Former Borgata Summer Poker Open Champ Arrested for Multiple Bank Robberies

Former Borgata Poker Open Champion Thomas Dougher has been arrested on suspicion of a series of bank robberies in and around Atlantic City.

Back in July 2015 Dougher who, according to the Borgata Poker Blog, averaged 12-15 tournaments a day online in New Jersey, hit the big time in one of the few live tournaments he had ever played, beating over 2,500 other entrants to win the $400 entry Borgata Summer Poker Open for a tasty $149,127. It would appear, however, that one big score cannot sustain a man forever as Dougher, 41, is alleged to have been involved in no fewer than nine bank robberies across four states (New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania) in recent months and is currently under arrest for three bank jobs in under two weeks in Atlantic City.

Dougher was finally apprehended last Friday at a Quality Inn approximately one hour after it is alleged he held up the PNC Bank in Absecon. He has also been charged with last Tuesday's robbery at the Sun National Bank in Northfield, New Jersey, where cctv shows a cleanly-shaven suspect handing a teller a demand note, and also for an indentical stick-up at PNC Bank in Pleasantville the following Saturday.


Above: Surveillance from the Sun National Bank in Northfield, New Jersey, shows an unmasked Dougher calmly robbing the teller

It would appear that Dougher is no stranger to this bank robbery lark having already served three years in federal prison from 2007-2010 for another eleven bank robberies.

Pleasantville Police Capt. Matt Hartman. said, “The successful cooperative investigation and uneventful arrest of Dougher, who previously served prison time for 11 robberies in 2007, is a testament to the importance of interaction between all levels of law enforcement from local to federal to achieve a common goal,”

With that kind of record I think it's safe to say that Dougher is unlikely to be winning anymore big poker tournaments anytime soon.

Thomas Dougher isn't the first successful poker player to end up on the wrong side of the law this year. Back in August disturbing police footage showed a clearly deranged Jason Funke, who cashed in this summer's WSOP Main Event being shot by police outside a Las Vegas church after he bizarrely stumbled around naked in the church's parking lot holding a semi-automatic weapon.



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