It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds. And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like “Poo-tee-weet?” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

Tragedy on the Strip

At least 50 people are dead and 200 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in US history, carried out by 64 year-old Stephen Paddock, who opened fire last night from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. His weapon was a fully automatic rifle and his target was a dense crowd of concertgoers gathered at a country music festival on the strip below.

Paddock was shot dead by police after what witnesses say was “ten or fifteen minutes” of shooting. He was traveling with a woman named Marilou Danley, who was located this morning and is currently being questioned by police. There is, so far, no indication of what Paddock’s motivations were, but the Las Vegas Police Department has, predictably, described him as a “lone wolf.”

While every senseless act of violence is a tragedy, the setting of last night’s massacre means this one strikes particularly close to home for the poker community. Many players would have been on the Strip last night, either during the shooting or shortly before it. Some may even have been at the concert, though so far there’s been no indication that anyone from the poker community was among the victims. Many of those who own homes in Las Vegas have extended offers of help to anyone who had been staying on the strip.

We’ll update with any further relevant information which comes out. Poo-tee-weet.

Quick Hitters

– Following a plea deal this summer, former Absolute Poker president Scott Tom has been sentenced. FlushDraw has a two-part article covering the details.

– Not satisfied with merely recouping its losses from Phil Ivey in the long-running edge-sorting case, the Borgata is now going after the card manufacturer Gemaco for additional compensation.

– Tony Dunst, who for many years provided live stream commentary for WPT events, has now moved into the role of host for the televised broadcasts, recently vacated by Mike Sexton.

– Lee Davy at CalvinAyre takes a look at the WPT’s upcoming experiment with a poker/eSports crossover event.