Three Charged In UK Poker Player Mehmet Hassan’s Murder

Two men and a woman accused of burglary turned violent.

The UK poker community was stunned last week when word spread of the death of well-known poker player, casino regular and father-of-three, Mehmet Hassan. Yesterday, three individuals, 2 men and a young woman, were charged at Highbury Magistrate’s Court with his murder.

According to the London Evening Standard, friends feared that Hassan, a UK poker fixture and noted “born gambler”, was the victim of a pre-planned robbery or, as some call it, a “honey trap.” Hassan, who had on the night of his murder, won roughly £3,000 playing poker left the Mayfair Casino with a young woman only to be found later in his flat beaten to death.

One of the accused charged is a 24 year old home care worker that is “suspected of enticing” Hassan back to his own apartment where he was tied up, beaten and left for dead. Initial reports also suggested that, in addition to the 3k he may have had one him, Hassan had kept roughly £20,000 in cash on hand in his home. Police are looking to piece together what exactly was stolen and the entirety of Hassan’s movements on that night.

“He was a wonderful, warm man – the original loveable rogue – and he would gamble on anything,” professional poker player Ross Boatman told the Standard. “He was always prepared to put everything on the line and shoot for the stars. He was an extraordinary man and could turn a tenner into a hundred thousand pounds and lose it just as quickly.”

The trio of suspects, were remanded in custody overnight and will have a bail hearing today while four other suspects who were arrested after the death have been bailed until June.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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