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Old 05-29-2014, 05:06 AM   #1
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Theft at the 2014 WSOP (Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel)

Once again there has been reports of allegedly stolen laptops at a poker tournament. Pokernews reports:

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After a series of tweets were issued by poker professionals during the start of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a potentially serious security situation at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino has come to light. During the last 24 hours, no less than three poker pros took to Twitter alleging that personal property – including laptops and large sums of money – were stolen from their hotel rooms overnight.

The first player to sound the alarm was Finnish pro Lauri Pesonen, who issued the following tweet at 8:52 p.m. local time Tuesday night:
Lauri Pesonen
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Both my and @Jouhkb's laptops stolen from our room at Rio. Everything else, wallets, ipads etc still here. EPT Barcelona again?
With much of the poker world still getting into the swing of the WSOP season, Pesonen's warning went relatively unnoticed overnight, but as the day dawned another poker player voiced his concerns with this cryptic message:
Manh Nguyen
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Did that really happen to me? Am I dreaming? Please wake up... Please wake up.
Just about six hours after wondering if he was dreaming, longtime circuit grinder Manh Nguyen let the rest of the poker community know his worst nightmare had indeed come true, confirming that another act of in-room theft had allegedly taken place:
Manh Nguyen
@MunMunny
Attention poker players: large sums of money has been stolen out of my room at rio last night.
Finally, nearly 15 hours after Pesonen's initial warning, fellow Finnish pro Joni Jouhkimainen also confirmed via Twitter that his belongings had been absconded with overnight:
Joni Jouhkimainen
@Jouhkb
Just found out that the guys also took our sanitary bags and sunglasses instead of iPad&wallets wtf . Whats wrong with this people
With the word out concerning security issues at the Rio, and poker's brightest stars in town with their bankrolls in tow, several players saw fit to retweet and reply to the trio who had allegedly been victimized by burglary. The list of those to offer their condolences, or attempt to seek a resolution, included Tristan Wade, Timothy Adams, D.J. MacKinnon, and Bryan Micon, with each expressing a combination of sympathy and concern.

With the Twitter-verse abuzz over allegations of theft from player rooms - the second such incident to take place in less than a year after the EPT Barcelona stop was marred by laptop intrusions - PokerNews reached out to Nguyen to find out his side of the story in more than 140 characters. Here's what he told us:
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.
With this story still developing PokerNews will continue to investigate, so check back Thursday for a full report on the theft allegations, including further details from the Finnish pros and any other publicly issued allegations from the player community.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:20 AM   #2
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oh snap
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:44 AM   #3
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I always feel and I hate to say it that when something like that happens....someone they were with was involved. Whether it be dropping a key for someone to pick up or who knows, and then being with that person so they wouldn't think you were involved. It's just too random that people don't seem to ransack a room they just happen to know exactly where the money is at. Poker players traveling and sharing rooms with people they've grinded with for only a yr or so just seems like a recipe for disaster imo. Brutal story and it's happened quite often that we hear about
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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Be good if we could get a text and/or email every time our door was opened. One way or another we should be able to verify if someone is in the room, be it ourselves, cleaning, or someone who doesn't belong.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:53 AM   #5
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crazy ****.. gotta be someone from the rio staff with access to keys and all, no?
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:54 AM   #6
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Why would a proffesional bring his online poker PC to a place were he can'tplay online.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:58 AM   #7
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no cameras in the Rio hallways, wtf?
I imagined there werent any cameras only in the rooms and toilets, after watching all the episodes of Las Vegas
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:01 AM   #8
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crazy ****.. gotta be someone from the rio staff with access to keys and all, no?
back in October i posted an article in one of the Barca-Laptop-Threads, but the trolls jumping on the Hate-PS-Bandwagon rolled over it

In Las Vegas, eye in the sky guards money, not guests

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[...] Las Vegas casinos some of the most closely-watched spaces in the world don't have video cameras in guest room hallways, [...]
There was even one guy, who robbed hotel rooms for 8 years

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[...] "The detective told us that the guy had a keycard made, and he was going from hotel to hotel," she said. "He had been doing this for the last eight years, so he obviously knew they didn't have cameras there." [...]
Source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013...ey-not-guests/


seriously ... it's 'easy' to get keycards and it's pretty easy to spot the rich poker-pros ... sure, it can be an insider job or a friend of a friend. But as long, as nvg tards just try to find a scape goat instead of getting rid of the problem, this will happen again and again
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:08 AM   #9
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this is disturbing
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:11 AM   #10
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I don't care about convenience, the RIO is a straight out dump. I would never stay there even if they comped the room. I have heard stories of bedbugs, obv lax security and they have done hardly any updating of the majority of their rooms in years.

Last year I had a friend and his wife staying there for a few days and security was practically non-existent. When I went to visit them I could go right up on the elevator up to any floor I wanted without having to show a room key. There were people running around the hallways and it just seemed like no one cared what went on on the floors. Total shame about what happened(I know Manh who is a really nice guy) but if it would happen in any of the casino hotels that place would top the list imo.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:18 AM   #11
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With the Twitter-verse abuzz over allegations of theft from player rooms - the second such incident to take place in less than a year after the EPT Barcelona stop was marred by laptop intrusions - PokerNews reached out to Nguyen to find out his side of the story in more than 140 characters. Here's what he told us:
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.
I realize OP is not the victim here, but in the case of that 35K theft...i guess i'd want to know for sure that the money was in their bags when they dropped it off. Seems far more likely that it was stolen at the airport, or somewhere else where their bags were out of their site. At the very least, Rio will have a record of when the room door was opened. It's a step up (one would hope?) from loleurope.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:24 AM   #12
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Just get a backpack and keep your cash on you at all times. Or get a box. The last thing I'm doing is allowing 35k to be stolen from me without any chance of protecting it.

Not saying I'd resist someone robbing me with a weapon but I can put myself in situations that can make something like this very unlikely
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:43 AM   #13
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In my experience the RIO doors don't shut well. Who ever is stealing doesn't sound like a "pro", might just be someone that wandered upon a door that didn't latch and decided to run in and grab valuables. The key log should tell the story.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:05 AM   #14
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Who would be dumb enough to leave large amounts of cash in a hotel room?
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:14 AM   #15
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I don't care about convenience, the RIO is a straight out dump. I would never stay there even if they comped the room. I have heard stories of bedbugs, obv lax security and they have done hardly any updating of the majority of their rooms in years.
+1, and the bedbugs are a personal experience there. The cost-cutting at the Rio, considering they host the WSOP there and charge premiums for rooms and food, is unconscionable.
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