Mayhem at the WSOP after Reports of an Active Shooter on the Las Vegas Strip

Mayhem at the WSOP after Reports of an Active Shooter on the Las Vegas Strip

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A mass panic that caused injuries to several poker players rolled through Las Vegas Strip casinos Saturday night after the sound of a window breaking was mistaken for the gunshots of an active shooter.

The poker room at Paris Casino in Las Vegas after a false active shooter warning. (Image: Joey Ingram/Twitter)

Las Vegas Police say a window was shattered by rocks in the valet area of the MGM Grand caused the panic to ripple through casinos all over the Strip, including the home of the World Series of Poker, Bally’s and Paris, where poker tables were overturned and people were trampled trying to escape what was a false alarm. 

According to my Twitter feed, this wave of panic rolled from Excalibur through every casino along the way to Ballys. That’s through more than 10 properties! That’s insane.

— Remko Rinkema (@RemkoRinkema) July 17, 2022

Poker players who were in WSOP events and cash games at Bally’s and Paris casinos were told to evacuate around 10:45 p.m. PT, and apparently few did it orderly as word spread of a possible active shooter. The WSOP Main Event had finished only a couple of hours before.

This is @Kevmath, players have been told to clear the tournament area.

No update at this moment about the status of tournaments that were happening.

There does NOT appear to be an active shooter at Paris.

— WSOP (@WSOP) July 17, 2022

This is a professional and calm way to say full stampede of people running full sprint towards exits away from possible active shooter so now the WSOP room is empty

— Rampage (@rampagepoker) July 17, 2022

Daniel Negreanu was one of the players hurt during the stampede, getting a nasty cut on the palm of his hand he said was caused by being “trampled preflop.” Warning: gore.

How my WSOP ended…

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 17, 2022

Trampled preflop

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 17, 2022

WSOP Circuit ring winner Michael Trivett was also one of the people injured at Paris. 

Was walking out of Paris as people started running screaming shots fired and fell and got trampled. That’s GG for me see y’all next year

— Michael Trivett (@mtrivettpoker) July 17, 2022

Announcer and poker player Vanessa Kade said she fell down and was being stepped on by people who thought they were running away from a murderer with a gun. She later thanked poker player Eddy Sabat for helping her back to her feet and away from the crowd. 

Brown haired guy in grey was @EddySabat, who pointed out I couldn’t stand up because people kept stepping on me, so he stopped and turned around (theoretically risking his own life) to block people from trampling me so I could get up.

— Vanessa Kade (@VanessaKade) July 17, 2022

Pro player and announcer Maria Ho witnessed the melee, reporting she saw people running over each other in terrified panic. From a now-deleted Tweet.

The saddest part of what I experienced tonight with the false alarm active shooter at the #WSOP where I saw people getting trampled running for their lives is that this was an unfathomable reality for others all across America-places like #Uvalde and #SandyHook weren’t so lucky.

— Maria Ho (@MariaHo) July 17, 2022

The shouts of “shooter” made it all the way to the poker room at the Bellagio, almost a mile from the broken window. Players either took off or dove under the tables, leaving their chips, cards, and hands in stasis. Sorel Mizzi was there.

Reports of shooting in Vegas from Bellagio, MGM and Paris. All false alarms so far. Very strange timing. Coordinated prank?

— Sorel Mizzi (@sorelmizzi) July 17, 2022

In 2017, Las Vegas was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in United States history when 58 people were killed and 850 wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival by a man with a high-powered assault rifle who used a room on the 32nd floor in the Mandalay Bay as a snipers crow’s nest.

People are also surely on edge because of two mass shootings that recently took place in the US.

On July 4, eight people were killed at a parade in Highland Park, Ill., after a man opened fire from a rooftop. And on May 24, 19 elementary students and two teachers were murdered by a teenager with an assault rifle at a school in Ulvade, Tex.

This turned out to be a mass panic caused by a glass door shattering at MGM.

America has full-blown PTSD, and it’s both extremely sad and extremely angering.

— Remko Rinkema (@RemkoRinkema) July 17, 2022

WSOP events delayed

The mass panic caused three WSOP bracelet events to be paused until today: $5k No-Limit 8-handed, the $1,500 Closer, and $10K 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

The final table of the $3K HORSE continued to play four-handed, but was paused with three players after a 10-hour day. It will conclude today. 

The 9 p.m. $400 Daily Deepstack tourney also continued, but players who were sitting at one of the tables that was turned over, table 161, were eligible for a refund.

The last open bracelet event of the Series, the $1,000 Super Turbo, also began today, with the Tournament of Champions scheduled to start tomorrow.

The alleged rocks that caused tonight’s Stripwide freak-out.

— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) July 17, 2022

The stampede in question… at first security was telling people to get out and saw them arrest someone (who looked like a drunk)

— ToD 🇺🇦 (@YoanMerlo) July 17, 2022

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Bob Pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn’t like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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