Following hold-up, Briton takes Paris poker finals

21st July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 21 (AFP) - British poker ace Surinder Sunar won the Grand Prix de Paris poker tournament, the French stop on the World Poker Tour that was marred by a daring armed heist, the organization said Wednesday.

PARIS, July 21 (AFP) - British poker ace Surinder Sunar won the Grand Prix de Paris poker tournament, the French stop on the World Poker Tour that was marred by a daring armed heist, the organization said Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Sunar took home EUR 679,000 (USD 835,000) for his win at the event late Tuesday, which cost competitors EUR 10,000 just for a seat at the table.

Players at the chic Aviation Club de France on the Champs-Elysees got a shock early Tuesday when two armed men wearing ski masks forced them to lie on the ground as they made off with EUR 76,000.

No one was injured in the incident.

French police said it appeared the bandits -- who stole a truck to escape after losing the keys to their motorcycle -- had been "well informed" because they went straight to the points where the money was kept.

Last month, movie star and avid gambler Ben Affleck earned a seat at the World Poker Tour Championship next April in Las Vegas when he won the California State Poker Championships at the Commerce Casino near Los Angeles.

 

© AFP

 

Subject: French news

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