EPT Berlin poker tournament robbed

Posted by Gerry Poltorak on Mar 07, 2010 Posted in EPT News | No Comments »

There have been conflicting reports regarding the daring heist that took place on Saturday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin. Anywhere from four to six masked gunmen are said to have stormed the hotel in search of the tournament’s prize-pool.

There has been no official word on the amount taken, but some reports have said the gunmen made off with a reported $800,000. Authorities stated that the robbers lost one of the bags of money they had taken, containing a sizeable portion of the haul, and then fled the scene.

Witnesses have reported the men were armed with machine guns, machetes, and hand grenades, but no shots were fired and only minor injuries occurred during the panic. Fortunately, the tournament had played down to about 20 players on Saturday, whereas there were upwards of 400 participants on other days.

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