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Poker Player Robbed in Rio Parking Lot during WSOP Season

Tags: 2019 WSOP, Cinthia Maldonado, Joseph Salvaggi, Rio Hotel & Casino, robbery.
Posted on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 by "T".

A poker player who had just finished playing a game at the Rio Hotel & Casino says as he was about to leave the casino hotel's parking lot on Monday morning, July 1, he was shocked to find a man pointing a gun to his face.

Joseph Salvaggi shared his experience via Twitter, saying he saw a middle-aged white man parked in a red 4-door sedan. As Salvaggi was about to reach where his rental car was parked, the suspect wearing camouflage attire instantly jumped on him, shoved a gun in his face and demanded that he give to him his backpack filled with casino chips and cash worth thousands of dollars (some of it he won playing at the WSOP and the rest was his buy-in money for the Main Event).

 

 

He said, "I kind of froze for a second and he, again says, give me your bag and I handed it to him."

The only good thing here was that Salvaggi didn't get injured, but then he posted another tweet saying Las Vegas police told him he had actually been targeted and somebody followed him as he went out of the casino premises.

However, it looked like they were unsuccessful in tracking the thief down. Salvaggi said, "They're saying they can see a shadow of the altercation going down but not enough to get a plate or like an actual image."

The owners of the property, Caesars Entertainment, released the following statement:
"Caesars is working with Metro to investigate the theft claim this morning related to the WSOP tournament. Caesars does have extra security patrolling the parking garages during the tournament, and the following are additional steps many WSOP participants take to protect their money:

  • Ask for security escorts to parked car which will be provided without question
  • Utilize safe deposit boxes provided upon request to all participants
  • Utilize wire transfer and check options for payment
  • Choose tournament buy-in accounts, where funds can be left for summer

Metro police say they are reviewing the surveillance footage but they will not be releasing it at this time.


The 2019 WSOP kicked off on the final week of May and will end mid-July. The much-awaited $10,000 NLHE Main Event shall start today, July 3, 2019.

Salvaggi did not reveal online the exact amount he lost in the robbery, but he said he lost his "main event money" which we assume could range from $10,000 or more.

Source:
https://www.ktnv.com/news/crime/poker-player-claims-he-was-robbed-leaving-wsop-at-rio-hotel-casino

 


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12 comments for "Poker Player Robbed in Rio Parking Lot during WSOP Season"

 dule-vu7/3/2019 11:27:36 AM GMT
another story from america,where somebody get robbed after he left casino!I just wonder how there is not bigger security in front of such a big casino,especially when you know how much money your players can win in your casino!in this story good is that he wasnt injured,but still this is not normal situation!
 pajalnick7/3/2019 12:58:04 PM GMT
when you win some money in a casino You can order escort of security guards .... This person apparently neglected this and was eventually attacked in the parking lot .... I think the parking is being watched by video cameras and the offender will soon be caught .... But of course you need be very careful when you win money
 Mober7/4/2019 9:26:37 AM GMT
I didnt know for all these extra measures.
And the interesting thing is, that all participants, can ask for an escort to their
parked car. But i doubt that the escort is carrying a gun, so what good can come out in
a situation like that? Probably one more person with their hands up Smile
 CALICUL7/4/2019 11:23:09 AM GMT
At this point money does not matter anymore but it is very good that this player has escaped with life. Life is the most important thing and if the thief is caught the damage ( cazino chips and money ) can be recovered more quickly.
 copyyy2k7/4/2019 11:33:32 AM GMT
Sad to see someone doing something like that just for money but its common in every single country not just "USA".
They should for sure have better security and not let something like that ever happen again.
Hopefully police is gonna find that thief fast.
 Nightkid7/4/2019 11:43:28 AM GMT
Well I see no one is saved from robberies not even poker players or anyone hahaha but good is the sad reality, what I thought is that unless there is security in such places or even security cameras .. . Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
 CALICUL7/4/2019 12:08:22 PM GMT
If that player had a gun he could avoid this robbery on him. It's easy when you have a little friend to help you and you can save yourself from many unpleasant situations. Unfortunately, he was robbed but he escaped without being hurt and now he can hope to regain what he has lost.
 pajalnick7/4/2019 1:18:24 PM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
If that player had a gun he could avoid this robbery on him. It's easy when you have a little friend to help you and you can save yourself from many unpleasant situations. Unfortunately, he was robbed but he escaped without being hurt and now he can hope to regain what he has lost.

weapons are certainly good for protection, but sometimes it seems to me better to give money and leave than to try to oppose the criminal .... in the end It can end in very sad stories .... so it seems to me he did the right thing .... And he’s the money come back after a few days good games
 Mober7/5/2019 10:45:12 AM GMT
I agree also. It doesnt worth risking your life for the money.
You never know how they will react, if you try to fight them back.
And the casinos are easy target, from what we all know, and we have seen may stories like
that.
It is a place where many are leaving with their pockets full.
Not the best thing to do though. Just use some other method to get your money,
and just keep some small bills with you, just to make the robbers happy, if anything like
that happens Smile
 CALICUL7/5/2019 12:14:29 PM GMT
What do you do in the situation in which the thief has criminal thoughts? There are many sick people in this world and drug addicts who rob. Your life can always be in danger because they are drugged and paranoid. In this situation they become confused and it is very serious. A gun is a gun and can help when the situations are ,,hot''.
 bowie19847/7/2019 9:17:19 PM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
What do you do in the situation in which the thief has criminal thoughts? There are many sick people in this world and drug addicts who rob.

Healthy people could rob you too. Casinos are always places where you'd need to be more alert because all the money involved. He was smart for not putting up a fight, it might saved his life...
 CALICUL7/8/2019 12:50:58 PM GMT
It is good to have friends when you go to the casino but if you win good money you will have to honor your friends in the bar or with some girls. Smile Life is hard for some people and they attack you to rob you. This is not fair and even if we live in civilized countries, here often the jungle law works.

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