had heard of Asher Conniff before he won close to $1.4 million in just three short weeks. Data on the Hendon Mob, an online service that keeps track of poker players’ winnings, indicates that, prior to that, he had won just $188,000 in the entire course of his career.
He won almost double his total career winnings by winning a prize of $203,231 in a poker tournament held on April 20. When the New York Daily News asked him if he felt that he was destined to win the championship tournament, he replied: “It’s funny because normally you’d say that. But I had literally just won a 2,400-person field tournament—my luck had to run out sooner or later.”
Conniff had to beat some really tough opponents at the final table. Notable pros such as Brian Yoon, Tony Dunst, Ray Qartomy, Carlos Montensen, and Alexander Lakhov had made it to the final table. According to a blog about Borgata events, Alexander Lakhov emerged as the runner-up.
Regarding his strategy, Conniff has the following to share: “I needed to be all-in or fold, so to speak. I decided to go for it and cut the B.S. and go 100%. If I was some random person looking at my numbers, nothing in my stats says that I should do this. But I’m not that surprised because I threw myself into the game and worked my tail off, so in my heart I knew how good I am. It’s definitely validating.”
Just before last month, the biggest prize Conniff had won was a pot worth $42,182. Hendon Mob states that he had won it at a poker tournament that was being played at the Borgata in November 2012.