Poker Pro Darren Elias' NJ Home Allegedly Robbed by Small-Time Player3 weeks ago
A poker career comprised of live cashes totaling $37,745 was apparently not good enough for Shannon Soroka, who would much rather have the $7,101,927 in live tournament results (and wealth) of Darren Elias.
So much so that Soroka attempted to rob Elias' home in New Jersey.
That's what police in Medford Township are saying after Soroka, 24, allegedly broke into the house and held a gun on Elias' 19-year-old babysitter as he searched the home for money and things of value. Elias and his wife weren't home at the time.
The teen-aged babysitter was eventually locked in the bathroom and showed some real moxie by escaping out of a window and calling the cops from a neighbor's house. By that time, Soroka had fled, but was later arrested on a slew of charges that may keep him away from the low buy-in East Coast poker tournaments that he's been known to frequent.
Soroka's last cash recorded by the Hendon Mob was a 2nd place finish at the $300 buy-in October Monster Stacks in 2018 at the Borgata for $5,748. Four months earlier, he notched the largest score of his career after winning a $200 + $30 event at the Parx Casino for $7,514.
If he has any of that prize money left, it may be headed for the pockets of defense attorneys who have to contend with charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and making terroristic threats.
Thankfully, the babysitter and Elias' two-year-old weren't harmed in the ordeal. It's not known what was taken in the robbery attempt, but Elias told reporters that he's quite sure that Soroka knew of his success at the poker table and that this incident wasn't the first time he'd been targeted.
Elias is fresh off a 3rd place finish at the $10,000 WPT Championship Main Event at the L.A. Poker Classic for $473,280. Meanwhile, Soroka is being detained at the Burlington County Jail.
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