Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Les Idiots Rob Paris Casino... Forget About WPT Event in Next Room

It's funny because it's true. There was a daylight robbery at the Aviation Club in Paris. Here's what happened:
It was daylight robbery at the casino, but it was the owners, not the players, who were relieved of their cash.

Two masked gunmen burst into the Aviation-Club de France casino on the Champs Elysees on Tuesday, ordered staff and players to lie on the floor and raided the tills. They then fled with 76,000 euros (50, 700 pounds) in a stolen refrigerated truck, police said.

The robbery failed to disrupt an international poker championship being staged at the casino -- for much higher stakes. Police said that at the time casino regulars were gambling and drinking during an interlude in the competition.

Over 200 poker players, half of them from the United States, have been meeting in Paris since Saturday for the Grand Prix de Poker de Paris, a competition on the World Poker Tour.

The competition resumed after the robbery and was set to end during the night, a casino spokeswoman said. The winner takes home between 600,000 and 700,000 euros -- nearly 10 times as much as the robbers got.

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