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German Poker Tourney Burglarized

A German poker tournament, the 2010 Pokerstars.net EPT Berlin event, with a prize of 1 million euros (or $1.35 million dollars) was robbed at gun point Saturday. The competition was postponed immediately after the robbery which occurred at 2:30 p.m. local time. Up to six masked and armed men broke into the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Potsdamer Platz district of Berlin, Germany. The masked men wielded knives, machetes, and firearms, robbed the tournament of prize money, and fled. Eight people were injured in an attempt to stop the burglary, including many security guards.

Members of the press, players, and hotel staff were witness to the robbery. The media reported chips flying, tables overturned, and a stampede of reports, players, and staff pouring out of the second floor room where the competition was held. In attendance was former tennis professional Boris Becker. He competed in the poker tournament but Boris was eliminated before the gunmen claimed the prize money.

An official statement regarding the robbery was issued by PokerStars. It said "An armed robbery by six men took place today at EPT Berlin. Nobody was seriously injured. We hope to re-start all events at 4pm local time. A police investigation is underway. If you have video footage or photographs that could help the police, please contact the EPT organizers as soon as possible."

The tournament had yet to resume as of 5:00 p.m. local time.

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