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Man who exposed himself during WSOP found incompetent to stand trial

A man who exposed himself during the World Series of Poker Main Event before being charged with posting threats against a Strip casino on social media was found incompetent to stand trial on Friday.

Kenneth Strauss, 45, refused to attend a court hearing where Chief District Judge Linda Bell reviewed findings from a pair of psychologists. The judge ordered Strauss sent to one of two psychiatric hospitals for an undetermined period.

He was indicted in August on one count of making threats or conveying false information concerning an act of terrorism.

Prosecutors said that in social media posts Strauss threatened to destroy The Venetian.

When he was arrested July 27, Strauss mumbled to himself “kill them all,” according to a police report.

Earlier that day, Strauss tweeted: “Shootings are taking place all over Las Vegas. Please leave me alone @VenetianVegas I have no place to go currently. And all Casinos that have me banned will be destroyed effective immediately. And @Rio, get my belongings together immediately when @POTUS declares safe I’m going.”

According to various media reports, Strauss exposed his genitalia during the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 buy-in Main Event, which drew more than 8,500 players earlier in July. He was disqualified from the tournament.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.

Contact David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Follow @randompoker on Twitter.

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