Woman Arrested For ‘Stealing $ 1 Million, Betting Chips & Jewelry From Poker Champion Antonio Esfandiari’
A woman has been arrested on charges of stealing about $ 1 million in valuables, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in gambling chips and countless expensive jewelry from poker champion Antonio Esfandiari and his father.
The Las Vegas player and his father Bejan Esfandiari returned home from a trip to California on July 13 and found $ 150,000 in cash and $ 300,000 to $ 500,000 in poker chips missing from a safe.
They claim that 46-year-old Svitlana Silva from Arizona broke into the house while she was away packing supplies including a platinum diamond bracelet worth $ 350,000, numerous designer watches worth between $ 2,000 and $ 35,000 each and a gold carry-on bag .
The men reported the break-in on July 14, but on August 22, they alerted police about a poker tournament she had been involved in a few days earlier on August 19.
Svitlana Silva, 46, is charged with burglary after about $ 1 million in valuables went missing in the home of a poker champion and his father in July
Poker champion Antonio Esfandiari and his father Bejan found items missing in their July absence
Silva reportedly lost several rounds in the games in which she bought herself for $ 5,000, then $ 20,000, and twice for $ 30,000.
She later returned with a safe containing $ 300,000 in chips from Aria and the Bellagio, according to a police report.
Silva lost $ 100,000 in Aria chips but, according to police, won after buying in with $ 200,000 in Bellagio chips.
After winning that round, she cashed in the game, but later tried to buy back some of the chips she had previously lost.
Although the winner declined, Silva reportedly texted them afterwards: “Hey, forgot to tell you my chips have a special mark on the computer, so if they’re stolen, they can’t cash out.”
It is unclear who shared the details of Silva’s alleged actions during the tournament.
Silva – whose husband and son live in Arizona – divides her time between the state and Nevada. Her Facebook profile states that she works at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, the World Series Poker Game and studied computer engineering in Ukraine.
In 2012, Iranian-born Antonio Esfandiari, 41, won $ 18 million in the $ 1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop – the second-largest win in the tournament’s history. Esfandiari accuses Silva of bringing numerous designer watches worth between $ 2,000 and $ 35,000 each. It is in the picture in 2005
Bejan Esfandiari told police that she lived with him in the apartment on and off for several months (pictured) and she may have learned the access code to his safe, as it is similar to that of his bedroom lock, phone and iPad, which he has let its use
In 2012, Iranian-born Antonio Esfandiari, 41, won $ 18 million in the $ 1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop – the second-largest win in the tournament’s history.
Bejan Esfandiari told police that she lived on and off with him for several months and may have learned the passcode for his safe, as it is similar to that of his bedroom lock, phone and iPad, which he let her use.
Among the missing items is an Aerofusion Hublot watch worth $ 35,000, Cartier watch worth $ 6,000, Gucci Silver watch worth $ 2,000, and Patek-Phillippe watch worth $ 2,000 of $ 7,000.
Bejan said she had a key to the apartment, but Silva claims she returned the key. She reportedly admitted to the police that she knew where to find a spare key.
Police allege that Silva changed her story about the alleged burglary and theft.
Police said she initially said she had had the chips for several years, but later said another man stole the chips from the safe and a friend gave her the chips.
Silva’s husband told police she got the tokens from a safe from one of the men.
Silva was arrested in the Aria parking lot on August 22, carrying $ 25,000 in Aria chips and the same amount of Bellagio chips.
She was admitted to 22 Clark County Detention Center on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property under the value of $ 100,000.
Silva has since been released on bail.
She will appear in court in October.
Her Facebook profile states that she works at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, the World Series Poker Game and studied computer engineering in Ukraine
The men told police that $ 300,000 to $ 500,000 worth of poker chips had disappeared from a safe. Silva was arrested in the Aria parking lot on August 22, carrying $ 25,000 in Aria chips and the same amount of Bellagio chips. File image