Players Targeted By Hotel Theft at WSOP
The World Series of Poker is usually a time of excitement for the thousands of players that make their way to Las Vegas every year, though it seems that this one has not been as enjoyable for every player that has attended so far.
Players have reported thefts from their hotel rooms at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino that is again hosting the event.
Well know Finnish poker professionals Lauri Pesonen and Joni Jouhkimainen have both tweeted recently that they have had their laptops stolen from the room they were sharing at the hotel and casino. They also claimed that although they also had ipads and wallets in the room that the thieves opted to take their sunglasses and sanitary bags instead.
Another high profile player has also reported a theft at the hotel and casino. Manh Nguyen tweeted a warning to other players after he had $35k taken from his hotel room whilst he went out for dinner.
He claimed that he booked into the hotel and casino on the 27th of May at around 6.30pm with his good friend and fellow player Jimmy Chen. They simply chucked their bags into the room and went straight out to have some dinner. When they returned they noticed that a sum of $35,000 had been taken from their backpacks whilst they were gone.
He claims that they are lucky that they had different amounts of money stashed in different places in their luggage, so they have not lost everything. He claimed that the room was not in a mess and It seems that the thieves went straight for the backpacks and did not look anywhere else.
What is quite staggering is that the hotel does not have any CCTV in the hallways and just the elevators, which means that despite calling the police there seems little that can be done.
We hope that these instances are where this current trend ends but as it is just the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker, we do not hold out too much hope. This is not the first time that big poker events have been targeted either, just last year at the EPT Barcelona there were a number of reports of thefts from the players hotel rooms.
Poker players will always carry large amounts of cash around, simply because they will be buying into many events off the cuff and taking part in the many cash games at the series too.
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