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Poker Tournament Robbed on Live TV

Mar 6, 2010 – 2:03 PM
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Tom Ziller

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I'm no Butch Cassidy, but I have a pretty solid theory as to which circumstances are most likely to be in place upon an armed robbery: lots of cash and/or lax security. Banks fit the former, convenience stories the latter.

But where does, say, a poker tournament fit in? Organizers of the European Poker Tour event in Berlin found out this afternoon, as six men armed with machine guns reportedly waltzed into the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt, where card players were competing for large sums of cash. The gunmen apparently made off with one million Euros.

As for the security? Were there cameras or anything?

Well, there was a TV crew. Because the tournament was being broadcast on television. Live.

Here's the footage of the, erm, interruption:

The tour's promoter, PokerStars, released a statement confirming the robbery and asking for the public's help in finding the robbers, who remain at large. You wonder if the enterprising criminals had any idea the event was being televised. Either way, maybe we should stop keeping millions of dollars on hand at highly publicized events. I'm sure the winner would be happy to take a check.

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