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Gambler rewards Gerardo Gamboa, driver who returned $300K left in cab

Gerardo Gamboa
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A poker player who left $300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi made good on his promise this week, handing over a $10,000 reward to the honest cabbie who returned the stash.

Yellow Checker Star Cab Company CEO Bill Shranko confirmed Friday that Gerardo Gamboa had been paid by the poker player. The cab company also honored the driver's good deed by naming him employee of the year, awarding him $1,000 and giving him a gift certificate to a Las Vegas steakhouse.

It's unclear how Gamboa plans to spend the belated Christmas gift. He did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Friday.

The tale, first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, started Monday when Gamboa made a pickup at the Bellagio casino. A hotel doorman noticed a brown paper bag on the back seat and handed it to him; Gamboa thought it was candy.

The driver said he had another passenger by the time he began wondering what kind of chocolates were in the brown paper bag. He peeked inside at a traffic light and spotted the cash.

"I told my passenger, 'You are my witness on this,'" the 13-year taxi driver told the Las Vegas Sun, "and then I immediately called my dispatcher."

Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to the company's main office, where Las Vegas police and casino officials linked it to the poker player.

It took several hours to verify the identity of the owner and return the cash. Authorities aren't identifying the poker player.

Before he learned about the anonymous gambler's gift, Gamboa said he wasn't in it for the money.

"If he doesn't give me anything, that's OK," Gamboa told the Sun earlier this week. "I'm not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and I appreciate what the company did for me."

Vegas Cab Driver Finds, Returns $300K

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oncebitten56 December 29 2013 at 10:48 AM

Totally awesome!!!! It's good to see that there are still honest people out there! I am also happy to see that others appreciated what he did and rewarded him for it....

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yankebob December 29 2013 at 10:38 AM

may the lord watch over this man . he is a good man

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yardomd2 December 29 2013 at 8:24 AM

Buy BRK/B shares, make 19% a year. Don't let anybody mess with it. You will need it when you retire.

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Pat December 29 2013 at 7:05 AM

How rich do you have to be, to totally forget about the 300K lying on the seat

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jijjhnsn December 29 2013 at 7:33 AM

He must have lost bigger than he left behind that he was preoccupied and wondering how in the world.

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LOU December 29 2013 at 6:05 AM

A GOOD MAN THERE SHOULD BE MORE LIKE THAT

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JOSEPH G MATTERA December 29 2013 at 5:31 AM

STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES; WOULD HAVE KEPT THE MONEY;
I NEVER USE TO BE THIS WAY;
BUT I HAVE CHANGED; DUE TO THE PATHETIC DOUBLE STANDARD BS THIS ADMINISTRATION IS CRAMING DOWN OUR THROATS..........

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MANNY December 29 2013 at 4:48 AM

I'm very proud of him. Yan ang PINOY ( a FILIPINO),
very honest.

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rozcro December 29 2013 at 4:45 AM

It's great he got a reward, but really, all he did was the moral thing to return something that was lost. Why should he get $10,000 for doing the right thing?

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palmspringslife December 29 2013 at 3:10 AM

I'd been watching this story after hearing the cabbie received $1000.00 for his company (good for them) BUT NOTHING ABOUT A REWARD FROM THE GUY WHO LEFT THE MONEY.
Glad to see this guy stepped up to the plate and did the right thing; Good for him...and good for the cab driver.

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kluj1 December 29 2013 at 4:02 AM

It says the gambler ( the guy who left the money) gave him a 10,000 reward and his company gave him 1000.

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jijjhnsn December 29 2013 at 7:37 AM

See update.

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bosswuff December 29 2013 at 2:38 AM

it's all B.S.- aint no professional gambler in the world dumb- stoopid enuff to leave his stake ina cab and get out at a casino without his 'shot.' it's just some 'ol kim kardashian stunt. u see this every day now. a publicity stunt.............

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ankelutz December 29 2013 at 3:59 AM

who cares ... ?!

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daredevil3333 December 29 2013 at 12:58 PM

Awesome ! Everyone should be this honest .

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