Throughout the year BLUFF.com brings the 2015 Online Player of the Year races for New Jersey and Nevada front and center with features on the players competing for top honor in online poker in the United States. Next up is Asher “AnthonyMason” Conniff.
While the last few weeks of New Jersey online action have been headlined by a few different players, with “smaulerg” vaulting himself to the top of the OPOY rankings and Daniel “centrfieldr” Lupo notching a handful of Sunday Major final tables over a two weeks stretch just to name a few, there might not have been a hotter player through the first month of 2015 than Asher “AnthonyMason” Conniff who perfectly blended a live and online schedule with huge success through the Garden State Super Series II and Borgata WPT Winter Poker Open.
That Borgata series boasted three massive guaranteed events, culminating with the $3,000,000 Guaranteed WPT WPO Championship and while Asher managed impressive cashes in both opening ‘Borgata Million’ events, he broke through for this first ever WPT cash in the championship event, making a deep run to notch a 20th place finish, good for a $15,000 score.
Asher’s WPO trifecta was only matched by another OPOY Contender, as Kevin “sofcknsick” Campbell also recorded scores in all three over $1,000,000 guaranteed WPO events but the virtual felt was where “AnthonyMason” set himself apart from both his live and online competitors.
During those WPO runs, Asher also managed to dominate that GSSS II series, winning two events outright and earning a handful of other final table finishes, which put him way out in front in the first OPOY rankings update in early February.
But, over the last few months, that gap has been closed and he’s been passed by a few players, as Asher hasn’t been able to dedicate as much time to his online play after moving out of his Brigantine, NJ house and relocating back home to Brooklyn.
The move has obviously had a negative effect on his OPOY standing but Asher has still found time to grind, calling himself a “weekend warrior” making trips to Atlantic City to visit friends and play online a few times a month and while there are some gaps in his results since the start of the year, he’s clearly making up for lost time this week, as he returned to the Borgata for the WPT Spring Poker Open and jumped back into the online action with a Daily $10,000 Guaranteed win on partypoker.com earlier this week.
He seems to have picked up where he left off in live tournaments as well, as he played the first starting flight of the WPT SPO $1,000,000 Guaranteed opening event, a tournament he qualified for online, and managed to bag up a top 25 stack out of over 850 entrants and will return to Thursday’s Day 2 session looking to making another deep run against a massive field.
He won’t be able to go for another Borgata trifecta though as Asher will spend much of the next two months traveling before making his way to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, where he’s seen some moderate success over the last few years.
Asher plans on traveling throughout Europe and has lined up his trip to run simultaneously with PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and will look to make his second ever WPT score as he plans to fire the WPT Amsterdam Main Event in early May.
He’ll enter that European excursion and Las Vegas trip with confidence about his game, making the claim that “no one has seen more hands than me over the last year” which is not only why he prefers the online grind to traveling the live circuit but also why many New Jersey players, himself included, are seeing increased success in bigger live events.
While the next few months may not move “AnthonyMason” back up the OPOY rankings as his time on the New Jersey sites will be limited, the best is likely yet to come for Asher, as he’ll be a player to watch throughout the summer as he looks to continue the red hot run he opened 2015 with abroad and at the WSOP.
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