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Borgata Poker Champion Thomas Dougher Arrested in Atlantic City Over the Holidays

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Borgata Poker Champion Thomas Dougher Arrested in Atlantic City Over the Holidays

Thomas Dougher made a name for himself in Atlantic City for winning the Borgata Summer Poker Open in 2015, but after this past holiday season, he has a new notoriety. Dougher, 41, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of bank robbery in Absecon, New Jersey.

According to state authorities, Dougher is a serial bank robber, and they suspect he was behind the robberies of two banks near Atlantic City. They suspect Dougher was behind a crime spree that stretched across four states including New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

Dougher was apprehended at the Quality Inn in New Jersey after allegedly robbing a nearby PNC Bank. Surveillance footage from Sun National Bank in Northfield, New Jersey shows a man that appears to be Dougher handing a teller a demand note on Tuesday. A similar scenario was reported from a robbery at PNC Bank in Pleasantville on Saturday.

Dougher is currently charged in connection to three bank robberies in Atlantic County. Police say they have found the car Dougher used in the robberies, a silver Mazda 6, parked in the parking garage of Caesars Atlantic City. They identified the vehicle as one that had been stolen in Maryland.

Dougher poker career was mostly online, where he averaged 12-15 tournaments per day. Despite his big win at the Borgata Summer Poker Open, Dougher claims to have only played in “like three live tournaments.”

Dougher previously served time in federal prison for a 2007 crime spree that included 11 bank robberies. He was released in 2010.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.