Poker game leads
to murder in New York
Former professor shot to death
in a robbery during a poker game in Manhattan.
DeSena, former professor and mathematician, was shot and killed
during a robbery of a poker game in New York on Friday.
According to reports, the poker game took place in a building on
Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and mostly middle-class people
participated in the poker games spread around a dozen tables.
There was a guard in the lobby, but this did not help on Fridays
night, when a few men in ski masks entered the building armed
with guns to rob the poker players. There was a gunshot and
DeSena was struck in the torso and later pronounced dead at St.
Vincent’s Hospital. Some reports claim that over $100,000 was
stolen from the poker players, but the number has not been
confirmed by the local police.
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The legality of the poker games is under question - it's
not illegal to play poker for money, but organizing it is and
some claim that “It’s like Atlantic City up there.” According to
participants, the house charged $5 per half an hour of play and
pots ranged from a couple of hundred to a few thousands. It's
unclear who was organizing the poker games.