Deja-vu For Ohio Poker Player Robbed Twice In Six MonthsOctober 28, 2009 8:46 am
It was deja-vu for one unfortunate player at a Cleveland poker game on Monday as he found himself once more staring down the barrel of a gun whilst being parted of his poker bankroll. The player commented: “I thought, ‘Here we go again.’ It’s been quite the months I’m having.”
The robbery takes place six months after a friendly” poker game in Solon was robbed of $78,000 worth of cash and jewelry by a gang of men holding rifles, a shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol. The unlucky poker player from that incident was also present at this robbery.
Monday’s Cleveland game was organised via a website for local players and it may have been this advertisement which alerted the robbers to their opportunity. The meetup.com website includes a ‘Cleveland Poker Meetup Group’ page and many of the participants know and play with each other quite regularly.
The incident took place around 11:20 p.m. when two armed men caught one of the players having a cigarette outside the Lake Avenue apartment where the game was being held. They then pointed a gun at his head and forced him to take them inside where they ordered the seven poker players to undress and lay on the floor.
“Everybody is close knit,” one of the victims said. “We’ve all played together at one time or another. We were stripped down to our underwear.”
All their clothes and $11,000 of money were then thrown into two bags the robbers had brought with them. They were then taken to the kitchen and were sprayed with pepper spray before the robbers made good their escape, dumping the victims’ clothes on the Shoreway on their way.
In Ohio holding card games is not against the law providing the organiser doesn’t charge for the event. The incident is now under investigation and a Cleveland police spokeswoman said they were unaware of other games being crashed by robbers that night.
Regarding the Solon robbery which took place on April 17th, seven men have since been arrested and face charges including kidnapping and aggravated robbery.