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Armed Robbery at EPT Berlin
The PokerStars European Poker Tour was the victim of a surreal daylight robbery Saturday when six armed men stormed the Grand Hyatt Berlin and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Panic struck at the first-time ever EPT Berlin event when four masked men raided the hotel with two others standing guard outside just after 2 p.m. local time.
Berlin tabloid B.Z. has reported as much as €800,000 was stolen before the culprits took off across the Marlene Dietrich Platz in front of the hotel and blended into the crowd at the nearby Potsdamer Platz Arcades.
Although no one was seriously hurt, the newspaper claims as many as eight security personnel suffered minor injuries.
PokerStars released the following statement.
"An armed robbery by 5-6 men took place today at EPT Berlin," the statement reads. "Nobody was seriously injured. We hope to restart all events at 4 p.m. local time. A police investigation is underway. If you have video footage or photographs that could help the police, please contact the EPT organizers as soon as possible."
A stampede of players and floor staff running for safety was seen on the EPT Live broadcast before play was suspended.
There were approximately 22 players left in the event when the incident occurred.
Tournament staff was in the process of verifying chip counts in an attempt to restart the event just before 6 p.m. in Berlin.
See the startling footage captured by a bystander below:
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