More questions have arisen over the weekend on whether Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock could have potentially been a professional gambler. Paddock — who frequented several Las Vegas casinos in the years leading up to one of the worst tragedies in U.S. history — took the lives of 58 individuals while wounding approximately 500 more from a corner suite of the Mandalay Bay on the evening of Sunday, October 1st, according to authorities.
The debate spilled over onto Twitter starting Friday as NJ Online Gambling editor Robert DellaFave argued that it would be impossible for Paddock to have been a positive expectation player at the reported wager level, on the video poker machines he customarily played.
— Adam Small (@AdamLoebSmall) October 6, 2017
The Twitter conversation was originally shared by industry representative Adam Small, and includes debate from TwoPlusTwo forum leader Mason Malmuth.
@RobertDellaFave doesn't understand all the other things that video poker players can get.
— Mason Malmuth (@MasonMalmuth) October 7, 2017
2/ player over 100%, and certainly not anywhere near 102%. Been around the circuit for years at mid-stakes, but thanks for the burn.
— Robert DellaFave (@RobertDellaFave) October 7, 2017
U're welcome for burn. Thanks for inaccurate information. Ck vpfree to see what denomination machines are available: https://t.co/NrGPJvy45p
— Mason Malmuth (@MasonMalmuth) October 8, 2017
Friday afternoon, NBC News contributor Josh Caplan cited IRS records which show Paddock apparently turning a $5 million profit during the 2015 fiscal year.
NBC NEWS: IRS records show that the Las Vegas shooter was a very successful gambler, earning at least $5 million in 2015
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 6, 2017
Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn joined Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday to discuss Paddock’s behavior during the times he patronized the Wynn Casino, describing the Las Vegas shooter as “a rational man” in an October 8th interview.
Tighter Security Measures Coming to Las Vegas?
Wynn was extremely candid about some of the security measures that have been put into place at the Wynn Casino over the past few years, alluding to protocols that closely monitor suspicious behavior by its guests.
Las Vegas City Council members have also communicated via the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a decision on how recent events will affect security during the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration on The Strip may still be weeks away.
However, it remains almost a certainty that Las Vegas residents and guests will be asked to comply with new restrictions following the tragedy.
Las Vegas Community Drives for Victims Continue
The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting has led to an outpouring of goodwill from the Las Vegas community as well as in California. A number of off-duty police officers from the San Diego area fell victim to Paddock’s onslaught while they worked security for the Route 91 music festival.
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Famous poker personalities Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen are among a long list of poker players and industry representatives who are currently collaborating to help those who were affected by the October 1st shooting.
— Andrew Neeme (@andrewneeme) October 9, 2017
Details related to the tragedy are still being released by authorities, and it could take several months for appropriate security measures to be formulated by Las Vegas officials and casino operators.
Our thoughts remain with those who were victimized as a result of the Las Vegas shooting.