Canadian Poker Pro Saccucci Ejected from WSOP Paradise Following Burglary Claims
In a dramatic turn of events at the WSOP Paradise in the Bahamas, Canadian poker player Jordan Saccucci was removed from the Main event at the Atlantis Paradise Island Casino. The disqualification followed his recent arrest in connection with a series of residential burglaries around Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.
33-year-old Saccucci, known for his 2022 EPT Prague Main Event victory and over $1.4 million in live tournament winnings, was accused of collaborating in home invasions, stealing valuables and cash. The poker community was taken aback as Saccucci alongside his accomplices, were finally arrested in Ontario. They now face 68 charges related to the break-ins.
Atlantis officials, upon learning of Saccucci's presence at the festival and recent legal troubles, promptly removed him from the tournament. The casino exercised its right to eject any individual from the premises. Saccucci's chip stack was subsequently withdrawn from the game. The WSOP reportedly complied with the casino's decision without issuing an official statement.
The terms of Saccucci's bail, which allowed his travel to the Bahamas, remain uncertain. He has requested media follow-up on his bail conditions, but the Halton Regional Police declined to comment on specifics due to privacy considerations.
"Yes, I have a past but I’m sure everyone does."
Saccucci has acknowledged his past criminal record, which includes similar offenses dating back to 2015 and 2016. He maintains that charges from a 2021 arrest were dropped due to alleged evidence tampering by police officers, a claim that remains unsubstantiated.
The incident has cast a shadow over Saccucci's poker career, raising questions about the intersection of personal conduct and professional poker playing. As the legal proceedings continue, the poker world watches closely to see how this case unfolds.