A World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Poker dealer has tragically died after being run over by a vehicle in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Richard Turnbull was crossing the street on Thursday night when he was hit by a 1996 Honda Civic. It is believed the 30-year-old driver of the car, who was uninjured, stopped at the scene and waited for authorities to arrive.
A resident of Reno, a city around 550 kilometres north west of Las Vegas, the 86-year-old Turnbull was the oldest dealer at the WSOP. Turnbull had worked as a dealer for over 38 years and dealt cards in every WSOP event since 2007.
A WSOP spokesperson said expressed its sadness at Turnbull’s tragic passing and highlighted his well-deserved reputation as an excellent dealer and personality.
“We’re devastated to hear one of the WSOP’s own is no longer with us,” the spokesperson said. “Richard Turnbull has been dealing poker for 38 years, has been an American hero serving his country as part of the Navy in World War II and was emblematic of all that is good. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family.”
The Twitter account for the WSOP’s Dealers also paid tribute to Turnbull upon hearing the sad news, tweeting “It’s a sad day for poker. RIP Richard Turnbull. You will be missed by your fellow dealers and the poker community.”
Turnbull began his career as a dealer back in 1976, when he started dealing in poker games at the Fremont Casino and the Aladdin in Las Vegas. A few years later, he moved to Reno and managed the poker room at the Downtown Reno Hilton Casino for three years.
Before joining the WSOP, Turnbull dealt at the Super Bowl of Poker for a number of years, where he continued to carve his niche and solidify his reputation as a poker dealer. Richard Turnbull is survived by five children and a number of grandchildren.