Poker player Chad Batista died unexpectedly on 20th of August.
His family released a press statement, which says: “It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother, and friend, Chad 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.”
Someone has set up a Go Fund Me page in the deceased’s name, but the family says that nobody should donate to this account as it is not official. Instead, people can donate to Trevor’s Fight. Batista’s family has also announced that they will soon organize a memorial in his honor.
Batista, who was born in 1981, played under the user name “M8kingmoves” and was one of the most popular online poker players between Aug 22, 2007 and July 2, 2008. PocketFives.com had ranked him as the number one tournament player in those days.
Brett Collson of PokerNews.com had once written in The Sunday Briefing that during online poker’s “early days,” Batista was among most successful and feared online poker tournament players in the world. He continuously won major online poker tournaments, attracting fans as well as critics for his aggressive style of playing online. Unfortunately, Black Friday marked the end of Batista’s good days, but nobody will forget his online poker moniker.
He migrated to Mexico in 2013 to continue playing online poker and won over $25k in the Second Chance Sunday tournament at PokerStars. He then finished third and won $264,408 in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), an event with a buy-in of $2,100.
Batista was an excellent live tournament player too. He won $952,496 playing live poker tournaments alone, and $293,798 of this amount was won at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) events. His biggest live cash prize was won in 2006 when he collected a gold ring and a six-figure sum of $262,002 in the WSOP Circuit Caesars Indiana Championship Event with a buy-in of $5k.
In addition, Batista emerged as the runner-up of the $130 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament, held as part of the Mega Millions Series VIII at Bicycle Casino. This event attracted an enormous field of 4,732 players, and Batista went home with a prize of $165,845. He also finished fifth and won $129,064 in the $1k buy-in WSOP 2007 NL Hold’em tournament.