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Anthony Carleo - Dumbass of the Year

4 February 2011, By: compncards
Anthony Carleo
Anthony Carleo

On December 14th, a robbery occurred at the Bellagio in Las Vegas that resulted in approximately $1.5 million in chips being stolen from the casino. Most of these chips were in $25,000 denominations. The culprit was caught on Wednesday when 29-year-old Anthony Carleo was arrested and charged.

Oh, but it gets better folks.

How did this guy get caught you might think to yourself? Well, this "real man of genius" decided that maybe it was a good idea to private message people on the TwoPlusTwo forums in an attempt to sell the chips.

Why did he steal the chips? This guy owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in gambling debts. So what does he do? Steal from the highest profile casino in the world, and in a large enough denomination so that nobody will be able to easily use them. Good job buddy.

How much did police recover? $900,000 in chips. That's right folks. This guy managed to get $600,000 worth of chips either sold off or used in some shape or form.  I wonder if any TwoPlusTwo'ers bought chips that they will not be able to cash in now.

Oh, and here is the best part in my opinion.

He was staying at the Bellagio when he was caught.

Are you serious!!! How did THAT go down? Did he just pay in cash?  Was he somehow not suspected by staff at Bellagio?

It was claimed that he has lived the high-roller lifestyle some before, but you would think that after the robbery he would have been a little more cautious. This is the part of the story I would like to know more about. Guy robs your casino, and he winds up staying there a month and a half later when he gets caught.

I was thinking of giving Carleo the "Dumbass of the Month" award, but considering the way things went down in this scenario, I seriously doubt that anyone is going to top him, at least in the poker-related world. As such, I dub Anthony Carleo the official "Dumbass of the Year."


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  • compncards 10/02/2011 6:43pm (10 years ago)

    I honestly doubt anyone did as well. However, nothing would surprise me with this guy. But the guy did get rid of 600k, so they went somewhere. He supposedly only lost 125k at the casino. Hopefully nobody at 2+2 got scammed.

  • Provotrout 10/02/2011 6:36pm (10 years ago)

    Pretty sure nobody on 2+2 bought illegal chips. The poker players on that forum with the money to buy them are smart enough to steer clear. Note Barry Greenstein's statement that only a few dozen people in town had the ability to cash those chips. Anyone wealthy enough to be in that position would not risk their wealth for a few $25k chips.

  • RJ 09/02/2011 1:52am (10 years ago)

    Unbelievable I cannot believe this I agree with you compncards.

  • pokerfan 08/02/2011 6:51am (10 years ago)

    Instead of laughing at him maybe you could say a prayer for him and ask God to wrap his arms around him and lead him in the right direction.

  • compncards 08/02/2011 2:24am (10 years ago)

    Wow Jojo. He was actually facing drug charges too when he was arrested, but they didn't pursue those for whatever reason.

  • Jojo 08/02/2011 1:54am (10 years ago)

    Emily are you really defending him right now? I know him from my hometown Pueblo and he was nothing but a perverted scumbag. If his recent bs isn't bad enough he also got his cousin hooked on oxy who eventually died from an overdose of heroin. For someone to have compassion for this man is sickening.

  • compncards 05/02/2011 6:44pm (10 years ago)

    Exactly Derick. That is more of an reaction that I would expect from people that knew him. I expect Emily is close to him in some way, which is fine. Everyone has to have someone care for them. In this case, it is not me. Or Derick. Or a lot I would assume.

  • Derick 05/02/2011 6:58am (10 years ago)

    I knew this guy and have no compassion for him. What an idiot. In fact, you should have seen my reaction when I saw his mug on the news. "a point to the screen and laugh hysterically". Pretty much the same thing we did to him in Pueblo where I grew up. Who wears a full out suit to a college party in the first place. HA!!

  • compncards 05/02/2011 12:42am (10 years ago)

    So it's ok to hold up people at gunpoint. Steal 1.5 M from a Casino. Return to said casino to spend money. Sell drugs, and then try and rip people off because you could not manage you own life. If he is your friend and you are taking up for him, then fine. I get standing by your friend. Otherwise I wonder if your moral compass isn't a little askew. And for the record, if I knew him, I would have probably ripped into him worse

  • Emily 04/02/2011 10:03pm (10 years ago)

    Well all I have to say is that if you knew him you would show a bit more compassion. In my book you get that award you are so eager to give.