Mike Gracz Nabbed in North Carolina Casino Raid; Chris Bell Named in Warrant

MichaelgraczLate Sunday night, poker players Mike Gracz and Chris Bell were nabbed in a casino raid in North Carolina.

According to the News & Observer, the casino was a major operation that had "craps and blackjack tables, a roulette wheel, more than a dozen Texas Hold ’em poker tables, [and] a full-service restaurant…"

Gracz owns both a WPT title and a WSOP bracelet and has banked over $2.8M in tournament winnings.

With two WPT final tables to his credit, Bell has over $1.2M in career tournament earnings.

According to the article, a search warrant "indicated the casino was operated by Christopher Bell of Raleigh," Jody McClure Garaventa of Youngsville and Marvin Ray Johnson.

However, rumors are swirling in the poker world that while Bell is named in the warrant, he is not, in fact, one of the casino operators, and the article states that "efforts to reach those charges failed."

Read the full News & Observer article here.

Thanks to WCP reader Rob for the link to this story.


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