Las Vegas Active Shooter Rumors Spark Panic; WSOP Impacted, Negreanu Injured
On Saturday night, Las Vegas was rocked by rumors of an active shooter situation at MGM Grand. Fortunately, it proved to be a false alarm, though the ramifications – including panic fueled by misinformation – reverberated throughout the Strip and even impacted the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally’s and Paris, which just hours before had crowned its Main Event champion.
What appeared to happen was an incident near the MGM was misinterpreted as gunshots, which understandably inspired patrons to flee en masse across the casino floor, including the MGM’s tournament poker area, in route to the nearest exit. There were also rumors, thus far unfounded, that firecrackers may have been set off.
At the same time, the Strip swelled with police and emergency personnel, and before long, false reports of an active shooter spread on social media and a chain reaction of panic saw patrons flee at venues such as ARIA, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Bally’s and Paris.
About 30 minutes after things started to snowball, the LVMDP took to Twitter to clarify the situation:
Reports of a shooting near the MGM tonight are unfounded. Initial reports are a glass door shattered causing a loud… https://t.co/ddk10j2m28— LVMPD (@LVMPD)
“It caused a loud bang, there was a subsequent panic, thinking it was possible gunfire given the nature of what’s been happening across the nation,” Metro Police Capt. Branden Clarkson said Sunday.
According to reports, the person responsible for breaking the glass was arrested and faces a charge of destruction of property.
What Happened at the WSOP?
The Las Vegas-wide incident, unfortunately, spread to the WSOP. When and how isn’t exactly known, but what is known is that several poker players took to social media sharing both concerns and warnings of an active shooter situation.
2009 WSOP champ Joe Cada weighed in on social media: “Most craziness night I ever experienced. Everyone running in panic, no one knowing what is going on, people getting trampled. I’ve never seen so many people running in fear, only caring about themselves, myself included. Everyone thought there was an active shooter. You really learn a lot about yourself and others in a panic situation.”
After players fled, the WSOP staff was left to take control of the situation. Security was on high alert as tournament officials had to decide what to do given there were overturned tables, jumbled chip stacks, and players no longer on the premises. Ultimately, play ended early in the three bracelet events – $5,000 No-Limit 8-handed, the $1,500 Closer, and $10K 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship – that had been playing out in the Paris Ballroom. Stacks were bagged with play resuming on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. continued play four-handed while the daily deepstack tournaments also resumed.
“We are proud of the staff in their response in restoring calm and aiding players caught up in a wave of panic and misinformation. We at the WSOP remain committed to high levels of security around the event,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart told PokerNews.
The WSOP wasn’t the only event impacted by the incident as many restaurants across the Strip saw patrons flee mid-meal, while a Cirque Du Soleil show was also canceled.
Negreanu and Others Injured
When rumors of an active shooter reached the WSOP many players either began to flee the tournament area or took cover wherever they could. During the ensuing stampede, several players sustained minor injuries including six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, who suffered a torn up right hand after falling to the ground. He even tweeted a graphic image of the injury before receiving medical treatment at the WSOP.
Negreanu further discussed his injury and the situation in his daily WSOP blog:
Yuval Bronshtein, who last fall won his second gold bracelet, suffered injuries to his face after being pushed up against a wall, while both Michael Trivett and Vanessa Kade hurt their knees after being knocked to the ground by a fleeing crowd. Additionally, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow injured his back, and Liv Boeree suffered a knee injury.
Several other poker players tweeted about minor injuries, broken glasses and cell phones, and perhaps the most damaging thing of all, having gone through a traumatic perceived life-threatening experience,
While it was fortunate not to be an active shooter situation, the misinformation and rumors inspired by the MGM rock-throwing incident will surely have a long-lasting impact on those who went through the experience.
@lipamiletti @sportstalkmatt @LasVegasLocally @VitalVegas @MGMGrand So I just left the @MGMGrand through the front… https://t.co/TrP5kuRXBS— D. Stamos/Helodriver (@SpacecoastPix)
Gun violence in the United States is an ongoing issue, and understandably many people are on edge. This may be especially true in Las Vegas, where the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place back in October 2017, not far from where Saturday’s incident occurred. Sixty people were killed and hundreds more injured when a gunman reigned gunfire down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music festival on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Since then, most venues and large gatherings, such as the World Series of Poker, have increased their security measures, including but not limited to more armed police personnel.
As of Sunday, it was back to business as usual on the Las Vegas Strip, including at the WSOP which is finishing its final day of regular play before the series-ending Tournament of Champions.
*Lead image courtesy of Joey Ingram.
In this Series
- 1 Officials Offer First Look at 2022 WSOP; Answer Several Lingering Questions
- 2 Bally's & Paris: Your Guide to the New Home of the World Series of Poker (WSOP)
- 3 Negreanu, Deeb (as Expected) Highest Bids in $25k WSOP Fantasy Draft
- 4 WSOP Transportation Guide: Riding the Las Vegas Strip Monorail
- 5 Let the Games Begin: 2022 WSOP is Officially Underway
- 6 Phil Hellmuth Misses 2022 WSOP Opener After Bout of Traveler's Diarrhea
- 7 Kenney, Schindler & Imsirovic Arrive at 2022 WSOP Despite Recent Cheating Allegations
- 8 Phil Ivey is Back! Poker G.O.A.T. Cashes First 2022 WSOP Event
- 9 Baltimore Raven Calais Campbell at WSOP: "We Have Super Bowl Potential"
- 10 2022 WSOP Featured Females: Katie Kopp Becomes Bally's First-Ever Bracelet Winner
- 11 WSOP Player of the Year Race One Week In: Defending Champ Arieh Off and Running
- 12 ClubGG Offers Bubble Protection For Eight 2022 WSOP Events
- 13 Doyle Brunson Skipping 2022 WSOP Due to COVID-19 Concerns
- 14 Retired NBA Star Paul Pierce Allegedly Won't Pay His Poker Debts
- 15 Scott Seiver Pays $43k to Enter $1k WSOP Event, Fails to Cash
- 16 2022 WSOP Featured Females: Lara Eisenberg Talks Poker's Impact on Dementia
- 17 2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Depaulo vs. Hellmuth, a Pure One Outer & a Royal Flush
- 18 Reigning World Champ Koray Aldemir Quietly Crushing it at 2022 WSOP
- 19 2022 WSOP Player of the Week 2: Jeremy Ausmus Wins Third Bracelet in 9 Months
- 20 Hellmuth Controversy at WSOP: Poker Brat's Chips Swiped on Break
- 21 Security Mistakenly Tries to Kick Out Neymar Jr. After He Cashes First WSOP Event
- 22 Breaking News: Phil Ivey Closing in on Elusive 11th WSOP Bracelet Tonight
- 23 Doyle Brunson Becomes a WPT Ambassador, Might Play WSOP Main Event
- 24 World Series of Daniel's? Zack, Weinman (But Not Negreanu) Lead POY Race
- 25 WSOP $250,000 Super High Roller Kicks Off; Ivey, Negreanu and Kenney All Enter
- 26 Ali Imsirovic Busts WSOP $250K Super High Roller on Brutal Cooler
- 27 Cruising in the $250k, Is 2022 One of Phil Ivey's Best WSOP's Ever?
- 28 Runner-Runner Bad Beat Tilts Negreanu; Poker Star Out of WSOP $250k
- 29 Navy Vet Reps Military Charity During WSOP Salute to Warriors Event
- 30 2022 WSOP Featured Females: Meet Wendeen Eolis, 1st Woman to Ever Cash Main Event
- 31 Dan Zack Still Leads WSOP POY Race; Ivey, Deeb within Striking Distance
- 32 888poker Pro Ian Simpson Gears Up for 2022 WSOP Main Event
- 33 Poker Players Who Have Defended Their WSOP Bracelet
- 34 How to Make Day 2 of the Million Dollar Bounty
- 35 Poker Player Wins WSOP Main Event Satty in His Sleep...Literally
- 36 Josh Arieh Flushed Out of WSOP Main Event Early; Four Past Champs in Day 1a
- 37 2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Yuvee Loses $50K to Pair of Deuces; Ivey Hits Ace from Space
- 38 BREAKING: Phil Hellmuth at 2022 WSOP $3,000 NLH Final Table, Chasing 17th Bracelet
- 39 Will the 2022 WSOP Main Event Smash the Attendance Record?
- 40 Barstool Sports' Cracking Aces Podcast Hosts Crush it on Main Event Day 1
- 41 WSOP Main Event Railbird Pays Back Daniel Negreanu Four-Year "Debt"
- 42 Matt Glantz Finds the $1 Million WSOP Bounty
- 43 BREAKING: WSOP Main Event Day 2 Schedule Altered
- 44 Aces Bust Kings 15 Minutes into Day 1b of WSOP Main Event
- 45 The Muck: Ike Haxton Takes on Barstool Sports' Poker Invasion
- 46 2022 WSOP Player of the Week 5: Jessica Teusl Wins First Bracelet at First WSOP
- 47 2022 WSOP Main Event Draws Massive Field, Almost Breaks All-Time Record
- 48 Phil Hellmuth's World Series of Poker Entrance Met w/ a Chorus of Boos
- 49 Robert Lipkin is the 2022 WSOP Main Event Bubble
- 50 SO SICK! Kings vs. Kings Cooler Busts 888poker's Sam Abernathy from the WSOP Main Event
- 51 Koray Aldemir: Back-to-Back WSOP Main Event Runs "A Privilege"
- 52 Brutal River! Aces, Queens, & Jacks All In Preflop in WSOP Main Event
- 53 Former World Champ Tom McEvoy Shares his Poker Samadhi Wisdom
- 54 Did Alejandro Lococo Pull Off Best WSOP Main Event Bluff Since Moneymaker?
- 55 The Muck: Did Mike Matusow Really Have a Blow Up in the WSOP Main Event?
- 56 Dan Zack Claims 2022 WSOP Player of the Year Honors
- 57 How Much Money Players at 2022 WSOP Main Event Final Table Really Made
- 58 Espen Jorstad Wins 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000
- 59 Las Vegas Active Shooter Rumors Spark Panic; WSOP Impacted, Negreanu Injured
- 60 Quads Dooms Asher Conniff at WSOP Main Event Final Table
- 61 Aces Cracked! Souki Busts from WSOP Main Event Final Table
- 62 Espen Jorstad Holds Commanding Lead in Pursuit of WSOP Main Event Title
- 63 Not Su's Day: From Chip Leader to Out in 9th Place
- 64 A Look at All the 2022 WSOP Online Michigan Bracelet Winners
- 65 Five Memorable Hands from the 2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table
- 66 Where Are They Now: Ron “The Carolina Express” Stanley Battled Stu Ungar at 1997 WSOP
- 67 WATCH: One of the Best Folds in WSOP Main Event History?
- 68 Adrian Attenborough Just Made Two of the Gutsiest Plays of the 2022 WSOP
- 69 Can Karim Rebei Click his Way to a WSOP Main Event Title?
- 70 Cool, Calm & Collected Efthymia Litsou is WSOP Main Event's Last Woman Standing
- 71 2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Quads, Quads, Quads, Quads!
- 72 Brutal River! Aces, Queens, & Jacks All In Preflop in WSOP Main Event
- 73 Daniel Negreanu Wraps 2022 World Series of Poker Down $1.1 Million
- 74 How the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Will Be Remembered
- 75 PN Podcast: 2022 WSOP Main Event Final Thoughts; Interviews w/ Main Event Final Three