Poker player indicted over baffling WSOP antics
The player who stripped naked during the Main Event is facing terrorism charges
This past WSOP series was full of action, both at the tables and on top of them. A player, Ken Strauss, decided to jump on his table after placing a bet, stripped down and began dancing in his birthday suit for the crowd to see. That wasn’t all he did, though, continuing his wild routine in person and on social media. While all of his antics were baffling, one went a little too far and now has Strauss looking at charges for making a terroristic threat.
The 45-year-old is being held on $150,000 bail for “making threats or conveying false information concerning an act of terrorism.” During his tirade, he turned to social media and threatened to take down The Venetian, literally. Chief District Judge Linda Bell calls the allegations “extraordinarily concerning” and believes that Strauss needs to remain in jail, or possibly a loony bin, while he’s awaiting trial.
On July 27, the day Strauss decided to show more than his cards, he posted on Twitter, “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.”
That was enough for Vegas prosecutors to want to go after him, over concerns that he may pull a stunt like what was seen almost two years earlier that resulted in the death of 58 people at a music concert outside the Mandalay Bay. Chief Deputy District Attorney Pete Thunell asserts, “The state has concerns when you look inside the profile being similar to the October 1 profile.”
As far as his WSOP episode, no one ever found out if he had the winning hand before being disqualified and ejected.