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WSOP Player Allegedly Funded Buy-in from Casino Heist

A casino employee in the state of Washington allegedly stole $25,000 from his workplace with a friend and used the cash to rent a car and drive to Las Vegas, where the pair are believed to have stayed at the Rio and compete in WSOP tournaments.

Troy Wilcoxon, the 27-year-old casino employee, arrived in time for Event #1, the $500 buy-in Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em. A total of 898 players bought in to the annual opening event, bringing the prize pool to $404,100. Wilcoxon’s poker skills among his peers was good for an 11th place finish and $5,010.

But Lancer Lanes Casino officials in Clarkston, Washington were wise to the scheme, realizing that the theft was an inside job. Wilcoxon and his buddy, James Nolette, were arrested after arriving back in Washington. According to The Columbian, Wilcoxon apparently boasted about his winnings to the arresting police officers, but denied stealing the dough.

The heist occurred on May 23 and the 44th annual WSOP began on May 29. The pair face theft, burglary and money laundering allegations and are expected to face a judge in a matter of days after bailing out.


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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.