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RIP: Chad "lilholdem954" Batista Dies at 35

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Posted on 21 August 2015 by "T".

On Thursday, PokerNews delivered the sad news that American poker pro Chad "lilholdem954" Batista had passed away.

"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother and friend, Chad 'lilholdem954' Batista. Chad died suddenly this beautiful Thursday afternoon with his family surrounding him. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers," his family wrote in a statement.

Batista was was one of the most successful tournament players in the early days of online poker. The fact is that he was the Number 1 ranked tournament player on PocketFives from August 22, 2007 to July 2, 2008. However, it was in 2013 he laid hands on his largest online tournament cash after finishing third in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker ($2,100 buy-in) for $264,408!

Aside from online poker, he won over $950,000 playing live tournament poker. He took home his biggest live tournament payday ($262,002) in 2006 when he won the 2006 WSOP Circuit Championship Event (Caesars Indiana, Elizabeth).

Rest in peace!


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11 comments on "RIP: Chad "lilholdem954" Batista Dies at 35"

 Fakiry21/08/2015 09:02:06 GMT
Sad story, after so many glories. I am sure he would have much more to give and receive from the poker community. Nice results, third in WCOP isn't easy. Let's just remember the good things he left!
 doubletop77721/08/2015 09:38:23 GMT
These stories are always heartbreaking. This guy had everything to live for and to see him die at such a young age is truly sad. I hope people remember him fondly and may he Rest In Peace
 sooperhandz21/08/2015 13:30:12 GMT
I raise a glass and will remember you for the good Chad. R.I.P
 Skpmorita21/08/2015 13:35:24 GMT
very sad news .. so young
i didn't really knew his poker career or never heard of him but anyone who is making a living out of poker and he is called professional , he gotta be good and skillful
may he rest in peace and may his family get past this sad time
WSOP Circuit Championship Event is a hard to won and he did it
he surly will be remembered
 av196621/08/2015 14:04:07 GMT
Hello my friends and fellow mobsters
That is really some bad news does not matter if he was a poker player or not when some dies at that age is always a shame Aww crap! Aww crap!
Rest in peace and my condolences to his family

Life is great but sometimes tricks you
 klash2321/08/2015 15:07:32 GMT
Chad Batista is not a player I had seen before and I think all of his tournament play was in the US but 35 is such a young age and I feel very sad for his family.He had some great results and winning close to million is not easy.
 Heskor21/08/2015 17:19:28 GMT
RIP Chad, well this is life and sometimes life sucks and take you away from this world just too soon, sad for his family and i hope they will be able to cope and yeah 35 is so young and i suppose he was helping and earning for his family, now he is gone and who knows hope his friends and family have some comfort for he is a poker player and he won some good title, cheers anyway peace out , sad day for the poker community as a whole!
 StheP21/08/2015 21:33:53 GMT
RIP Chad...

Does anybody knows what is the reason of death? Some say drugs, some say alcohol, some say he fall in depresion and kill himself... I realy want to know because he was so young... 35 years... he could got at least 35 more... RIP
 Tony_MON7ANA22/08/2015 06:44:19 GMT
I found interesting comments.

Jared Hamby @TWKftw said:
"RIP Chad Batista, one of my first friends in poker. He was a troubled soul, but had a big heart. A natural talent!"

Philip Collins @USCphildo said:
"I met Chad at the 2007 WSOP we smoked a J together, very friendly. He threatened to murder me in the chat box a few months later."

Matt Savage @SavagePoker said:
"Chad Batista and I texted often about things that bothered him in poker. Always seemed to have a lot of pain but also a ton of passion!"

Chad Batista
 bowie198422/08/2015 09:55:03 GMT
Posted by klash23:
Chad Batista is not a player I had seen before and I think all of his tournament play was in the US but 35 is such a young age and I feel very sad for his family.He had some great results and winning close to million is not easy.

Same here. Though I was frequent on pcktfvs for a while his name never got mentioned at where I lurked. He was only four years older than me.
 crash5822/08/2015 14:23:46 GMT
to bad to pass at such a young age,they don't mention what caused his death.
R.I.P. chad. he is with the poker gods now.

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