Professional Poker Player Was Tortured, Sexually Assaulted Before Burned to Death in Michigan, Police Reveal
Authorities released new details of Susie Zhao’s gruesome death as part of the investigation led by the FBI and White Lake Township police.
What happened: The 33-year-old professional poker player was allegedly tied up with zip-ties and sexually assaulted by a large object before being “lit on fire until she died,” in Michigan, according to the court documents, reported WXYZ.
White Lake Township Police Department has identified and confirmed the body of a badly burned woman found in the remote part of a Michigan park on July 13 as being professional poker player Susie Zhao.
The 33-year-old’s remains were discovered by a resident in a parking lot near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area at around 8 a.m., according to WXYZ.
2020 Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang has tweeted out in support of legalizing online poker in all 50 states.
In a tweet on Saturday, the 44-year-old former entrepreneur cites the risks of allowing illegal offshore sites and called attention to added tax revenue if poker was regulated at a federal level, Cardplayer noted.
In the middle of 2018, Natalie Teh Siew-po decided to quit her day job at a promising startup called iFlix (Asia’s answer to Netflix) to pursue playing poker full time.
Seven months later, Teh is now ranked 23rd on Malaysia’s all-time money list, the top female poker player in the country, with nearly $200,000 in total earnings. She is also the 25th-ranked female in the world, according to the South China Morning Post.
Many poker fans argued that John Cynn pulled a “slow roll” on his last hand during the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event which earned him an $8.8 million cash prize.
Even his opponent, Tony Miles, was heard on a microphone calling the move out when Cynn was announced the winner at the Rio All-SuiteHotel & Casino on Sunday, according to For The Win.
John Cynn captured poker’s world championship and a cool $8.8 million at the 2018 World Series of Poker main event by defeating Tony Miles early Sunday morning.
Drawing 7,874 players, this year’s $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event held at the Rio All-SuiteHotel & Casino is the second-largest field in the tournament’s history, generating a prize pool of $74,015,600.
At the age of 22, I graduated from a top U.S. university and was about to start a career in a coveted industry of management consulting in New York. On top of that, I won millions of dollars at the main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. By all accounts, I had “made it”, and was living out the “American dream”. But why wasn’t I happy? Was it in fact, my dream?
I grew up in what the media sees as the stereotypical Asian American experience as a model minority, a Korean American family bent on academic success above all else. My parents, children born in the aftermath of the Korean War, were conditioned to value survival and prosperity, moving over to America for these ideals. The New York metropolitan area is probably the collection of some of the fiercest academic crucibles of the country, especially for Asian Americans, and seemed to be the perfect spot for my parents to raise a family.
In 2005, Terry Fan was fatefully introduced to poker by a college dormmate and began playing recreationally. After discovering that he could play online, he took his mother’s credit card and deposited $100. In a stroke of luck, he finished 4th in a major online tournament and made $14,000. That was the start of Fan’s poker career.
Within less than a year, Fan was already using his poker winnings to fund his college tuition and eventually turned pro in 2009.
Maria Ho, 33, is considered one of the best female poker player in the world. She’s raked in $2.6 million in poker earnings and is the first woman to ever serve as a strategic commentator for a poker TV broadcast.
Among the many talents that has made Ho among the greatest poker players of all time is her uncanny ability to tell when someone is lying. According to Ho, it all boils down to past experience. She revealed to Nextshark:
One man is now $80,000 richer and sporting a gold World Series of Poker bracelet after signing up for a poker event he didn’t even know how to play but dominated anyways.
Christian Pham, a 40-year-old professional poker player, moved from Vietnam to Minnesota over 15 years ago and began delivering newspapers for money. He had a mild interest in poker and played his first cash game in 2008, but he didn’t see the game as something to make a living off of, so he set the hobby aside.
Sometimes, the wrong moves can have the best outcomes.
A poker player named Asher Conniff from Brooklyn, New York, won almost $1 million in a tournament he entered by mistake.
In recent years, the popularity of poker in Asia has exploded. One of the more accomplished players who’s made a name for herself is Celina Lin, known as “China’s Queen of Poker.”
Originally from Shanghai, China, the 32-year-old Lin has quite the winning track record in her poker career. She became the first female poker player to ever win the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon main event in 2009. Three years later, Lin won again, becoming the first person ever to win the main event twice and pocketing over $110,000 from that win.