Police in an area north of Toronto, Canada are searching for a suspect in the beating of a poker player over a gambling debt.
On Dec. 1, investigators with the York Regional Police released surveillance video of an assault that took place at an “illegal gaming den” in the town of Richmond Hill. The crime happened on June 9, but police said they have “exhausted all leads” and are now “appealing to the public for assistance to identify” the suspect.
When police arrived at the scene of the assault, they found a 28-year-old male victim “suffering from serious injuries.” He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“Investigators have been able to determine that the victim attended the gaming den and was confronted by the suspect regarding an outstanding debt who proceeded to assault him,” a police statement read.
There was widespread rumor on the internet that the victim was controversial poker player Salomon Ponte, self-described on social media as the “Hashtag King.” A spokesperson for the York Regional Police Department told Card Player that it wouldn’t say whether or not the victim was Ponte.
Ponte, who has $400,000 in lifetime tournament earnings, is from Toronto and is roughly the same age of the victim, if not the same age, according to a January 2016 article from PokerNewsthat cited his age at the time as 26.
The poker pro raised some eyebrows in the poker community for his behavior on a video-tapped cash game on “Poker Night in America” earlier this year. Ponte was felted in the $25-$50 cash game and later asked the table for a stake. He also issued offensive insults toward a fellow player’s wife. Furthermore, Ponte was insistent that Doug Polk, who was also a competitor in the game, play him in a $1 million heads-up match.
Police said the suspect is of Middle-Eastern decent and stands six feet, three inches tall. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241.