A 33-year-old poker professional died final week after he jumped off the twenty eighth flooring of a New Jersey high-rise.
According to a report from the Daily Voice, Matt Marafioti dove off the balcony of his good friend’s condominium simply after 11 a.m. final Friday. It was in the end the fruits of Marafioti’s struggles with psychological well being points.
On the felt, Marafioti was the most effective of his technology. In the pre-Black Friday period of on-line poker the Canadian performed among the largest video games accessible beneath the display screen title “ADZ124.”
“When I first learned about poker when I was 18, I would pull up Stars and sweat the $25-$50 games,” tweeted poker professional Doug Polk when rumors first started circling about Marafioti’s dying. “ADZ would be playing all of them, total boss. I dreamed of one day playing those games. Hope it’s not true, but if it is, I’ll always remember this legend.”
On the dwell felt, regardless of cashing simply 64 instances, he racked up $2.85 million in dwell match earnings. His most up-to-date in-the-money end got here on the 2019 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open foremost occasion, the place he completed 141st for $5,797. His largest rating got here from a runner-up end within the $10,000 pot-limit maintain’em championship on the 2010 World Series of Poker.
But Marafioti battled demons away from the felt. During the summer time of 2016, he went lacking for 45 days. When he resurfaced, he knowledgeable everybody through social media that he was wholesome, secure and was simply tenting together with his pals.
Leading as much as his disappearance, Marafioti posted tweets and made feedback on YouTube about many conspiracy theories the place he claimed that the Illuminati was making an attempt to border him and put him in a psychological hospital.
Following the 2016 incident, he was hardly ever seen at dwell poker tournaments. His subsequent money didn’t come till greater than three years later within the fall of 2019.
Recent posts on Instagram have been nonetheless centered on a conspiracy about having him killed. All whereas he was pushing to realize joint custody of his son.
“Looks like a set up to make it look like I disappeared before the court case to me to avoid exposing the whole Illuminati through factual evidence,” wrote Marafioti final Thursday beneath a posted selfie in entrance of the Hudson River. “Here comes the arrest or disappearance. I’m dead either way.”
In a submit later that day, Marafioti wrote that he was scheduled to look in court docket on Aug. 17 to “hear from the other lawyer regarding when I can FaceTime with my son.”
On Friday morning, he posted an image of a person in a collared shirt standing within the hallway of an house constructing. In what have been his remaining phrases, Marafioti wrote that the person was named Ricardo Carlini and that he was ready for out of doors his house to abduct him.
“If I leave this apartment they are going to make me go missing,” wrote Marafioti on Instagram. “If I stay, they are going to say I’m crazy and won’t leave. Everything is a Catch 22 and they are setting me up for torture if I go missing or by saying I’m crazy. Sammy I love you so much. You mean the world to me. I am always with you no matter what. Love dad.”