One of the most respected members of the online poker community, Greg Raymer, winner of the World Series of Poker main event in 2004, has allegedly been arrested for being involved in a prostitute ring. A number of media outlets have reported on the arrest which took place at hotel in Wake Forest, North Carolina. According to ABC Local, an undercover police operation posted advertisements for prostitution services, and Raymer was one of six men to respond. He was arrested by the authorities and faces misdemeanor charges and “attempted crimes against nature.” Bond was set and met at $1,000 for each man.
A statement issued by Raymers attorney after the incident read:
“Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment. He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends and fans. Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.”
North Carolina police have recently stepped up their efforts to arrest men seeking out prostitution services, and posted an ad on a website which is regularly frequented by local men looking for prostitutes. “The locations prostitutes choose for this type of criminal activity vary and seldom remain the same for more than a couple of days at a time which makes enforcement difficult,” said the Chief of Police, Jeff Leonard in a statement.
In his 2004 WSOP victory, Raymer pocketed over $5 million. A year later, he finished 25th place in the 2005 World Event, earning himself another $304,000.
Raymer’s life has not been without drama: In 2004, he was robbed at gunpoint in his suite in the Bellagio hotel but managed to hold the robbers off until the police arrived on the scene to arrest them.
Raymer is best known for wearing lizard eyed glasses around the poker table.