The World Series of Poker has just started in Las Vegas and as always the city is full of poker pros and amateur players trying to win some serious money playing tournaments and cash games. For some poker players however, the start of the WSOP has not been very good as they have had their hotel rooms robbed while they were out playing poker, Pokernews.com reports.
The Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino hosts many poker players in these days and for Lauri Pesonen, Joni Jouhkimainen and Manh Nguyen they probably wish they would have chosen differently. It all started when Lauri Pesonen posted a tweet on Twitter where he wrote that his room had been robbed and that the thiefs had stolen his and his roommates laptops:
Both my and @Jouhkb's laptops stolen from our room at Rio. Everything else, wallets, ipads etc still here. EPT Barcelona again?— Lauri Pesonen (@oopinlare) May 28, 2014
Due to the theft of the Laptops, Pesonen instantly thought of the incident where Finnish poker pro Jens "Jeans" Kyllönen had his laptop stolen from his room, only to discover it had been returned while he was in the reception to report the theft. In his case malicious files were installed on his computer, but in Pesonen's case, the laptops never returned.
Some hours later Manh Nguyen also posted a tweet warning players about the Rio Casino, as he had a large amount of money stolen from his room the same night:
Attention poker players: large sums of money has been stolen out of my room at rio last night.— Manh Nguyen (@MunMunny) May 29, 2014
Finally Joni Jouhkimainen (Pesonen's roommate) also tweeted, where he noted that the thiefs had stolen their sanitary bags and sunglasses instead of their iPads and wallets:
Just found out that the guys also took our sanitary bags and sunglasses instead of iPad&wallets wtf . Whats wrong with this people— Joni Jouhkimainen (@Jouhkb) May 28, 2014
As always the poker community reacted fast and a massive retweeting campaign began, as well as some deciding to start tweeting towards the Rio Casino, asking for answers in the case:
@RioVegas What actions are being taken to prevent more stolen property? Hearing lots if stories of money & items stolen out of rooms?— Elisa Guy Scroggins (@elisa_guy) May 29, 2014
Pokernews.com reached out to Nguyen in order to get a full statement from the player regarding the theft from his room:
"I came to the Rio for the WSOP with my friend Jimmy Chen. He's a PLO cash game grinder. Jimmy and I checked into the Rio on May 27 around 6:30 p.m. We came to the room and dropped our bags off and went to dinner. When we got back to our room a total of $35,000 had been taken out of our bags. We got back to the room around midnight. Luckily we didn't have all of our money in one spot so all of it wasn't taken. It didn't look like they went through any of my other stuff. Nothing else was taken. Room was not messy almost as if they knew to check the backpacks. I called the police and Rio security and filed a report. I find out that there are no security cameras in the Rio hallways, only in the elevators, and that we are just basically screwed."
It seems that poker players are becoming a target for criminals who knows that they keep money and other high-end valuables in the rooms.