Anthony Zinno posted connected societal media to cull nan allegation that he stole $19,000 from Corel Theuma and springiness his broadside of nan story. [Image: Flickr.com / World Poker Tour]
Zinno gives his side
More than a week aft being accused of stealing $19,000 from a chap poker player’s bag, Anthony Zinno has surgery his soundlessness connected nan situation. Posting concisely connected X (formerly Twitter) Thursday morning, Zinno denied nan allegations from Corel Theuma, adding that he will uncover much “after nan ineligible matter finishes.”
Zinno explained that Day 1B of a $3,000 buy-in arena astatine December’s WPT World Championship show had concluded and he saw an unattended container adjacent erstwhile he was getting fresh to leave. He took nan container to effort to get it backmost to its rightful owner.
Zinno said that he wanted to fig retired who nan container belonged to, get successful interaction pinch them, and meet up. When he was incapable to do that, he took nan container to Encore Las Vegas mislaid and recovered and that was that. Zinno said he saw money successful nan bag, but did not count aliases different touch it.
“I perfectly contradict what is being alleged,” Zinno concluded.
Moment of forgetfulness leads to accusations
The theft allegations came to ray successful precocious January, first mentioned connected nan “Only Friends” poker podcast, past gaining traction connected nan Two Plus Two and Poker Fraud Alert sites. On January 29, Corel Theuma posted connected X to show his broadside of nan story.
ran backmost to nan poker room only to find nan bag, which he said contained $20,000, missing
The opening is nan aforesaid arsenic Zinno’s: Theuma accidentally near his container astatine nan poker array astatine nan conclusion of nan night. When he realized what he had done, he ran backmost to nan poker room only to find nan bag, which he said contained $20,000, missing. Nobody he asked knew astir it.
The adjacent day, Theuma called nan casino’s mislaid and recovered and was told his container was there, but only had $1,000 successful it. He picked up nan container and revenge a constabulary report. That night, he sewage a telephone saying nan constabulary wanted to speak pinch him astatine nan casino. When Theuma arrived, he said he saw Zinno being questioned. He claims that constabulary told him that they saw Zinno connected information footage prime up nan container and return it to a restroom. Theuma besides claims information told him that Zinno had been banned from each Wynn properties.
Police study a mixed bag
The constabulary study corroborates nan nutrient of Theuma’s story, but does incorporate immoderate specifications that differ. For example, while Theuma posted connected X that he near nan Encore ballroom (where nan poker tourney was being held) to spell extracurricular and drawback a cab, nan constabulary study says he told investigators that he went to usage nan restroom and “had to” time off his container astatine nan poker table.
Theuma told PokerNews that he did not opportunity that.
doesn’t opportunity really overmuch clip had elapsed since Theuma left
The constabulary study confirms that Zinno was identified connected information video taking nan bag, though it doesn’t opportunity really overmuch clip had elapsed since Theuma left. It besides varies a spot from Theuma’s declare that he was told Zinno was seen connected camera entering a restroom, alternatively reading, “Zinno walks quickly passing respective information guards and exited nan casino successful a Lyft ride.”
The study besides says that Theuma told nan constabulary serviceman that he “only had 19k to extremity cocktail waitresses.” It is unclear what that precisely means.
Anthony Zinno is 1 of nan astir successful unrecorded tourney players of nan past decade, pinch astir $11.5m successful earnings. He has 4 World Series of Poker wins successful his career, 3 World Poker Tour titles, and earned WPT Season XIII Player of nan Year honors.
Zinno’s communicative mostly matches what nan constabulary study says he told rule enforcement. In addition, nan study confirms what Theuma admitted connected societal media, that he could not beryllium that nan container primitively contained $20,000, though he said he will do his champion to beryllium it.
Anthony Zinno has not yet been formally charged pinch a crime.