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    Default Poker player denies killing parents in trial

    A former professional poker player denied killing his parents in the third day of testimony of a well-publicized trial in Oakland, Calif. Ernest Scherer III is accused of brutally murdering his parents in May 2008 by using a sword and baseball bat. Prosecutors claim Scherer III was hoping to collect a $1 million inheritance to pay off gambling debts.

    Nieto has said that Scherer III killed his parents, Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Charlene Abendroth, 57, in hopes of collecting a $1 million inheritance because he had mired himself in debt through his various poker and sports betting losses.

    The slayings occurred, Nieto has said, while Scherer Jr., a former San Ramon Valley school board member, was trying to collect a $616,000 loan he had given his son for his Southern California home.

    The couple was found dead in their home about a week after they were killed, authorities have said. They suffered cuts from a Turkish sword that was taken from the house and blunt force trauma from a youth baseball bat.
    Now sometimes the term "professional poker player" is used loosely by the media, but in this case it's accurate. According to the Hendon Mob, Scherer III cashed in five WSOP events and final tabled a $3,000 Limit Hold'em tournament in 2006 that was won by Bill Chen. His biggest cash came as a result of a seventh place finish in a WPT event in 2005. He won $68,970.

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    Schereer II has many alibis regaring the accusation, he even did'nt react accordingly on the wake of his parents as if he's not affected that much. Anyway what happened to the Tuesday's testimony?
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    Well that's awful! Killing his own parents just to pay his gambling debts. Even if he denies it, he is one of the best suspect of the case.

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    Wow if he really didn't he must be really screwed up in the head, how can he even consider something like that...

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    That's really awful. Is that wishful thinking to hope he really didn't kill them?

    And the way in which this was done. Come on, a sword and a baseball bat??? This is bloody monstrous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel_LCP View Post
    Wow if he really didn't he must be really screwed up in the head, how can he even consider something like that...
    For someone who worries about not being able to pay a piling debt, that's possible, especially when that someone sees no other option, but to kill for the money. I wouldn't do it though if I am in the kind of situation for God's sake.

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    And here we go again with another news article about some miserable bloke killing over gambling debts and money.

    Keep on shoveling the dirt.
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    That really proves that gambling is one of the major cause of such grave crimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeAdams View Post
    That really proves that gambling is one of the major cause of such grave crimes.
    Online gambling is an enetertainment. I think that poker is too. In this case gambling wasn't the problem, it was the person. He definitely has a mental illness that could have manifested itself in many different ways. I think that right wing politicians bolster their careers by pointing to gambling as a negative social force, as in this case.

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    How could he have done such crime just for gambling debts? The suspect should be rot in jail! Although, the case hasn't yet ended, he should clear up things, i mean, if he really did not do the crime then he better look for ways that may help him to defend the case, well if he is the real suspect better to pay for the consequences. With such case, if proven right, can be a big problem for gambling enthusiast may have difficulty in playing or may give some limitations to every players.

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