April 12th, 2010 by Sammy
It can be considered one for the books since we rarely see danger in a poker tournament. Recently, robbers armed with hand guns and machete raided a poker tournament in Berlin taking away a big chunk of the price money for the million euro tournament.
The spokesperson of the poker tournament relayed that the armed men stormed into the Grand Hyatt in Berlin where the poker games are being held. They threatened the staff and caused a bit of a panic. The robbers ordered the poker tourney staff to give them the money.
Good thing no one was seriously injured but seven people were hurt. Among those who needed medical attention was a security guard who tried to stop one of the bad guys.
According to a police report, the panic in the area cost the robbers one bag of their loot. The closed circuit television of the venue was able to capture scuffle. Poker tables were turned, players trying to hide under the tables, and people running all around.
The heist took about 10 minutes and witnesses commend the security staff for acting “very bravely” against the robbers armed with Kalashnikovs. There was no official report about the amount of money taken but a local press said that the raiders were able to get away with about $1.1 million, some of them belonging to Sven of Sven’s Tight Poker Tips.
The European Poker Tour (not the World Poker Tour!), the organizer of the event, is calling on anyone who may have videos or photos of the incident to turn it over to the police.