Asher Conniff, after accidentally registering for a big buy-in Atlantic City poker tournament, walked away a winner last week with the top prize of $973,000.
The windfall from the World Poker Tour’s $15,000 buy-in championship helped give relief his mom’s slightly ruffled feathers after the glitch forced him to miss a scheduled family
“She wasn’t too upset,” said Conniff after his win at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “She was happy I was going to play and she’s super-ecstatic now.” Conniff, 25, was coming off the biggest score of his career — a $203,000 jackpot on April 20 in the opening event of the Borgata’s Spring Poker Open.
Some days later, he was about to play a $1,000 high-roller event on Borgata’s online poker room — only to mistakenly misclick. Conniff signed up instead for a $1,600 satellite preliminary round of the $15,000 live main event scheduled for the following day at the Borgata.
The guy suddenly realized his mistake, but the casino said he was out of luck.
Not for long, though.
He won the satellite and a seat into the prestigious championship.
The 25-year-old poker ace is swimming in cash.
As Conniff navigated his way through the star-studded, 239-player field, word of his misclick spread through the Borgata poker room. Surely, it was destiny that he would win it all?
“It’s funny because normally you’d say that,” he said. “But I had literally just won a 2,400-person field tournament — my luck had to run out sooner or later.”
That didn’t happen at the Borgata.
On Wednesday, Conniff came up aces to dominate the six-man final table featuring Tony Dunst, Brian Yoon, Carlos Mortensen, Ray Qartomy and eventual runner-up, Alexander Lakhov — each with more than $1.5 million in career winnings. He faced almost no adversity in eliminating his final five opponents in a little under five hours.
Prior to his $200,000 score, Conniff had only won $188,000 in career winnings, but after last summer’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, he rededicated himself to the game.
“I left the WSOP not broke but not far from it,” Conniff said. “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.”
Conniff had seemingly all of the Borgata on his rail, supporting him.
“I’ve always played the nice guy, and try to be personable at the table,” he said. “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.”
Matt Stout, a poker pro who, with more than $3 million in career tournament winnings, lost to Conniff in the opening event of the series provided commentary for the World Poker Tour’s live stream during his final table win.
“It’s easy to go years of playing well and not getting what you deserve,” Stout said. “Asher for sure got what he deserves. I’m so happy for that kid.”
For an encore, he’s going to treat his family to the vacation he missed. And then?
“Gonna win three (World Series of Poker) bracelets and the Main Event,” he joked.