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Pay Your Gambling Debts, or Get Bit (By Rattle Snakes!)

Two Colorado men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly trying to kill Matthew Sowash by using rattlesnakes as deadly weapons. Sowash is the owner of Amateur Poker Tour and the two men say they are owed $60,000. Amateur Poker Tour hosts Texas Hold’em-style poker games in Denver area bars.

After receiving threatening emails, Sowash contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The found that the plan was to build a wood box to house the snakes and it would allow Sowash’s legs to place inside but not come out.

The two men arrested were Herbert Beck and Christopher Steelman. According to arrest affidavits, “The final and most disturbing method to Steelman was Beck wanting to kidnap Sowash’s children and use them as leverage to get the money from Sowash.”

Bail has been set at $500,000 a piece and the charges are suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and extortion.

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