Brit Poker Player Damon Smith Won £500 Hours before Alleged Bomb Plot

Damon Smith poker win before bomb plot.

Damon Smith won £500 playing online poker just hours before he was arrested for an alleged bomb plot. (Image:

Damon Smith, the teenager suspected of planting a bomb on the London Tube Underground, reportedly won £500 playing poker on the day he carried out his alleged plot.

Following his arrest on October 20, Smith has been detained in custody for what London police officers have described as possession of a “viable device.” Under British Terrorism Act of 2006, the production and distribution of a bomb carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Smith Banks a Win before Arrest

As yet the authorities haven’t formally charged Smith, but forensic teams have been spotted at several of his previous addresses.

In addition to searching his possessions, the officers have also interviewed Smith’s friends and family which has revealed he was a keen poker player.

Although he doesn’t have any significant cashes on the live circuit, the latest reports suggest he won £500 playing online poker just hours before he planted a suspect device on the Tube.

According to a report by The Sun, a neighbour of Smith said he was playing poker just hours before he was arrested.

“His mum said he played poker until 4am on his computer,” said June Youlton.

Although there has been no suggestion that his passion for poker fueled his alleged desire to blow up a train, the fact it’s become a focus for the mainstream media doesn’t exactly paint the game in the best light.

Indeed, with online poker players often being depicted as socially awkward recluses, it could cause some to question whether or not we should be monitoring those who spent a lot of time grinding on the Internet.

Government to Review FOBTs

While poker and terrorism are being implicitly linked by the mainstream media, the government has been discussing fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Speaking to the media on October 24, culture, media and sport minister Tracey Crouch stated that the government is going to take a “close look” at the virtual betting machines.

With estimates suggesting that 600,000 people in the UK now fall into the “problem gambling” category, ministers will now assess the impact of FOBTs on individuals and communities. The review will take into account a range of factors, including: measures to protect children, maximum stakes and the prizes players can win.

The FOBT debate is one that’s been raging on for a number of years with anti-gambling advocates calling for much tighter controls on the industry. In response, betting operators have introduced their own measures to tackle the issue of problem gambling, such as a £50 maximum stake.

However, the fact remains that high street bookmakers make a huge amount of money from these machines.

In turn, this money gets put back into the government in the form of taxes. With this being the case, the government could find itself having to balance two conflicting issues in a bid to bring some sort of harmony to the FOBT debate.

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