Did Casino Heist Lead to WSOP Victory?

Speculation is high that a poker player who recently placed 11th in a World Series of Poker tournament was able to afford the buy in fee because he took part in a casino robbery several months ago.

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The case against 27 year old Troy Wilcoxon came to light after his arrest, together with another alleged accomplice, James Nollette, where the two are charged with burglary, theft and money laundering.  The pair  are accused of stealing money from the Lancer Lanes Casino in Clarkston, Washington where Wilcoxon worked. Over $25,000 was stolen in the casino heist.

The burglary was discovered on May 23rd, and there were no signs of forced entry. Authorities said that the crime was clearly committed by “someone that was somewhat familiar with the business.”

It is alleged that Wilcoxon owed debts totaling $15,000 and needed the cash to settle them.  A few days later, he allegedly hired a car together with Nollette and drove to Las Vegas, where entered the first competition in the 7 week tournament – a $500 buy in event earmarked for casino employees only.  Out of a field of nearly 900 players, Wilcolox placed 11th, earning him $5,000 in prize money.

Clarkston police Detective Richard Muszynski said that “there’s a good chance but we don’t know” that the money from the casino heist paid for Wilcoxon’s entry into the WSOP event, as well as an 8 night stay at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Vegas.

When the pair returned from their Vegas poker spree, Clarkston police were waiting to speak to them, and the police placed them both under arrest soon afterwards.  Wilcoxon apparently bragged about his WSOP win to detectives and implicated another casino dealer with the theft from his former place of employment.

Only $100 out of the $25,000 stolen from the casino have been found until now.

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