Poker Pro Found Dead in Amsterdam Canal Had Mobile Stolen

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Nagesh Rath
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Poker Pro Found Dead in Amsterdam Canal Had Mobile Stolen

An investigation continues into the death of a young British poker player, Richard Cole.

The 30-year-old was found drowned in an Amsterdam canal after being reported missing late last month.  Dogs picked up on his scent days later. 

This weekend it was reported that Dutch police are in search of the individual(s) who were seen in surveillance video stealing Cole’s mobile phone the night of his drowning.  Law enforcement has stopped short of ruling his death foul play, however.

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Police also said they had identified a taxi driver believed to have been the last person to see Cole just minutes before he went missing.

The poker player was traveling from Copenhagen to Assen via Amsterdam. The Thorbeckepleim area of the city was his last known location.

Cole's Las Vegas-based girlfriend, Alicia Marie told the BBC he had been out drinking with some individuals he just met:

"He had been out with some people he had just met, which is common for Richard as he is very friendly. I just said to be careful, please go home, get a cab. We got off the phone and I texted him a picture of his address to show his cab but it never went through."

Cole, who was from Dursley in Gloucestershire, had amassed some $33,000 in live tournament winnings over the years. 

- Nagesh Rath, Gambling911.com