Dealer for World Series of Poker killed while crossing street

Joyce Lupiani

Dealer for World Series of Poker killed while crossing street

CREATED Jun. 21, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The elderly man struck and killed by a car on Thursday night has been identified as 86-year-old Richard Charles Turnbull from Reno.

According to Las Vegas police, Turnbull was crossing Rainbow Boulevard, south of Spring Valley Parkway South, when he was hit by a 1996 Honda that was traveling southbound.

Turnbull was not in a marked crosswalk. He was transported to University Medical Center and was pronounced dead there by attending medical personnel.

Turnbull was in Las Vegas because of the World Series of Poker. He had been a poker dealer for 38 years and was one of the dealers for this year's WSOP.

Turnbull moved to Reno in 1978 and was employed by the Grand Sierra Resort.

The WSOP released the following statement:

“We’re devastated to hear one of the WSOP’s own is no longer with us.  Richard Turnbull has been dealing poker for 38 years, has been an American hero serving his country as part of the Navy in World War II and was emblematic of all that is good.  Our condolences and prayers go out to his family.”

Turnbull was honored with a special ceremony last year for being their oldest dealer.

This was the 46th traffic-related fatality in Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.

The collision remains under investigation.