While a fair share of poker players have found themselves on the wrong side of the law over the years, poker player Joran van der Sloot has by his own confession has admitted to being a murderer.
The Dutch native has gained a reputation over the years as being a poker player but yet he is not very well known on the poker circuit and has hardly won any prize money that confirms his skill as a poker player. The popular Hendon Mob does not list any live tournament prize money and his association with the poker industry is linked towards his membership with the PocketFives internet poker community. A poker website in the Netherlands states that Sloot took part in the partypoker $300K guaranteed event that took place in 2009.
While Sloot never made the headlines on the poker circuit, he certainly has received a lot of attention for his exploits away from the game. The Dutch poker player has been surrounded for over a decade by suspicions relating to the death of Natalee Holloway, a teenager from Alabama who disappeared back in 2005. She went on a trip to Aruba with her classmates from the Mountain Brook High School. The 18 year old Holloway at that point of time was last seen leaving a casino bar with Sloot and his friends before disappearing without a trace.
A massive investigation was launched by police from the U.S, Aruba and the Netherlands and while Sloot and his friends were interrogated on two different occasions, the Aruba authorities were unable to uncover anything concrete that would lead to Holloway. The case was closed and Sloot was let off the hook.
Exactly five years to the day that Holloway disappeared, which was May 30 2010, the Dutch poker player was once again arrested by police in Lima, Peru after their found the body of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez in a hotel room that was registered to Sloot. He told investigators that he came into Colombia via Peru in order to take part in the Latin American Poker Tour.
He would go on to plead guilty to robbery and qualified murder of the 21 year old Ramírez and receive a 28 year sentence for his crimes. A reporter has secretly filmed a prison interview with Sloot who admitted to murdering Holloway back in 2005 and lying continuously to Aruba police who he called inefficient in their investigation.