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Robbery Attempt Made at EPT Berlin

EPT, 2010-03-06, by Ozone

A rare piece of breaking news came through the poker world today when a group of masked robbers raided the cashier's cage in the venue where EPT Berlin is being held.

The PokerStars Blog had this to say:

"Following an incident a short while ago, please see this statement...

'An armed robbery by six men took place today at EPT Berlin. Nobody was seriously injured. We hope to re-start all events at 4pm local time. A police investigation is under way. If you have video footage or photographs that could help the police, please contact the EPT organizers as soon as possible.'"

The incident significantly disrupted the tournament, which is down to three tables. Chips on the featured table remained unaffected, but on the outer two tables, chips were scattered all over the table as players hastily fled the scene.

According to the PokerStars Blog, the incident disrupted play by about three hours. When play resumed, tournament director Thomas Kremser noticed that 200,000-300,000 chips were missing from the playing field. A decision was made to introduce the balance of missing chips back in play.

German pro Johannes Strassmann posted this on his Facebook page, "Busted out in the tournament. Got 23rd. Lost AQ vs 99 for a 1,2million pot. Afterwards something totally unexpected happened. Was right at the cashier when a robbery happenend, can't say anything more about it, but fortunately nobody got hurt !!!"

A glimpse of the chaos that ensued when the robbers entered the building can be seen at the start of this YouTube video.

With 17 players remaining in the tournament, American Kevin MacPhee has a commanding chip lead. First place in the tournament is €1,000,000.

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