Two men have been charged over an alleged robbery reminiscent of a Hollywood mafia movie beginning with a high-stakes card game and ending in a shooting.
Kenny Wang was shot in the face and had six teeth knocked out when two men allegedly broke into his Sydney apartment to rob a private poker game.
Police are certain the armed intruders had inside knowledge of the poker tournament and would have been aware there was at least $10,000 in prize money.
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New South Wales police are pictured arresting a man in relation to the poker match robbery
Kenny Wang (pictured) was shot in the face and had six teeth knocked out when two men allegedly broke into his Sydney apartment to rob his private poker game
Mr Wang and nine others were sitting down to a game of high-stakes Texas Holdem on June 13 in Wolli Creek when police say the two forced their way in and demanded cash and mobile phones.
He was then pistol-whipped and shot at close range in the face.
Mr Wang was later rushed to St George Hospital where he underwent surgery.
Mr Wang’s jaw was badly broken but he survived the terrifying attack.
Detectives say the robbery was a well planned, targeted operation.
‘There is no doubt that these perpetrators had some inside knowledge that there was going to be some cash in the premises that night,’ Detective Acting Superintendent Grant Taylor said.
Investigators say the men who allegedly robbed the poker game had ‘inside knowledge’ there would be large sums of money on hand
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators, with assistance from the Tactical Operations Unit executed three search warrants at properties in Pemulwuy, Homebush West, and Fairfield on Wednesday.
A 24 and 23 year old were arrested during the raids and later charged with armed robbery causing grievous bodily harm.
The searches also uncovered a pellet gun, an electronic stun device and mobiles phones, as well as cannabis and cocaine, police said.
While there are some restrictions around wagering on card games in New South Wales, it is not illegal to host a private poker tournament with friends.
Despite the arrests, detectives say their investigations are still ongoing.
The searches carried out at various Sydney properties also uncovered a pellet gun, an electronic stun device and mobiles phones, as well as cannabis and cocaine, police said
Detectives say the robbery was a well planned, targeted operation and that their inquires are continuing