WSOP tournament streaker unfit to stand trial
Kenneth Strauss is declared mentally incompetent
Kenneth Strauss isn’t playing with a full deck, either at the poker table or away from it. The man who became famous for disrupting a WSOP tournament this summer was to have his day in court last Friday, but skipped out and has now been declared mentally unfit to stand trial. He has since been sent to a psychiatric hospital.
Strauss was participating in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event this past summer when he took a chance and moved all-in with a Q-6. He then proceeded to take off a shoe and throw it at an opponent before jumping on the table and taking down his pants. Thrown out of the tournament, and out of the Rio, he then went to the Luxor where he once again was busted for stripping.
After all the excitement had died down, Strauss ran into more trouble. A few weeks after his antics, he threatened to shoot up Las Vegas, which led to his latest run-in with the law. He had said in a tweet in July that “all casinos that have me banned will be destroyed effectively immediately,” and that was enough for police to decide to temporarily extricate him from society.
This latest incident was more serious than the previous ones, though, as he was charged with making threats and providing false information in relation to an act of terrorism. Indicted in August, he was to appear in court last Friday, but refused. Chief District Judge Bell decided that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial and, on the advice of a psychologist, had him committed to the mental institute.