It was a crime that has many in the poker community stunned and taking a second look at their home security systems. Hoyt Corkins, long-time professional poker player, was recently the victim of an extensive home robbery that left him with losses that he estimated at well over $100,000. And details indicate that it might have been somewhat of an “inside” job.
Corkins’ home is located in Spanish Trail, an exclusive, gated, and guarded community of houses in the Las Vegas area. Somehow, the burglars entered the neighborhood and his garage, then destroyed the wall from the garage into the home to gain access to items within the home. Reports say that every room in the home was ransacked.
Taken from inside the home were many prized and irreplaceable possessions, including a World Poker Tour bracelet and two World Series of Poker bracelets. They also took electronic items, approximately $10,000 in cash, and used information they found in the home to steal Corkins’ identity and order a credit card in his name over the phone. Also stolen from the garage, seemingly without anyone noticing or reporting the crime when it happened, were two cars and a motorcycle.
Corkins had been on vacation in Florida for a month and estimated that the crime could have taken place weeks before it was discovered by his manager. He then immediately returned to Las Vegas to inspect the damage and take inventory of his losses.
The poker player told a Las Vegas reporter, “Hey, you got to be lucky through life, and sometimes you’re lucky, and sometimes you’re not. And a lot of it is dealing with your bad luck.”
As for the perpetrators, the police are investigating some leads. His Jeep has been found with no significant damage except a missing spare tire, net, and winch system. Corkins noted, “I don’t really believe it was anybody from poker doing it, but it could have been one of their friends or somebody that overheard something.”
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Las Vegas police department, anonymously or otherwise.