It has been 3 months since Ethan Nguyen was stabbed to death in his Plano, Texas home. Up until this point there had been no news stories on this death as the police were keeping it under tight wraps as they investigated. They have now charged fellow poker player and close friend Peter Phuc Hong Tran in the murder.
Both Ethan Nguyen and Peter Tran were 2/5 regulars at local casinos. They were very close and even travelled/stayed together on trips to other casinos. My understanding is that they were planning to travel to Riverwind Casino the following weekend due to a monthly splash pot promotion going on up there.
From my perspective, Ethan was a professional poker player (semi-pro who was also a hair stylist) and Peter was an aspiring pro who was being mentored by Ethan (I was under the assumption that Peter did not have another job, but that could be incorrect). Ethan was pretty flamboyant with his money and was known to carry $10k-15k on his person. Apparently Peter had borrowed money from many players including Ethan. Based on the news article, it appears the police believe that Peter killed Ethan for money to fuel his gambling addiction. Neither the murder weapon nor the $10k stolen has been found.
I hope this story serves as a reminder to all about the risks that even today still exist in this business. Caution should be heeded even with those you trust.
Dallas Morning News Article: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/commu...n-stabbing.ece