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Gamblers Mysteriously Lose Consciousness, Get Robbed at New York Casino

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Gamblers Mysteriously Lose Consciousness, Get Robbed at New York Casino

A suspicious event is under investigation at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Upstate New York. Two casino patrons; a husband and wife, mysteriously lost consciousness while playing slot machines at the casino Friday morning.

The couple came to the casino with a female friend. The man, 65, told police he had won a pair of $30 redemption tickets, which he had in a pocket along with $200 in cash. According to the police report, the couple was found passed out at the slot machines and were transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center by ambulance.

When the man and his wife awoke at the hospital, they found they had been robbed of the tickets and all their cash. Neither he nor his wife had any clue as to why they passed out. The incident occurred between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., say police.

The report of the incident did not include information on the third person in their party, the woman that came to the casino with the couple. It is unknown if she is involved in the investigation, or if police suspect foul play.

The casino’s last major poker tournament of the year concluded on November 12, the Seneca Niagara Fall Poker Classic. An annual favorite in New York, the 2017 Fall Poker Classic attracted hundreds of players from the region. The $1,100 buy-in Main Event had a field of 271 entries and was won by Guy Klass for $58,608.

The casino will continue to run small poker tournaments throughout the year, including a $300 buy-in tournament on December 30.


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.