Berlin meets the Mob

IT’S THE KIND OF story you would sooner expect to find in the pages of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale than in the local section of Berlin’s daily newspapers. Last Saturday afternoon, between four and seven masked men armed with revolvers and at least one machete stormed Berlin’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on Potsdamer Platz during a high-stakes poker game. They went straight for the cashier and filled their sacks with up to € 250,000 in cash. A brief panic ensued and several guests were slightly injured. “I was sitting at the table when suddenly the crowd jumped to their feet,” one young player told journalists. “Everybody started running, but nobody knew what was going on.”…

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