Poker players had to scramble for cover as a gunman opened fire on a Texas cardroom this week, with more than 20 bullets spraying Legends Poker Room but miraculously missing everyone…
The harrowing incident took place Tuesday night at the popular and rather infamous cardroom in Houston, the same venue that saw Sammy Farha punched in the mouth and a security guard tackle an armed robber in recent months.
The latest shocking act of violence to befall Legends occurred at 11pm, shortly after a suspicious-acting person was asked to leave the cardroom after hanging around the cashier’s cage.
An unidentified gunman opened fire from directly outside the cardroom, spraying bullets from through the casino wall – photos of the aftermath showing how close players came to being hit by the waist and head-height shots.
Images shared on social media show players and staff hiding under poker tables to avoid the gunfire, with bullet marks clearly visible on the walls behind.
One witness, who preferred to remain anonymous, told PokerNews, “It ended up being that shots were fired from outside through the walls and got into the room that way.”
They added: “Luckily no one was hit. It is really a miracle as most of the bullet holes I saw were at sitting chest height. Once it was over, we all got up and checked no one was hurt.”
When police arrived 30 minutes later, they recovered more than 20 shell casings from outside the cardroom on 9275 Richmond Avenue.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that Legends’ staff were intimidating patrons into not taking photos or sharing news of the incident on social media.
This was said to have been done “in an aggressive manner” with the witness stating that the same staff member “also very aggressively asked players if they wanted to continue playing and was shouting around to find a dealer to start dealing.”
We recently reported extensively on the spate of incidents at Legends Poker Room mentioned above.
Legendary High Stakes Poker pro, Sammy Farha, hit the headlines – and the floor – in December last year when a former dealer took exception to Farha getting him sacked.
The dealer, known as Amjad, or “AJ” for short, punched Farha square in the jaw, toppling the apparently serially-obnoxious Farha to the floor, as seen below.
A GoFundMe organised to help pay AJ’s legal costs revealed how disliked Farha is among the card-dealing community: “If you ever had to deal to him [Farha] you know the badgering and harassment Sammy has put every dealer through. We all know we have wanted to take matters into our own hands and finally someone did.”
A month later and Legends was once again in the news, this time with a much more serious incident – an attempted armed robbery with an AR-15.
Heroic security guard, Trelynn “Tek” Robinson, tackled the armed robber, with another “Pulp Fiction”-style miracle that nobody was seriously injured as a dozen shots were let loose in the melee.
Robinson, who sustained slight grazing to his shoulder, told ABC News affiliates: “…he was asking me to give him the money, but instead I lunged towards him… fought him, wrestled him with the gun, it started to go off.”
They tried to rob a poker club called “Legends” today, but the security quickly tied up the offender. There were even shots, but no one was hurt.
The hero who saved the club is named Trelynn Robinson, he escaped with a dislocated shoulder and a couple of abrasions. pic.twitter.com/G9aN3JSlAx
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