Poker dealer, 86, ID'd in fatal pedestrian accident - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Poker dealer, 86, ID'd in fatal pedestrian accident

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The Clark County Coroner's office identified an 86-year-old Reno man who died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Rainbow Boulevard.

The coroner's office said Richard Charles Turnbull was the person who died on Thursday.

Las Vegas Metro police reported the incident just before 9:30 p.m. on Rainbow near Spring Valley Parkway.

Detectives said the man was trying to cross Rainbow and was not in the crosswalk when he was hit by a 1996 Honda Civic

The man was taken to University Medical Center for treatment, where he later died.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

FOX5 learned Friday Turnbull was working as a dealer at the World Series of Poker at the time of his death.

Tournament director Jack Effel paid tribute to Turnbull at Friday's session, talking about the 86-year-old's experience as a dealer before leading a moment of silence.

"He was one of those dealers, you'd see him and say, 'Hey, how's it going Richard?' He'd smile and he'd brighten your day," said Effel.

Turnbull was extremely popular among poker players.

"Richard you remembered because he greeted you by name," said poker player and Hold'em Radio host Dan Ross. "He made a point of making eye contact, welcoming you to the table."

In most cases, dealers are only remembered for being responsible for big wins or big losses.

Turnbull's personality transcended the cards he dealt at the table.

"Win or lose, most everyone I came across held Richard in the highest regard," Effel said.

According to a spokesperson with WSOP, Turnbull worked as a poker dealer for 38 years, including stints at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. He began dealing at the WSOP in 2007.

Turnbull was recognized as the oldest dealer in 2012 World Series event.

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