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Poker robbery

March 6, 2010

Panic ensued at Germany's largest poker tournament Saturday afternoon when gunmen broke into the event held at a Berlin hotel and stole some of the prize money.

Police at the Grand Hyatt
The gunmen made off with as much as 800,000 eurosImage: picture-alliance/dpa

Up to six masked men carrying guns entered a poker tournament at a five-star Berlin hotel Saturday afternoon, bagged a portion of the prize money and fled, according to police.

The robbery took place around 2:15 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel on Potsdamer Platz, where the European Poker Tour had begun a few days earlier.

Police at the Grand Hyatt
No shots were fired and only mild injuries were reportedImage: picture-alliance/ dpa

No shots were fired, although some visitors and players were lightly injured amid the panic, police said.

According to reports by the daily newspaper BZ, the robbers made off with up to 800,000 euros ($1 million) in prize money.

Some 1,000 players are to vie for the tournament's 1 million euro ($1.36 million) jackpot before its end Sunday. German tennis star Boris Becker was among the players, but he was eliminated before the robbery took place.

Editor: Andreas Illmer

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