Posts Tagged ‘robbery’

Theo Jorgensen is Latest Robbery in Poker Community

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

One topic that we’ve discussed a few times in the past is how more and more poker players seem to be getting robbed these days. And the trend culminated last year with the grisly beating/robbery of 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel.

Unfortunately, we witnessed another robbery that was just as grisly as Duhamel’s over the weekend. This time the victim was well-liked Danish grinder Theo Jorgensen, who had three masked criminals break into his Greve, Denmark home. They demanded money and the Dane forked over what amounted to $6,215 USD. However, the robbers were unhappy with this amount and one of them shot Jorgensen in the leg three times.

His wife, who’d witnessed the entire scene, called police immediately after the robbers took off. They arrived too late to catch the criminals, but Jorgensen was quickly driven to the hospital. He’s now recovering from the leg wounds and released the following Facebook message about the ordeal:

I know that the outsiders may have a mistaken idea of how much cash I have in my home. I have alarm systems installed, always so get cash lying as possible and generally taken my precautions. It has unfortunately proved not to be enough. I have it under (control) well, and right now I want to focus on taking care of my family, so we can get through this.

This is yet another unfortunate and scary robbery incident in the poker world. And we’d like to think that this would be the last poker robbery for a while. However, with the fame and perceived wealth that players like Jorgensen have, other grinders will likely be targeted in the future too.

Speaking of Jorgensen’s wealth, he’s collected $3,239,763 in live poker tournament cashes and has earned both WSOP and WPT titles. The Dane has also made millions of dollars playing both live and online cash games as well.

$1.5 Million Stolen From Bellagio…In Poker Chips!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Earlier this week the Bellagio Hotel & Casino was robbed when a gunman walked in and held a craps table at gunpoint. The gunman walked out of the casino with $1.5 million. The problem? He took $1.5 million in poker chips.

Now I don’t know if you’ve ever walked into a store and tried to pay for your groceries or a new pair of shoes with poker chips, but it’s just not the same thing as money at all! Basically, the robber got away with a whole pile of plastic. The chips were valued between $100 and $25,000 and the only way he’s going to get the money is if he actually shows his face in the Bellagio to cash in. If it was smaller-value chips it might be easier for him to sneak in or send in an accomplice to cash in for him. However, it will be a little bit suspicious if someone comes in to cash a pile of $25,000 chips when nobody has been winning that kind of money in the casino all night.

According to Las Vegas police, the robber at the Bellagio is suspected to be the same man who robbed the Suncoast poker room and got away with $20,000 in cash, which is still an impressive sum to steal from a casino. The very idea that he was able to walk out with $1.5 million (even if it was in chips) is impressive enough that a lot of gamblers are calling the heist “Ocean’s 14”. However, only time will tell if the thief will ever see a dollar of his stolen loot.

Playing Continues After Berlin Poker Heist

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Today in Berlin a group of robbers stormed a poker tournament, stealing up to $1.1 million in poker prize money. There were four robbers in total, all in disguise, and they were armed with handguns and machetes.

The tournament was taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the center of Berlin. When the robbers entered the building, players and spectators panicked and ran for the hotel’s exits. One witness was in shock, saying “An armed robbery in broad daylight in the heart of Berlin, at Germany’s biggest poker tournament! I just couldn’t believe my eyes!” He had watched as one of the robbers stuffed a bag full of 500 Euro notes while another robber pinned down a security guard.

Seven tournament-goers and a security guard were injured during the robbery. However, despite the large number of witnesses, the robbers escaped with what the BBC reported could be up to $1.1 million in tournament prize money. Security managed to get one bag full of money back from the robbers, but the escaped with the rest. It is unknown how much money that bag contained.

No arrests have been made, as of yet. However, the robbery was caught on tape and police are interviewing the witnesses and looking into the matter further, in hopes of catching the robbers.

My favorite part of this story is that the robbery didn’t put a stop to the tournament. A few hours after the robbery occurred the Main Event, Ladies Event and High Roller tournament resumed.