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Would-Be Thief Walks Into Mohegan Sun Poker Room Demanding $100 Million, Police Say

New York Man Also Threatens To Kill Poker Room Manager: Report

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Authorities allege that a New York man walked in the Mohegan Sun poker room over the weekend and told the poker room manager that he wanted $100 million transferred to his bank account. He reportedly specified that he wanted it in his savings account.

The $100m is about eight percent of the casino’s parent company’s annual gaming revenue.

He threatened to have the poker room manager killed if it wasn’t done, police said.

According to reporting from The Day, Rafael Rubinov, 44, entered the poker room Saturday and dropped off his player’s card, a flash drive and a yellow envelope with a note to the poker room manager, telling him, “This is what I have for you.”

There’s more craziness.

Police said that inside the envelope was a second flash drive, a second player’s card and a handwritten note stating in part that Rubinov’s “company” was willing to kill [the poker room manager], “that is to reveal all the secrets of the casino.” The note makes reference to casino games being controlled by computers and to a “secret department created in an experimental solid institution with unlimited possibilities…”

Authorities arrested Rubinov at the casino without incident, the report added.

He has been charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

Rubinov apparently doesn’t speak English, as he appeared in court with a Russian interpreter. The judge asked for his mental health to be assessed.