Suspect Arrested After Robbing High-Stakes Poker Pro Antonio Esfandiari Of $1 Million
Police have detained Svitlana Silva, a 46-year-old girl suspected of robbing the Las Vegas condominium of high-stakes poker ace Antonio Esfandiari in July.
Silva, a former poker dealer, is accused of slipping up of $1 million in chips, cash, jewelry, and other valuables belonging to Esfandiari along with his dad Bejan, and utilizing the funds to bet. According to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Silva had been in a relationship with Bejan, also had knowledge of different access codes, including the combination to a safe.
The stolen haul equates to $150,000 in cash, roughly $500,000 in casino chips, designer watches, as well as Esfandiari’s habit Big One For One Drop bracelet, he won together with $18.3 million in the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Silva was seen gambling in the Bellagio poker room also allegedly played at a high-stakes personal game before she had been apprehended in the Aria on Aug. 23. Silva maintained innocence, nevertheless police discovered a few $25,000 casino processors inside her possession during her arrest and also told authorities she’d added chips inside her vehicle.
Silva was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of burglary and possession of stolen land. She’s after all been bailed from jail, and a court case is scheduled for October.
Esfandiari is just one of poker’s most well-known players, and has been at one stage the winningest tournament player of all time. He’s currently no. 16 about the one time money list with $27.2 million and now contains three WSOP bracelets to cooperate with two World Poker Tour titles. Though he possesses land in Las Vegas, he spends all his time with his family in his home in Southern California.
Esfandiari isn’t the only poker pro who has been the victim of a home burglary. Doyle Brunson was beaten by robbers in a home invasion in 1998. In 2008, Hoyt Corkins had his house cleaned out of his two WSOP bracelets, and also two cars and a motorcycle.
WSOP main event champion Jonathan Duhamel was hospitalized in 2011 after he was attacked in his condo by two men assisted by his ex-girlfriend, forcing their way into his safe to steal his 2010 main event bracelet and cash. Danish poker star Theo Jorgensen was actually shot by thieves in his Denmark home for five-figures of Kroner in 2012.
Just last year, four-time WPT champion Darren Elias had his New Jersey home broken into. A man kept Elias’ babysitter at gunpoint while he ransacked the house searching for money.