Poker Pro Killed Parents To Cover Debt, Cops Say

From the “it’s only surprising that you’re surprised” department, authorities say that the parents of a debt-ridden, compulsive gambler were killed by — shocker — their debt-ridden, compulsive gambler son.

Ernest Scherer III

Ernest Scherer III was arrested in Las Vegas and charged yesterday with the murder of Ernest Scherer Jr. and Charlene Abendroth. The younger Scherer had mounting debts, including from his professional poker career, and police say he wanted to claim his inheritance. Instead, he’s being shipped back to Alameda County to stand trial. Talk about a bad beat.

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