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Poker Pro Arrested in Double Murder

27/2/2009
A pro poker player in the US has been arrested and charged with the double homicide of his mother and father.

30 year old Ernest Scherer III, whose father Ernest Scherer Jr. was also a professional player, is accused of murdering his parents, whom he owed over half a million dollars.

The reported gambling addict also had thousands of dollars in credit card debt and was behind on mortgage payments, police said.

A professional poker player suspected of killing his mother and poker pro father last year in California has been arrested and charged in the slayings.

The murder suspect is being held in Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas without bail and awaits extradition to California, police said. He was charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances and two counts of murder for financial gain, and if convicted, could face the death penalty.

According to tournament records, murder victim Ernest Scherer Jr. finished in the money in six poker tournaments in his career, winning a total of $25,108. His biggest win came at the 2007 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where he finished in 18th place in an Omaha event, winning $7,775. At that same WSOP, he finished in 47th place in another Omaha tournament and won $3,956, and in 142nd place in a no-limit Texas hold ‘em tourney and won $3,792.

Also according to tournament records, accused double-murderer Ernest Scherer III finished in the money in 23 poker tournaments in his career, winning a total of $298,847. Among his biggest wins was at the 2006 WSOP, where he finished in eighth place in a limit Texas hold ‘em tournament and won $34,362. He also cashed at two other ‘06 WSOP events.
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