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Hoyt Corkins' Vegas home burglarized
Lucky at the poker tables doesn't necessarily translate to lucky in other parts of a person's life. Or so Hoyt Corkins learned recently when his Las Vegas home was burglarized while he was out of town.
Las Vegas Now reported yesterday evening that Corkins' friends discovered the burglary over the weekend, but it's possible the actual crime took place earlier in the month since Corkins has been out of town.
The thieves had plenty of time to find a way to get into the gated and guarded community where Corkins home is located in Las Vegas and take two cars, a motorcycle, electronics and at least $10,000 in cash.
The team of thieves cut a hole through a wall in the garage to gain entry into the home.
Corkins told Las Vegas Now reporter Aaron Drawhorn that the estimated losses are well over $100,000.
The Doyles Room sponsored pro had two WSOP bracelets, one from his 1992 win in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, and the other from his 2007 win in the $2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event. He also had a WPT bracelet for his 2003 World Poker Finals win.
The thieves took the bracelets but left the stands they were on and went through every room looking for other potential hidden treasures, according to Corkins.
Another news source reported the thieves even went so far as to remove an entire safe from the pro poker player's home.
The burglars didn't stop with just the possessions in Corkins' home either. They also stole his identity. Las Vegas Now reported that someone who broke into the house also used Corkins' office phone to obtain a credit card in Corkins' name.
The Las Vegas Police Department have dusted for prints; however, the burglars had sprayed everything they touched with a substance to prevent the police from getting fingerprints.
Corkins told the media he believes he was targeted because he was going to be away from home for an extended period of time. He doesn't believe it was done by people he knows in the poker world, but it could have been friends of someone in that circle or someone who just overheard something.