2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer was arrested in a prostitution sting at a Wake Forest hotel earlier this week.
The Wake Forest Police Department said that Raymer was one of six men arrested after responding to a message posted by an undercover policemen acting as a female prostitute.
Raymer is facing charges of prostitution and attempted crimes against nature.
Raymer released a statement through his attorney Wade M. Smith apologizing for the embarrassing arrest.
“Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment,” Smith said.
“He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends and fans.
“Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.”
Raymer burst onto the poker scene at the 2004 World Series of Poker when he won the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ‘em Main Event and took home the first place prize of $5,000,000.
The following year Raymer made another deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 25th, a feat that is considered one of the most impressive in the history of the World Series of Poker.
In recent years Raymer has been a strong advocate for the rights of poker players and is a member of the board of directors for the Poker Players Alliance.
Raymer had an extremely successful 2012 poker season claiming four separate tournament victories on the Heartland Poker Tour for a total score of $371,967.
The forty-eight- year old is currently placed 38th on the All Time Poker Tournament Money list with $ 7,391,123 in career earnings.
It remains to be seen how his arrest will affect Raymer’s poker career or his work with the Poker Players Alliance.
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