Bellagio Bathroom Bandit Strikes

Reported armed robbery at Festa al Lago

by , Oct 11, 2010 | 4:06 pm

Scott Montgomery, 2008 November Niner … he has a bracelet now, but presumably wasn’t wearing it this weekend when he says he got accosted by a knife-wielding bandit inside a Bellagio bathroom. (While taking a leak? That could make a difference in this sitch.)

With all due respect to Montgomery’s 5th place WSOP main-event finish and his donkament bracelet this summer, he’s clearly no Greg Raymer. Montgomery declined his assailant’s implied invitation to brawl for money, and instead simply handed him $2,000 in cash (mo chips?) … yeow, what does it say about the economy when Bellagio doesn’t have armed shoe-shine guys on duty?

From the Cake Poker blog:

Montgomery was at Bellagio to play in a Festa al Lago preliminary event and went to the bathroom on a break from the tournament. As he described it on his Twitter account, “Got mugged today at Bellagio. Black guy pulled a knife on me in the restroom. I gave him the $2k in my wallet and he left.”

“I called security, but they took like 15 mins so they didn’t catch him. They are useless twits. Didn’t even ask me to look at camera footage,” Montgomery continued. “Security pretty much just said oh well, life sucks, have a nice day. I’m pretty annoyed.”

Bellagio Poker ≈ Binion’s Self Park?

Though two instances (that we heard about) over the span of nearly 6 years hardly constitute a trend, you just don’t expect certain kinds of violence in luxe resorts with multiple guards outside the parking garage looking for casually waving through possible Al Qaeda terrorists. I mean what is center-Strip, not dark-alley downtown Vegas or daytime Berlin!

But it was indeed at Bellagio — during the 5-diamond — where armed robbers discovered not all bracelet-winning poker players were easy marks. In that situation, December 2004, Greg Raymer, poker’s newest big world champ, fought off two attackers with guns. According to reports, they got away, too (as security let them pass) … however, were caught some five months later in California, and brought back to Las Vegas for trial. (I believe sentenced to something like 3 years, not sure though …)

Pokerati PSA: Remember, next time you’re being attacked in the Bellagio or anywhere in Vegas really, you can tweet for help @LVMPD, hashtag #911.

6 Comments to “Bellagio Bathroom Bandit Strikes ”

  1. Luke Thomas

    If it’s me I’m letting the B know that I expect my money returned to me and some sort of compensation for there total disregard of security. Hell I might even sue them just for kicks.

    In an establishment where millions are literally changing hands daily sometimes hourly there is 100% no room for this type of thing much less someone making it out of the building.

  2. JamesDaBear

    Hey, Scott… yeah, life sucks… then you get to shine your bracelet and console yourself in Annette’s wondrous bosom. Take off, hoser!

  3. TOCurmudgeon

    I’m sorry, but there isn’t anything funny about strong arm robbery.

  4. JamesDaBear

    Well, I’m sorry… but there’s something really funny about Montgomery EVER saying his life sucks.

  5. Evan Benz

    I was at the Bellagio for the World Cup a few years back and Security threw a drunk’en girl into the streets.

    She was all kicking and screaming !!!

    They did that thing, you see security people do every now and then with the drunk girls . . . where the big dude has his hand ” Basiclly” between the girls butt cheeks and he’s totally coping a feel on the job.

  6. scott diamond

    I never commented on this but I think Scott has a good case here. LVMPD should take a report and request the video from the Bellagio. If they don’t I would get a hold of the Las Vegas Sun and see if they would print a story about this. Probably should have been done before election day.

    Secondly the Security team at the Bellagio should all be admonished and possibly fired for not helping in this situation. Harrah’s Officials should help with this matter. Yes its Scott Montgomery and he would get special treatment over a joe citizen who this happened to, but the suspect is laughing at Bellagio and will most definitely strike again knowing nothing will be done.

    The next time someone may lose their life. Then what is the Bellagio going to do?