As per media reports and a quote shared by poker player Siddharth Siddharth, there was an active shooting on the Las Vegas Strip near MGM grand valet area. This Indian poker player who is based out of Florida told Gutshot Magazine about the incident. He added, “There was apparently shooting noise heard outside MGM/Aria Casino around 10:30 PM Vegas time, then suddenly there was a loud noise heard here at WSOP in Paris Ball Room, everyone freaked out, they started running and hiding under the tables.”
Ben Heath, British poker player and WSOP bracelet winner hiding under the table.
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department took to Twitter and posted that ‘Reports of a shooting near the MGM tonight as unfounded.”
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.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) July 17, 2022
He further added that he is staying at Paris Las Vegas and the hotel staff had asked them to stay silent. He also added that the WSOP had asked players to leave their player card and bag them early for the night so the game could continue tomorrow.” However, American pro Francis Anderson told Siddharth that he has returned to the casino again as the police has told them that everything is fine and apparently no one was harmed at the Paris’ poker room.
Anderson also added that it was crazy to see people falling on the ground and hiding under tables. Finnish poker player Patrik Antonius took to Instagram just two hours ago from Bellagio Las Vegas. Although the video showed a hotel room, the hotel security was stating over an intercom, “The situation at hand has been resolved. There was no active shooter and there is no emergency. Please resume normal activity.”
For Siddharth, this WSOP edition has been no lesser than a rollercoaster. Firstly, wsop.com wrongly reported that he was as the chip lead in the $10,000 buy-in World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event to now experiencing panic when at Bally’s and Paris. Siddharth has been actively grinding in the WSOP series.
Waiting for inputs from other Indian poker players who are at Las Vegas at the moment.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.