Federal investigators are looking into the unsettling case of George Janssen, a poker player from Michigan and four-time World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Ring winner. According to shocking developments, Janssen was abducted and held captive for more than a month as part of a complex two-year extortion scheme.
According to local sources, Janssen, who was from Bad Axe, Michigan, was discovered with his wrists bound with zip ties and blood all over his body on a desolate Meade Township road. The startling revelation came when Janssen signaled for assistance from a passing car. Guy claimed to have been held hostage for a month and that his wrists were zip-tied, according to a dispatcher who described the events.
Poker Pro Victim of a Two-Year Conspiracy
Investigators suspect Janssen, a well-known poker player with a distinguished career and a previous owner of a car dealership, became involved in a two-year extortion scheme. According to people familiar with the case, he was taken hostage by two or three people and imprisoned in a Toledo home for a torturous thirty-five days. On December 16, he was then brought back to Hurron County.
On November 13, Janssen’s family first reported him missing. His automobile was found by a family acquaintance, scattered over the floor with many $50 notes, offering a startling window into the terrifying experience.
With four WSOP Circuit Rings to his name, Janssen is well-known for his mastery at the tables. Among his accomplishments is his triumph in the 2023 WSOP Michigan Circuit Super Series Event #3 – $20,000 NLH 6-Max, when he took home $6,281. When Janssen won the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event in September, it was a momentous occasion that brought him his best career pay of $82,823.
The poker community is currently watching this horrific situation unfold with worry as one of their own works through the repercussions. As the inquiry proceeds, more light is being brought to the shadowy aspects of the poker game.
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