LAS VEGAS (AP) — A poker pro who has won millions of dollars in tournaments is fighting felony theft and bad check charges in Las Vegas, where a casino accuses him of failing to repay $215,000 in gambling debts.

William “Ted” Forrest’s defense attorney, Chris Rasmussen, said Friday client believes his longstanding dispute with the Wynn Las Vegas resort is a civil issue, not a criminal matter.

Forrest appeared Thursday before a judge who let him remain free without bail pending an Oct. 18 preliminary hearing to determine if the case will be tried in state court.

Forrest is accused of failing to repay debts underwritten by IOUs known as casino markers at the Wynn casino in October 2012 and May 2013.

Forrest has won six World Series of Poker event championships since 1993.

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