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B.C. Poker Championship Winner Sophon Sek Arrested

Sek Charged with Manslaughter and Break and Enter in Connection with Surrey Six Slayings

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One year ago, Daniel Negreanu topped a field of 688 players to win the British Columbia Poker Championships at River Rock Casino in Richmond, British Columbia. He took home $371,910 CDN in prize money and gave the tournament a marquee Canadian champion. It was a dream scenario for the tournament series, but this year’s champion has been a nightmare for the event. Sophon Sek won the 2009 B.C. Poker Championship on Sunday, taking home $364,364 CDN for topping a field of 679 players. On Monday, he was arrested on charges of manslaughter and breaking and entering in connection with the Surrey Six slayings. The crime in question took place in October 2007, and it is considered to be one of the worst instances of gang violence in the history of British Columbia.

Sek is the sixth person to face charges in the deaths of six people that took place in the Balmoral Tower highrise in Surrey, British Columbia. Four of the suspects face first-degree murder charges. The 30-year-old Sek could face additional counts according to Dale Carr of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Howard Blank, vice-president of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, was still waiting for Sek to return to the casino to collect his winnings when the police called on Monday.

“The RCMP has informed us it is the same person who won our tournament, and the RCMP has requested that the funds be held for his winnings. So the funds have not been issued to the winner,” Blank told the Vancouver Sun. “He was just one of many local players who came out.”

Sek is currently in custody, and his trial will continue on Nov. 30.

 
 
 
 

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hitking1
12 years ago

Gald i didnt give this guy a bad beat

 
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fnkbll
12 years ago

And why does this come as a surprise and viewed as a nightmarish situation? Are you kidding me, think of all the thugs and deginerates palying cards in casinos today. At least 25% do not have jobs or work at low paying jobs and would have no problem stealing money from thier mothers. I know murder is serious, but to say that this is surpising is crazy.
The devilfish himeself is an admitted safecracker, headbanger thug (who has been in jail twice) and he seems proud of it. Having played in under ground clubs and casinos for thirty years and having witnessed attempted robbery and the shoting death of a player, there is just no surprise here whatsover. What is really surpising is that there is not much more of this in the news. If you play poker seriously, then you are rubbing up against the underbelly of society everytime you sit down. No one wishes to admit this to the public (particulary the poker community), but that is just the way it is!

 
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kevmode
12 years ago

fnkbll I agree with you somewhat on the low lifes that play poker, but 25% is is much higher than what it actually is. I think it is around 10 to 15%. Most people who play poker just love to gamble. They like to play scratchers, sports betting and poker are what they love.

 
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locodogg
12 years ago

Fnkbll, say what you want about poker players but murder is far worse than stealing a couple of bucks out of your mothers purse. Both are low lifes but I'll take my chances with the theif. The guys that play in the local casino here most have jobs(some very good paying) or are too old to work. I say kevmode is correct in that maybe 10-15% are deginerates.

 
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fnkbll
12 years ago

OK 10 to 15% it is. But absolutley no surprise that a murder won a poker tounament.

 
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locodogg
12 years ago

No surprise at all, I'm sure there are other criminals that are just as bad that have won, we just don't know it.

 
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MoosPlayer
12 years ago

Poker is not the only place you can rub "up against the underbelly of society everytime you sit down." Try any Wall Street restaurant if you really want to sit down with some thieves. I'm not being funny, it is the truth.

 
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texasroadgambler
12 years ago

MoosPlayer: And let's not leave out the other two thirds of the Wall Street Mafia, the politicians and the lobbyists who make it possible for Wall Street to rob, rape, loot, and pillage.

 
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dc_
12 years ago

Of course he won - the poker gods laugh at card karma.

 
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texasroadgambler
12 years ago

Richenough: You've got it right about the history of poker in the U.S. What you see today on T.V. was spread by outlaws, me included.

 
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GRM
12 years ago

This is to all of you who like to put your two cents into things that you don't know about. Number one he isn't a murderer but than i guess you uneducated bafoons wouldn't be able to understand the differences. All i see is typical losers who watch tv and think that they know the whole story when they don't its sad because you shouldn't always believe what is put on tv. Media is dramatic and all they want is a story and when they get one they don't care about who they hurt to get what they want, just like these crooked cops. Who do you think is feeding the news what they want? Come on people be smart there obviously there doing a good job since all of you people are judging someone you don't even know. You all assume but i guess thats just all your opinions but im not going to waste my time anymore. Congratulations Sophon Sek im happy for you and you won that FAIR and SQUARE.

 
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