Alessandro Bastianoni, 48, a relatively well known poker player in Italy, was found dead inside a luxury apartment in Miraflores, Peru on July 17th. According to local newspapers, authorities found a glass container with waste water mixed with poison gas next to his body and a briefcase containing $140,000 and a letter requesting that the money would be used to cremate his remains. His girlfriend, Colobian Yeinni Ospina, told the police that she last spoke to him on July 6.
"He told me he'd lost a lot of money and I could hear a profound sadness in his voice. I tried to cheer him up but it was useless," she said.
According to local newspaper 'The Republic', Bastianoni had competed in two live tournament series and racked up $600,000 in gambling debts shortly before his death. Medical examiners believe he died 10 days before he was found. In other words, he most probably committed suicide shorlty after calling his girlfriend.
Sad for the guy and the poker community. These cases are relatively rear, but they damage the way people think about poker. In Israel, a "normative" guy murdered both his parents, to get money for gambling at illegal poker tables. To try to convince people here today that poker is a mind sport, like chess or bridge is harder than ever.
Too bad about buddy.... Hey,...if he's paying $140,000 to be creamated,....I'll be NONE too happy to do the job...
...on a more serious note... Folks committing suicide from playing and losing at poker or other forms of gambling is a serious problem here in North America, whether it be from playing live in casinos, but in particular,...online gambling. People just sit at their computers blowing and wasting cash chasing losses. In many cases they're selling off personal items, their cars, maxing out their credit, and even re-mortgage their homes under false pretenses......and lose it all,....destroying their families,...and then committing suicide because they've ruined themselves...
This is one of the factors,....among others, including all kinds of fraud and cheating, that shut down online gambling in the US...
Pretty sick stuff. He was verry good prepared, as he used poison gas. Still I dont get it, as he had a suitcase with 140K in it.Thats a lot of money and more then enough to get away , I would think. Usually there is a lot more going on ( like depression) then we can see. Big step to step out of life like that.
sounds really strange that he comitted suicide with 140k next to him surely he could slap him self round the face for being a donk and use the money to start again, i would lol but sad that he decided to kill himself especially with that much of a bankroll left
sad,sad.....sad .Maybe he couldn t see over .Money just drive u crazy to suicide sometimes ,poker was just the murder weapon this time ,could be gabling or sport bets or something else ......... crazy dude
That's just sad! I would never allow myself to go so far in debt that I would want to die, but there's choices to make besides death. I mean this guy apparently had his reputation, ability to play again and there's always bankruptcy. Just a sad thing to do!
This is a very tragic story and my condolences go out to his family. We will never know for certain what led him to this but it is still very sad. May he rest in peace and his family will somehow come to terms with it