Oldest WSOP winner arrested in poker bust

Paul McKinney
Paul McKinney

A poker game raid on Friday in Tennessee resulted in the arrest of Paul McKinney, who holds the record as the oldest World Series of Poker bracelet winner.

According to an Associated Press report, McKinney and 15 others were playing poker in Kingsport, Tenn., when police raided the game. The police said they seized nearly $20,000 plus playing cards, poker chips and betting slips for the weekend's sporting events.

All of the individuals arrested on Friday were charged with gambling. McKinney and one other person were also charged with aggravated gambling promotion on suspicion of organizing and promoting the event.

The AP reported that police also said McKinney was charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics after pills were found in his pocket. He was released the same day as the arrest on a $3,250 bond.

McKinney is a longtime poker veteran who became the oldest WSOP bracelet winner in 2005 when he took down the Seniors Event. Previously the record was held by Johnny Moss who won a WSOP event when he was 76.

McKinney had several cashes prior to 2005 both in WSOP events as well as WPT events and other tournaments. After his bracelet win, he cashed in another 2005 WSOP event and at a WSOP Circuit event that year.

In the wake of his win, Nolan Dalla, WSOP media director, described McKinney as a "throwback to a bygone era, when poker was played in smoke-filled backrooms. The cigar-chomping West Virginian rarely speaks and prefers to let his cards do the talking."

His cards haven't been doing much talking since 2005, as McKinney hasn't recorded another cash since then.

According to reports, a court date hasn't been set yet.

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