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Man Sentenced For Using Bank Robbery 'Bait Bills' To Buy Into Poker Game

Kansas City Gambler Makes Poor Decision Earlier This Year

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A Missouri man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for a January bank robbery that was used to fund a buy-in for a poker game at a local casino.

According to a criminal complaint, Timothy Karpovich of Kansas City robbed a bank of $1,052 in $10 and $2 bills on the morning of Jan. 22, 2018. Just a handful of hours later, the 39-year-old used the money to sit down at a poker game at the Harrah’s Casino.

A poker room manager told police that they saw a photo of the bank robbery suspect online and matched it with Karpovich, a regular in the poker room.

Per police, video footage showed Karpovich purchasing poker chips with $10 bills that matched the serial numbers of the “bait bills” given to him in the bank heist.

While police were at the casino inspecting the currency, authorities learned that Karpovich had returned to the casino to continue gambling. He was arrested without incident.

Karpovich pleaded guilty in April. He was looking at up to 20 years in prison. According to a court document, the bank he robbed suffered a total loss of $340.

Harrah’s North Kansas City is home to 13 poker tables.