The theft took place near the end of the tournament, which had then been moved to the poker room from the large poker area where it had begun. To “balance the tables,” I was moved quickly and as my hands were full with two chip racks and a bottle of water, I left my vest draped over my chair. In the 15 minutes that I was at the second table, someone who must have been watching the action and waiting for the opportune moment, swooped in and grabbed the vest.
As a thief or thieves have found it profitable to take the belongings of poker players when they are vulnerable, being shuffled to another table, or on a break, and security and management are undoubtedly aware of this problem, some action needs to be taken. While, I will never recover my money or credit card or identification, I would certainly like to see property management and security take responsibility and make an effort to inform and warn their patrons of this criminal activity. They also need to better monitor non-poker players hanging around waiting for an opportunity to grab someone’s valuables. Also, if they have an idea who the culprits are, they should contact security in nearby casinos, where the same thieves are undoubtedly operating, and discourage it.
As a tourist who is naive and misinformed, I had always believed that Las Vegas property owners and managers would go out of their way to discourage such activity and to ensure us that something was being done to protect visitors. From my attempted dealings with Binion’s in the past week, I am certain that this is not the case and nothing worthwhile is being done and those in command do not care.