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Fossilman Raymer Recounts Bellagio Heist In Court

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 12th June 2005 1:33am
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With $150,000 in poker chips in hand, the reigning World Series of Poker champ Greg "Fossilman" Raymer of Stonington, Conn., knew the two robbers who approached him in the hallway of the Bellagio resort weren't looking to chat. "I knew it was a bad idea to let two criminals shove you into the room," Raymer said during a hearing Friday in Las Vegas. "I'm in fear for my safety, my life, my money, everything."

Kevin R. Joy, 35, and Deem Cassim, 31, have been charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy. After hearing Raymer testify, a justice of the peace sent the case to District Court for arraignment.

During Friday's hearing, Raymer said he was returning to his hotel room about 2 a.m. on Dec. 20 of last year when Joy and Cassim tried to force him into his room. Raymer used his 330 pounds to fight back, screaming for help and swinging his arms wildly.

That's when Raymer says Cassim pulled out a gun, prompting the poker champ to stop yelling before realizing the seriousness of the situation.

"If I cooperated and went in my room, I thought, it was highly likely I was going to be quietly killed, so I started yelling again," Raymer said.



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