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Player Arrested at Fallsview Final Table, Blinds Off to $88k Payday
As the WPT Fallsview Classic main event gets underway today in Niagara Falls, Canada, one player who likely would have been in the field, won't be.
That player is 21-year-old Harnam Matharu, who was arrested on the dinner break of the final table of an $1,100 prelim on Tuesday.
The chip leader at the time Matharu was on his way to the $200k top prize when he failed to return from the break.
According to the Globe and Mail, the reason was Matharu was handcuffed and taken away by two police officers:
“This wasn’t overdue parking tickets," Casino Enforcement Unit member Detective Sergeant Rick Davidson told the Globe.
"This was a Canada-wide warrant on very serious charges with a police service willing to travel from another province to return him."
Matharu Suspect in $5,000 Robbery, Assault
According to the Globe report it was his fellow poker players that had a hand in bringing Matharu down.
In late November of last year, poker player Uri Miro was attacked in his motel room outside of Kahnawake, Que. and robbed of $5,000.
Motel cameras recorded the assault but Matharu fled town, leading to the Canada-wide warrant. Poker players in Niagara recognized Matharu, took a photo and sent it to Miro, who identified Matharu as the likely assaulter.
Both Miro and Matharu are from Edmonton, Alberta. Matharu will appear in court today in Quebec to face his charges.
Given his big stack at the time of his arrest Matharu was still able to blind off to third place in the tournament and earn $88k. It's undetermined if he'll be able to claim it. More details from the Globe and Mail here.