SOURCE: European Poker Tour

European Poker Tour

March 08, 2010 14:01 ET

Official European Poker Tour Statement

BERLIN--(Marketwire - March 8, 2010) -  On Saturday, March 6th at approximately 2.15pm CET, an armed robbery took place at the European Poker Tour (EPT) event in Berlin. Four armed men were involved in the robbery, which targeted the tournament registration desk outside the tournament area. No shots were fired and nobody was seriously injured.

The suspects quickly fled after a security guard intervened, and they currently remain at-large. The police investigation so far has shown that the suspects had a handgun and a machete. Contrary to tabloid reports, no Kalashnikov assault rifles or hand grenades were used. The suspects did not enter the tournament area and, according to the police, the offenders made off with approximately 200,000 Euro.

The tournament resumed after a few hours and the 1 million Euro first prize was won on Sunday by Kevin MacPhee, a 29-year-old American from Idaho. The tournament took place on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Marlene-Dietrich-Platz and was held by SPIELBANK Berlin Casino.

The police are working closely with the EPT and SPIELBANK Berlin to capture the suspects and are asking anyone who has information, video footage or photographs that might aid the investigation to contact them at:

The police president of Berlin
Police Press Office
Platz der Luftbrücke 6
12101 Berlin
Email: pressedienst@polizei.berlin.de

The next event for the tour is the EPT Snowfest at the Alpine Palace in Austria from March 21-26. The EPT maintains the strict security standards and collaborates closely with the local tournament organizers to insure the safety of their players. Because of the events of Saturday the EPT will enhance security measures at all future events.

Contact Information

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