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Professional Poker Player Faces Terrorism Charges after Threatening Las Vegas Casinos

Kenneth Strauss, 45, a poker player who recently came to public attention after getting himself kicked out from the WSOP main event due to inappropriate conduct, has been charged with one count of making threats or conveying false information concerning acts of terrorism. The report from the arrest, which took place on July 27, describes some disturbing behaviour from the accused prior to the apprehension.

July 27 Was a Strange Day from the Start

As it turns out, Strauss had a strange day before the police finally arrested him at the Trump International Hotel after 4 pm. In fact, he was first brought to the attention of police as early as 8:40 am. He was at the Red Rock Casino Resort at that point, allegedly trying to lure an 8-year-old boy from the pool to his hotel room. Despite his claims that he believed he recognized the boy as someone from Pittsburgh and was only telling him the number of his room so that he could meet up with his parents later, the resort chucked him out.
It turns out this was not Red Rock’s first incident with the man as he was previously found stalking a certain sports reporter because he was convinced it was his daughter from a relationship he had at when he was 11 years old.

The next time Strauss surfaced on that day was at 2:40 pm when he entered the Trump International Hotel to check in. Even though he told the personnel he was evicted from the Red Rock, he managed to complete the check in successfully.

However, less than half an hour later, he appeared at the Venetian, where by the looks of it he was registered as a guest as well. The police was notified because Strauss was reportedly threatening he would harm himself and everyone who came near him. By the time they arrived, he was gone, having taken a taxi back to the Trump International Hotel.

Strange Turned into Worrying

While most of his behaviour that day may seem peculiar, it was the tweets and messages he started posting later on that made the police approach him at the Trump International and arrest him. In those, he was threatening the Las Vegas casinos.

One of the tweets read

“Shootings are taking place all over Las Vegas. Please leave me alone @VenetianVegas I have no place to go currently. And all Casinos that have me banned will be destroyed effective immediately. And @Rio, get my belongings together immediately when @POTUS declares safe I’m going.” Another one simply said “You will DIE! #F[***]U @POTUS.” Yet another one stated “I’m happy our 13 year old is dead! Keep killing the Children! @POTUS.”

When police officers apprehended him at the Trump International around 4 pm that afternoon he deleted messages, contacts, and other data from his phone, and handed the phone to detectives claiming he did not know the password. He also insisted that the tweets were fake and he did not publish them. Nevertheless, considering all his actions and threatening behaviour the police arrested him and later indicted him with terrorism charges. His hearing is scheduled for 5th September.

Strauss Drew Attention with His “Wacky” Actions Before

Even though this last incident is certainly the most serious one so far, it is not the first time, Strauss acted so extravagantly he got himself in trouble. Earlier in the same month, he got disqualified and banned from the Rio Hotel and Casino when he pulled down his pants during the World Series of Poker Main Event.

He was also kicked out from the Luxor where he made a similar show on top of a craps table.

Source: https://calvinayre.com/2019/09/02/poker/las-vegas-poker-pro-indicted-on-charges-of-terrorism/

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Michaela Vavrusova

Michaela Vavrusova

Michaela is a freelance journalist, writer and a translator with passion for everything new. She has a university degree in Journalism and years of experience writing for various newspapers and magazines on a wide range of subjects. She takes her inspiration from travelling around the world discovering different cultures and lifestyles.

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