Alleged Home Burglar & EPT Champ Jordan Saccucci Removed from WSOP Paradise
Less than a week ago, poker player Jordan Saccucci, who won nearly $1 million for taking down the 2022 European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event, was arrested in Ontario, Canada in connection with a robbery spree that included more than 30 residential properties.
The 33-year-old is seemingly out on bond as he was spotted, and confirmed via a registration list, to be competing on Day 1b of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise Main Event.
However, his stay was short-lived not because of running out of chips, but because he was removed from the property at the Atlantis Paradise Island Casinos discretion, a decision WSOP staff abided by. The exact reason for his removal, and whether or not it was connected to his legal situation, was not made available.
Saccucci was arrested on December 5 by Halton Regional Police in Oakville alongside another suspect, 41-year-old Dumark Lindsay. A press release stated that both men were held in custody pending a bail hearing in Milton.
PokerNews has reached out to the Halton Regional Police Service Corporate Communications to inquire on the bail hearing, but the office is closed on the weekend.
The arrests came a week after authorities raised the residences of four different suspects, including Saccucci. The arrested pair were charged with 68 offenses, and for Saccucci it isnt his first time in trouble with the law.
Back in March 2021, he was one of ten people arrested for a separate breaking-and-entering Toronto crime spree that spanned from 2020 into 2021, and media reports indicate his panache for break-ins went as far back as 2015.
Saccucci won the EPT Prague Main Event in December 2022 for over $900,000, beating French pro Antoine Saout heads up. He has $1,366,000 in live tournament cashes dating back to 2016, according to The Hendon Mob. The Canadian poker player also has two deep runs in World Poker Tour (WPT) events, including a ninth-place finish for $27,856 at the 2016 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic.
Despite the serious nature of his crimes, Saccucci has made his way down to the Bahamas to continue playing poker, something Canadian autorities might keep in mind when he has his day in court.
The Alleged Crime Spree
According to local reports, Saccucci and three others Marcel Blackburn (37), Dumark Lindsay (41), and Paul Nkrumah (36) robbed multiple homes wearing surgical masks and hoods, sometimes during the daytime. If confronted, the alleged crooks apparently claimed they were at the home for construction or landscaping purposes.
Police raided the homes of the suspects on Nov. 21 where they discovered and recovered "numerous" stolen items from the victims' properties.
The suspects reportedly parked their black Chevrolet Tahoe RST in the driveway of the victim's property before approaching the home during an invasion attempt. That vehicle was also seized during their arrests and was discovered to be stolen with fake plates.
On December 8, the Halton Regional Police Service announced that the final suspect in the investigation, Marcel Blackburn (38), was arrested in Oakville and also charged with 69 Break and Enter related offences and one breach of probation charge.
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