For the poker community, Kenneth Strauss hit the headlines in July by making one of the more unusual plays at the WSOP. At the time, dropping his pants after moving all-in seemed like nothing more than drunken horseplay.
Although tournament officials were quick to remove Strauss from the $10,000 Main Event, it was an amusing break from the norm.
However, it later transpired that wasn’t the end of his antics. On July 23, he warned Las Vegas locals not to visit the MLB ballpark because there “won’t be any games” as it’s his “time” to become a legend.
Alongside that incoherent tweets, it was an assumed threat that landed him in jail. Ranting on Twitter, Kenneth Strauss demanded to be left alone and implied there could be violent repercussions if he wasn’t.
Shootings are taking place all over Las Vegas. Please leave me alone @VenetianVegas I have no place to go currently. And all Casinos that have me banned will be destroyed effective immediately. And @Rio, get my belongings together immediately when @POTUS declares safe I’m going.
That tweet landed the WSOP exhibitionist in jail. To make matters worse, Chief Deputy District Attorney Pete Thunell said Strauss muttered “kill them all” during his arrest.
WSOP Stunt Leads to Even Stranger Things
After posting a $20,000 bond, the American was back in court on Thursday. Addressing the allegations, Judge Bell described Strauss’s actions as “extraordinarily concerning.”
Regardless of where the incident took place, the tweets would have raised alarm bells. However, with Las Vegas still reeling from a mass shooting in October 2017, Strauss couldn’t have picked a worse place to air his views.
“The state has concerns when you look inside the profile being similar to the Oct. 1 profile,” said prosecutor Thunell.
With emotions still running high and a questionable sequence of incidents prior to the tweet, Strauss could be facing a lengthy spell in prison.
However, for the poker community and the general public at large, that may prove to be a positive.