December 5, 2021

Poker player sues Derby poker room after being shot in his parking lot

A Florida man and his wife are suing a poker room after he and another poker player were shot dead in an attempted theft in the parking lot.

Filipp Khavin is suing Derby Poker in Florida after being shot in his parking lot. (Image: Facebook / Million Dollar Poker)

Filipp Khavin was shot in the stomach while driving to his car after playing poker at Derby Lane poker room in St. Petersburg on November 20, 2019. Documents for the trial was filed Monday in Pinellas County.

Khavin is a 30-year-old poker player with over $ 1 million in tournament winnings, most recently on Tuesday, when he finished 21st at the $ 1,600 Wynn Fall Classic in Las Vegas for $ 3,268. He has over $ 100,000 in WSOP event winnings and has won the $ 1,000 WPT Deepstacks Immokalee in 2016 for $ 59,742.

He and his wife, Charis, have filed a lawsuit against the owners of Derby Lane, St. Petersburg Kennel Club Inc., for at least $ 30,000. The lawsuit claims company executives were aware of the dangers lurking in their parking lots overnight and did nothing about it. The summons was served at the St. Petersburg Kennel Club on September 27 and requests a jury trial. The trial does not say whether the perpetrator fled with money or whether any arrests were made. Neither Mr. nor Ms. Khavin could be reached for comment.

Easy targets?

Khavin and his fellow poker player Chad Pease were attacked and shot by a man as they were about to get into their car at around 2 a.m.

Pease was shot in the hand, but managed to open his car with his remote and fled to an Applebee about four miles from where he gathered and called the police. With bullet holes in his abdomen, Khavin couldn’t go anywhere.

Police who arrived at the scene around 10 minutes after the incident described the injuries as not life threatening, although both players were taken to hospital.

Khavin and Pease both did valet parking when they showed up to play Chad’s Game that afternoon. But, according to the lawsuit, Derby Lane shuts down valet parking at midnight, despite knowing the history of the thefts that have taken place in its parking lot and the large sums its poker players often carry.

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A recently filed lawsuit claims Derby Lane parking can become unsafe after valet parking ends at midnight. (Image: Tampa Bay Times)

The property still does not offer valet parking after midnight.

A history of complaints

The lawsuit explains how attractive a poker room parking lot can be to criminals and essentially accuses Derby Lane of setting up a honeypot for thieves looking to attack people carrying large amounts of money. money.

In the complaint, Khavin’s attorneys note that Derby Lane has often advertised that it hosts poker games with prize pools of at least $ 50,000, and that individual poker hands in the cash games exceeded 200,000. $. In addition, the complainants state that:

  • Derby Lane knew that large amounts of cash were routinely brought in and out of Derby Lane premises, and that large amounts of cash were an attractive target for criminal activity.
  • Derby Lane management was aware of the long history of crime in the car park, including the Derby Lane valet parking lot.
  • Derby Lane knew that its customers often carry large sums of cash with them in the parking lot, including the valet parking lot.
  • Derby Lane customers have also repeatedly informed Derby Lane management that there is a need for increased and better security in the Derby Lane car park, including the valet parking, and have requested that Derby Lane provide increased and better security in the parking lot, including valet parking. .
  • Despite these repeated demands for increased and better safety, and despite the awareness of the need for increased and better safety, Derby Lane has refused to provide increased and better safety.

A representative for Derby Lane said the poker room cannot comment on the pending legal issues.

When presented in a scene in Oceans 11, Derby Lane was the longest greyhound track in the world until voters in Florida passed Amendment 13 in 2018, banning greyhound racing. The last race was on December 27, 2020. Now the property is home to a poker room and simulcast betting, but county commissioners eyeing the century-old site as the next home for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Written by

Bob pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who has never met a matched connector he didn’t like.

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