A cashier’s cage located within the Bellagio Las Vegas poker room was reportedly robbed at gunpoint late Tuesday afternoon according to social media reports by several players who were on the scene.
The first known communication at this time that a crime had occurred was posted by poker player Randy Ohel at 3:56pm Pacific Time.
Poker cage at Bellagio just got robbed at gunpoint
— Randy Ohel (@randyohel) November 28, 2017
Roughly 30 minutes later, Ohel followed up by posting evidence that authorities had arrived on the scene, while ensuring his followers that he, fellow players and staff were all unharmed in the alleged robbery.
Cage is a literal crime scene pic.twitter.com/ywgjDvjhyS
— Randy Ohel (@randyohel) November 29, 2017
Las Vegas Police in Search of Vehicle
Just before 5:00pm local time Tuesday, the Las Vegas Police Department notified its social media followers to be on the lookout for a “Silver Chevrolet Cruze with NV license plate 37D147.”
BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Silver Chevrolet Cruze with NV license plate 37D147. A white male adult, armed, robbed a Bellagio Hotel/Casino cash cage around 3:45 today and fled in vehicle. Call 9-1-1 if vehicle is spotted. pic.twitter.com/YXwpB78LUX
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) November 29, 2017
Hollywood Actor James Woods, Poker Pro Ryan Laplante Were Present
Hollywood actor James Woods was also present at the time the robbery allegedly occurred, and called the Bellagio staff’s composure “excellent.” Woods pointed out that nobody was injured during the incident and that many patrons who were on the scene did not realize any criminal activity had taken place until after the fact.
.@Bellagio staff were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt. Nobody even realized it was happening. Excellent staff, cool under pressure.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 29, 2017
Professional poker player Ryan Laplante also let his Twitter fans know that he was unharmed. Laplante reports that he was 15 feet away from the cashier cage that was targeted.
The @BellagioPoker room cage just got robbed gun point. Was 15ft from me.
Poker room now: pic.twitter.com/LVXu2AMtzU
— Ryan Laplante🏳️🌈 (@Protentialmn) November 29, 2017
Robber Allegedly Exits via North Valet
According to Ohel, who has earned much of his $1.6 million in poker tournament cash prizes in Las Vegas events, the assailant made a getaway via the North Valet area of the Bellagio.
He went out north valet and, afaik, hasn’t been caught
— Randy Ohel (@randyohel) November 29, 2017
That section of the Bellagio property is known to many poker players, as it was also used as an escape route in 2010 by the infamous Biker Bandit Tony Carleo. Carleo made off with close to $1.5 million in chips on December 14th, 2010 — only to be apprehended by authorities after attempting to sell the $25,000-value Bellagio chips he had stolen at a significant discount via the TwoPlusTwo forums (thanks to 2+2 moderator Michael Minkoff for posting the link to Carleo’s queries, which were made in January 2011 under the “Oceanspray” user account).
Second Bellagio Robbery in 2017
This is the second time in 2017 the Bellagio Las Vegas has been the target of a robbery. Back in March, a jewelry store located within the property was robbed by three assailants.
For our readers who would like to keep up with the latest community feedback as Tuesday’s events at the Bellagio continue to unfold, there is a 2+2 discussion thread posted here along with a separate ongoing discussion via the Poker subReddit.
For now, we would like to communicate our relief that there have been no reports of injuries as a result of Tuesday’s incident. The casino’s poker room is currently hosting the Five Diamond World Poker Classic with the $10,400 buy-in Main Event scheduled to begin one week from today.
UPDATE — Tuesday, 8:00pm Local Time
Poker legend Doyle Brunson has stated that the robber escaped with approximately $35,000 USD Tuesday while informing his Twitter followers that there was roughly $200,000 in cash in Bobby’s Room (high stakes poker tables area) that had not been deposited.
The guy that robbed the cashier cage at the Bellagio should have walked south 10 yards and took our money in Bobby's Room. He got 35k and we had about 200k in cash waiting to put it on deposit. Waitress said she could have hit the guy as he slowly left.
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) November 29, 2017
UPDATE — Tuesday, 9:15pm Local Time
Reports surface that Bellagio Poker Cage armed robber was wearing a mask, wig and glasses.
FOX 5 Las Vegas reports that the robbery took place at approximately 3:47pm Pacific Time.
UPDATE — Tuesday, 11:45pm Local Time
An image of the November 28th Bellagio robbery suspect is available via the Las Vegas Sun.