WSOP Flasher Ken Strauss Declared Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial on Terrorism Charge

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WSOP Flasher Ken Strauss Declared Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial on Terrorism Charge
07:06
19 Oct

Ken Strauss, the ‘naked bandit’ who shocked the WSOP this summer by flashing and later found himself arrested on terrorism charges, has been declared unfit to stand trial and sent to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely.


Strauss’ sad plight began when he lost the plot during the Main Event in July, dropping his trousers to expose his genitals and throwing a shoe on the poker table.


Disqualified from the event, Strauss then put on a similar bizarre performance at the nearby Luxor casino, before resurfacing later that month on Twitter with some seriously worrying comments.


 That led to police eventually arresting Strauss and discovering that he had been thrown out of two Vegas hotels, one for allegedly enticing a young boy to his room.

Strauss was indicted on “one count of making threats or conveying false information concerning acts of terrorism” but refused to attend his court hearing last Friday.

In his absence, Clark County Chief District Judge Linda Bell declared Strauss mentally incompetent to stand trial, on the advice of two psychologists’ reports.

Judge Bell is reported yesterday as having ‘signed a commitment order, sending Strauss to the Lake’s Crossing Center’ in Sparks, Nevada for psychiatric evaluation and possibly treatment for his mental illness.


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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