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Pants-Dropping Poker Player From 2019 World Series Of Poker Main Event Receives Probation

Ken Strauss Received Two Years Probation After Pleading Guilty To Terrorism Charges Stemming From Unhinged Tweets And Behavior Last July


A poker player who was disqualified on Day 1C of the last year’s World Series of Poker main event for dropping his pants and throwing a shoe on the table was given probation Thursday after facing multiple gross misdemeanor charges stemming from his infamous day in Las Vegas, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal Report.

After Ken Strauss was disqualified from the $10,000 buy-in event, he was arrested later that night at the Luxor after jumping on an empty craps table and exposing himself for the second time that day.

In the weeks following his initial release from custody, Strauss released a series of tweets that referenced possible shootings in Las Vegas and tagged President Donald Trump.

FYI my friend @POTUS will be on all stations tonight starting at 7:29pm ET. Forget about your political opinions and grow the fuck up now! This is very srious life news involving 42 states that are no longer going to exist. Watch and learn and perhaps like!” read one of the now-deleted tweets from July 23.

In a tweet that came four days later, Strauss made threats against any casino that banned him.

“Shootings are taking place all over Las Vegas. Please leaves me alone @VenetianVegas I have no place to go currently. And all Casinos that have me banned will be destroyed effective immediately. And @Rio, get my belongings together immediately when @POTUS declares safe I’m going.”

The same day that Strauss released the tweet, police responded to a call from the Venetian about a suicidal man who told others on property that he would harm hismelf and anyone that came near him. Strauss was identified as the person making threats.

He was arrested for both the incident at Ventian and also because of the threatening tweets on his social media account. He was charged with conspiracy to make a threat or convey false information concerning an act of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, lethal agents or toxins; and malicious destruction of property.

The police report stated that when Strauss was arrested he mumbled “kill them all” to himself.

According to the LVRJ, Strauss spent months locked up before he was deemed competent enough to understand the charges he was facing. He pleaded guilty to both counts and was released from custody.

He appeared in court through video conferencing Thursday for his sentencing with District Judge Mary Kay Holthus.

Holthus gave him two years probation. During those two years, the 46-year-old is ordered to stay out of Clark County, not have any contact with Las Vegas casinos, and must undergo regular mental health treatment.

“I’m just very sorry for what happened,” said Strauss. “And I’m just going to continue focusing on my mental health improving.”

The police report also stated that Strauss spent about a week in a psychiatric hospital after being kicked out of the WSOP and arrested at the Luxor.

Just before the start of the 2019 WSOP main event, Strauss cashed in the $5,000 no-limit hold’em six-max event. He finished 122nd for $7,402. It makes up the overwhelming majority of his $8,646 career live earnings.



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