Winning the WSOP Circuit Ring Under Bizarre Conditions

Posted by Ashish Ahuja on 2022-09-06 at 5:08 PM
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Hi friends,

It`s been some time since I last blogged since I was busy travelling and went to Mexico after WSOP to chill for a few weeks.

In this blog, I want to talk about the WSOP Circuit Ring I won online on while in Las Vegas for the 2022 WSOP. It was one of the most bizarrely-amazing experiences that I ever had playing poker!

All of this happened around the end of the WSOP. The Closer event at the WSOP was going on, and I was simultaneously playing the WSOP Circuit online event on my phone.

I was on the event’s final table with a decent stack. Probably four out of eight players. But my stack was pretty decent compared to the second and third guys. At this point, I saw four or five people running, and one fell down, seeing as some people started laughing. I was trying to grasp the situation when suddenly, I saw hundreds of people running in my direction while shouting. When I heard someone say, “just some armed guy outside the room and trying to enter,” that was when everyone panicked. Everyone just started running in the same direction.

People just pushed others over, trying to escape. I just held onto my phone and left everything else. My bag had everything: my passport, my cash, and everything. I just left everything on the table because there was no time to pick things up. I started running, trying to get out of the cardroom. While all this commotion was on, I was still playing the circuit event, and poof, the WiFi signal suddenly dipped, and I started getting disconnected.

Somehow, I tried connecting to a different WiFi so I could keep playing the event’s final table because that really mattered a lot to me. Everyone dreams of getting a gold bracelet, but the circuit is the second-best thing you can win, if not the bracelet, right?

I was trying to stay focused in the middle of all this chaos. I was playing on the phone while standing in the back alley of the Valley’s Casino when I realized that things were safe. At this point, the event was down to the last three players. I played my best in the middle of all this mess.

And I finally got to ship that event, which gave me immense pleasure because it’s an achievement, right? I was in the middle of an apparent life-or-death situation. People play such events easily on their laptops from the comfort of their homes, and I played this while running, trying to save my life, and I probably got rewarded for it. It’s a bittersweet story – like I got rewarded for all the hassle I had to go through.

This was super traumatic for everyone. Muskan (Muskan Sethi), who was on my table as well, was taken aback by the incident, and when I met her, after like 30-40 minutes, she was out of her wits. She even tried to help someone who fell down during the unrest but to no avail due to the enormous crowd. I saw many people on my table and in the room who had bruised knees, broken ankles, or some other injury after coming back. A lot of people got injured because of the stampede.

When people were in shock and trauma because of the incident, I hardly felt anything at that moment because my adrenaline spiked after winning the WSOP Circuit ring. I honestly didn’t feel the gravity of this incident at that moment because I repeatedly tried to reconnect my phone to WiFi.

After all, WOSP required all the Circuit online event players to play only using the Nevada location, so I had to be on the WiFi to play that event. I tried to hide somewhere, even in a cupboard, trying to reconnect to the WiFi, as I kept getting timed out and again. Maybe my focus on trying to connect to the WiFi allowed me to stay aloof from the fact that there was a potential shooter outside the casino.

But as they say, all`s well that ends well. I am just happy that no one got seriously injured or worse, and I got to bring home a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

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