Stephen Paddock, the gambler who committed the bloodiest mass shooting in modern American history in Las Vegas in 2017, may have held bitterness about how he and other high rollers were treated by casinos, according to a trove of recently revealed FBI records.
A more complete picture of the shooter’s compulsive gambling behaviors is also provided by the extensively redacted papers, which include containing hundreds of pages of investigative records, evidence inventories, and interviews with persons who knew Paddock.
58 people were killed and approximately 500 more were injured when Paddock opened fire on a gathering of concertgoers from a window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in October 2017.
The day after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, the FBI launched its investigation. It concluded it more than a year later, saying it had not been able to determine the precise reason for Paddock’s act. Before authorities could enter his hotel room, the shooter shot himself to death and left no note.
A fellow gambler who was questioned by authorities after the assault said that Paddock had become enraged about how casinos generally treated VIP players, despite the FBI’s 2019 assertion that Paddock’s actions were not motivated by a grievance against any specific casino or hotel.
According to the records, the gambler, whose identity has been deleted, told the FBI that Paddock was “upset at the way casinos were treating him and other high rollers,” and that he thought the anger may have led the shooter to “snap.”
According to the records, the gambler said that while casinos traditionally provided high rollers with privileges like free cruises and flights, he thought the venues’ attitude toward such players had altered in the years before to the massacre, including prohibiting them from specific hotels or casinos.
The gambler said that Paddock had been barred from three of the casinos in Reno, Nevada, where he often played.
The gambler said that the Mandalay Bay “was not treating Paddock properly since a player of his caliber should have been on a higher floor in a penthouse apartment.”
It is unclear how the gambler knew Paddock because of the redactions.
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The Shooter Was A “Prolific Video Poker Player”
According to others questioned by the FBI, Paddock had spent – and lost – enormous sums of money at casinos in order to become the top player he felt himself to be.
According to the records, the fellow gambler informed investigators that Paddock had a bankroll of between $2 and $3 million.
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According to the gambler, the shooter would often spend 6 to 8 hours per day playing at casinos, and on occasion up to 18 hours per day.
According to the records, investigators also interviewed a lady who worked at the Tropicana Las Vegas casino and resort, which is located only a short distance from the Mandalay Bay on the Strip. She said that Paddock visited there about every three months.
According to the records, she characterized Paddock as a “prolific video poker player” who solely wanted to speak about gambling.
She told the FBI that during a three-day visit to the casino in September 2017, Paddock lost $38,000.
In 2017, Paddock claimed to earn his living from gambling and that he lost roughly $1 million annually. According to the brokers, he paid $369,022 in cash for the house they sold him in 2014.
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