There was quite the scene at Horseshoe Las Vegas on Friday night as a “small” fire broke out at the home of the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
According to local news reports, a fire broke out on the 19th floor of the Horseshoe Las Vegas hotel that caused part of the Las Vegas Strip to shut down as firefighters contained the blaze. In fact, it was reported that 20 fire vehicles and engines, as well as 76 fire personnel, responded to the scene.
“Sprinklers were activated which kept the fire contained to a small area, and crews extinguished the remainder of the burning material,” Clark County Fire Deputy Chief Billy Samuels stated in a news release.
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While some people requested medical attention at the scene, no serious injuries were reported, and thankfully no one needed to go to the hospital.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no dollar loss amount has been determined,” Samuels added.
It was a scary situation, however, as the property has experienced a major fire disaster in the past. Back in 1980, when the venue was MGM Grand, it was the site of the deadliest fire in Las Vegas history as 85 victims lost their lives.
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It Wasn’t Hellmuth
Back in 2021, 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth was at a WSOP final table when he lost a big hand and had a patented meltdown when he controversially said, “I think I’m gonna burn this f***ing place down if I don’t win this f***ing tournament.”
So, is it possible the “Poker Brat” actually followed through?
The answer is unequivocally no as he was at Hustler Casino Live (HCL) in California losing two buy-ins, while the fire took place at Horseshoe Las Vegas, not the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino where Hellmuth previously made his “threat.”
Still, probably best not to say such things in the future.
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