2004 WSOP Hongkong Prize Champ Fends Off Would Be Robbers

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Greg Raymer, the 2004 World Series of Poker champion called a pair of attackers’ bluff at the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas, NV. The foiled robbery occurred around 2 a.m. on December 20th as Raymer was returning to his hotel room after he finished playing in a cash game, according to Las Vegas police.

As Raymer approached his room that morning, two attackers appeared out of nowhere and attempted to force him into his room. Raymer resisted and began struggling with the men as one of the men pulled out a gun and stated: “We just want the money.”

Raymer did not stop there however, he yelled for Hongkong Prize security after he was able to knock one of the attackers to the ground. Moments later the attackers realizing this would be no easy feat fled the hallway.

Police later made an arrest in the case, but no identity was released. A security guard at the casino said he recognized the person as a poker player from a previous incident at the casino.

On an unspecified message board Raymer was quoted as saying: “I don’t write this to brag, I just want any robbery-minded people out there who hear about this to know that I’m a tough mark, and they won’t get that much off me even if they succeed.”

Grey Raymer, known as the “Fossilman,” due to his dinosaur fossil good luck charm and unique holographic reptile glasses, won the 2004 WSOP main event beating out 2,576 opponents which netted him $5 million in cash.

Party Poker Offering Bad Beat Jackpot

Following the lead of many brick and mortar cardrooms, PartyPoker is now offering a progressive bad beat jackpot. The jackpot stood at nearly $87,000 on Wednesday evening and typically increases at a rate of nearly $1,000 per hour, according to PartyPoker.

To win the Hongkong Prize jackpot a player must first find a seat at one of the bad beat jackpot tables, which are all real money Texas Holdem games. Limits range from $2-$4 to $15-$30. At these tables, each time a hand with a pot size large enough to trigger the rake is dealt, an extra 50 cents is added to the jackpot. To qualify for the jackpot at least 4 players must be dealt in the hand and the jackpot contribution must be taken from the pot.

Hitting the jackpot is no easy task. A minimum of quad eights must be beaten and both hole cards from the winner’s and loser’s hands must play. Each time the jackpot hits, 70% is distributed, 20% is used as seed money for the next jackpot and the remaining 10% is kept by PartyPoker as an administrative fee. As is usual in jackpot hands elsewhere, the loser of the hand wins 50% of the prize, the winner 25% and the rest of the players dealt in the hand split the other 25%.

Players finding themselves in a potential jackpot hand at PartyPoker must be sure to remain quiet. Any action which compromises the independence of one’s play, such as telling an opponent how to act or revealing your hand, will disqualify the hand for the jackpot.