There are enough unexpected events at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) that might be better described as the “Wild Series of Poker.”
This year’s no exception, having produced two moments in contention for The Top 10 Weirdest Things to Happen at the WSOP.
The moment pictured below is the No. 1 oddity so far this year. However, it’s not the top weird WSOP occurrence.
There’s still time for something even stranger to happen, though. The Main Event Day Final Table won’t occur until July 19. [Author note: Update regarding July 16 stampede is below.]
To find out what the current No. 1 moment is, read on. But first, let’s explain what’s happening in that picture, in case you missed it.
UPDATE: 07/17/2022 – Stampede
Poker players at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino heard what they thought were gunshots late last night. As WSOP gamblers rushed toward the room exits, several were injured in the stampede.
Player Vanessa Kade tweeted at 10:47 p.m. PT yesterday:
Being told some kids went around to 3 casinos and threw some fire crackers in (when we got to the parking garage there was a truck peeling out and they claim that that was them and that it’s safe to go back…
Nobody wants to go back in…
At 10:38 p.m. yesterday the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department‘s Twitter account read:
Reports of a shooting near the MGM tonight are unfounded. Initial reports are a glass door shattered causing a loud noise, which startled people in the valet area.
@CandraWagner3 replied to the police:
Then do not have security guards running yelling “active shooter” because that was scarier than glass breaking
Police haven’t tweeted updates since that 10:38 p.m. post.
However, at 10:50 p.m. yesterday, MGM Grand Hotel‘s Twitter account reported that all operations were continuing “as usual.”
A few hours before, Norwegian Espen Jorstad won the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event and a prize of $10 million. That event happened at the WSOP’s other venue, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
As for tournaments being played in the Paris ballroom just before the stampede, WSOP paused them and evacuated the room.
At 10:45 p.m. yesterday, Kevin Mathers tweeted from the WSOP account:
There does NOT appear to be an active shooter at Paris.
Beginning at 11:17 p.m. yesterday, WSOP tweeted gradual updates:
However, many players were already notifying WSOP they’d left the hotel.
At 12:35 a.m., WSOP tweeted: