Woman arrested in $1M theft from Las Vegas poker pro Esfandiari

  • An Arizona woman, who allegedly stole about $1 million in cash kind from a global poker champion and his father, was arrested.
  • Silva Svitlana, 46, allegedly used the cash and chips to bet in high-stake poker games.
  • The suspect reportedly lived with the champion’s father, Bejan, on and off for many months.
  • She was bailed out and is waiting for the scheduled case in October at the Las Vegas Justice Court.

An Arizona woman, who allegedly stole about $1 million in cash, jewelry, and gambling chips from a global poker champion and his father, was arrested. She reportedly used the cash and chips to bet in high-stake poker games.  

Svitlana Silva, 46, was booked on Sunday at the Clark County Detention Center after being charged for residential burglary and possession of stolen property worth $100,000 or more.

The poker champion, Antonio Esfandiari, and his father, Bejan, called the police on 14th July to report that they had come back to their condominium at Panorama Towers, 4575 Dean Martin Rd, and found out that a substantial amount of valuables were missing from their safe, according to a Las Vegas police arrest report for Silva.

The stolen items were $150,000 in cash, between $300,000-$500,000 in poker chips, a platinum diamond bracelet worth $350,000, a Hublot Aerofusion watch worth $35,000, a Patek Philippe watch worth $7,000, a Cartier watch worth $6,000, a Gucci silver watch valued at $2,000, and a gold suitcase.

Esfandiari has been an established poker player for about two decades. The Hendon Mob Poker Database shows that he has over $27 million in career tournament revenue. The WSOP website indicates that Esfandiari has won three World Series of Poker bracelets, including a win in the 2012 $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for over $18 million.

The two told the police that Silva lived with Bejan on and off for many months. On several occasions, they left her alone in the condo. Moreover, Bejan said that Silva had been using his iPad and iPhone regularly, gadgets that had passcodes that were almost similar to his bedroom door and safe’s key code.

When the police interviewed Silva, she told them about her moving out of the condo in March. The suspect added that she occasionally stays with Esfandiari’s father on brief visits.

Police said Silva was a prime suspect in the theft because she had access to the condo where goods went missing. She also played poker at two casinos that belonged to the victims, Aria and Bellagio, using the same dollar amount in poker chips that were stolen.

Police added that they arrested the suspect and found in her possession Bellagio chips worth $25,000, Aria resort chips worth $25,000, and “large amounts of cash.”

A Bellagio gaming manager told the police that Silva showed up at the property around August 11 and played poker with large amounts of cash.

The suspect was bailed out of jail and is waiting for the scheduled case in October at the Las Vegas Justice Court.

As of Friday morning, Antonio Esfandiari was unreachable for comment.

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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