Borgata Poker Winner Dougher Arrested for Bank Robbery Spree

Borgata Poker Winner Dougher Arrested for Bank Robbery SpreeThomas Dougher, a criminal who in the past has enjoyed a measure of success playing poker, has been arrested by police in connection with a string of bank robberies carried out across the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The 41 year-old was apprehended at 11:30 a.m on Friday at the Quality Inn in Pleasantville, New Jersey after the silver Mazda 6 which he stole to use in the robberies was spotted by Pleasantville police in the parking garage of Caesars Atlantic City.
Back in 2010, Dougher was released from prison after spending three years behind bars for committing 11 robberies across six counties. Dougher didn’t even use a mask to hide his features during the crimes and was subsequently arrested at a Virginia hotel in June 2007.
Following his release, Dougher found some success playing online poker and according to the Borgata Poker BlogĀ  would average between 12-15 tournaments each day on New Jersey’s regulated sites. In July 2015, however, he decided give the $400 buy-in Borgata Summer Open Deepstack live tournament in Atlantic City a go, eventually managing to overcome a 2,525 player field to claim the title, and a first place prize of $149,127. Since then, Dougher recored just a further two live cashes worth $2,851, with his most recent in September of 2016.
During his recent multiple bank robbery spree, Thomas Dougher once again wore no mask, with a photo of him subsequently being shown on breaking news. Following his recent arrest, Pleasantville Police Capt. Matt Hartman praised the close collaboration between the various authorities in apprehending Dougher, stating:
“The successful cooperative investigation and uneventful arrest of Dougher, who previously served prison time for 11 robberies in 2007, is a testament to the importance of interaction between all levels of law enforcement from local to federal to achieve a common goal.”
Just like people from all walks of life, poker players, too, sometimes fall upon the wrong side of the law, with a recent example provided by New Zealand pro Shane Tamihana who a few weeks back was arrested for being a methamphetamine dealer.


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