Berlin Grand Hyatt Hotel Poker Tournament Robbed by German Gang

by Alister POOLE on March 8, 2010

A group of armed robbers raided the Grand Hyatt hotel in central Berlin on Saturday at around 1:30pm GMT. The hotel had been hosting a poker tournament, which started on Wednesday and is organized by the European Poker Tour.

According to reports, the robbery is thought to have been an attack from a German gang - 4 men and 2 lookouts who were armed with hand grenades and assault rifles. Some witnesses even claim that they had machetes. Police spokesman Carsten Mueller described the robbers as cloaked, while spokeswoman Heidi Vogt said that they were masked as well. They didn’t say how much the jackpot was that the robbers got away with, but the organizer’s website posted that it was £726,000 ($1.1 million or €800,000).

There were up to 1,000 poker players at the 5-day tournament, yet many of them had already dropped out. A lot of people that were left were injured during the panic, but none of them were serious injuries. n-tv, a private television station, was broadcasting the poker tournament live and caught the chaos on tape. It wasn’t until 4 hours later that the games were resumed.

Tobias Reinkemeier, who was participating in the poker tournament, said that panic broke out when the robbers entered the hotel where the games were being held. He said that he heard them yell armed robbery, and nobody knew what was happening. Then everyone went into a panic, he described, saying that they were jumping under tables and then trying to escape through the emergency exit.

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