Sometimes, the wrong moves can have the best outcomes.
A poker player named Asher Conniff from Brooklyn, New York, won almost $1 million in a tournament he entered by mistake.
A week before, Conniff won $203,000 in the opening event of the Spring Poker Open
. Shortly after his first victory, Conniff was scheduled to play a $1,000 high-roller game online, except that he accidentally misclicked and entered into a $1,600 qualifying tournament for the $15,000 live poker main event that was happening the very next day.
Conniff immediately tried to get out of it, but the casino told him there was nothing they could do. He was forced to skip a planned family vacation and was stuck playing in a 239-person live tournament filled with professional poker players. Conniff told the New York Daily News
“I had literally just won a 2,400-person field tournament — my luck had to run out sooner or later.”
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.
In less than five hours of action, Conniff was victorious and took home the $973,000 prize.
Prior to these two big wins, Conniff’s biggest win was a $42,182 jackpot won in November 2012, according to Hendon Mob. His last tournament was the World Series of Poker last summer. He told the New York Daily News:
“I left the WSOP not broke but not far from it. 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 percent.
“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.”
Although now richer, Conniff remains humble.
“I’ve always played the nice guy, and try to be personable at the table. It’s genuinely not my goal to do that to make money. If you told me I could make more by being an a——, I wouldn’t do it.”
To celebrate, Conniff says he’s going to treat his family out to the vacation he skipped.