WSOP Player Susie “Q” Zhao Dead At 33

By Ben Hamill - July 31 2020
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WSOP Player Susie “Q” Zhao Dead At 33

World Series of Poker player Susie “Q” Zhao, 33, has died.

Last seen by her mother on July 12, Zhao’s badly burned body was discovered in a car park at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County, Michigan, only a day later. Not only are police treating Zhao’s death as homicide, but it has now also been confirmed that the possibility of her high-stakes career being connected to her death is being investigated as a motive. According to White Lake Township Police Detective Chris Hild, retaliation cannot yet at this stage be ruled out.

So badly had Zhao’s body reportedly been burned, that police had only managed to determine her identity by a tattoo and by her fingerprints.

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She Was Loved By All

According to a report ran by a local Detroit television station, Zhao had been living and competing in Los Angeles for over a decade before having returned to Oakland County to live with her parents on July 9. During her time living away from home, she had regularly competed in Los Angeles as well as in Las Vegas. According to the information provided by a friend of the pro-player, she had moved back to Oakland County for the purpose of resolving personal challenges. The friend had reportedly cited “friends” of the player as having been the reason for Zhao’s return but was quick to add that the 33-year-old did not have as many as even a single enemy or person who would have meant her harm, having got on well with everyone who knew her.

Described by close friend and fellow-player Bart Hanson as an excellent player and a regular winner at the largest Poker room in the world (Commerce Casino, LA), Zhao’s lifetime career winnings are reported to have come to at least $224,000. 

FBI Involved Now Too

Since the incident is being treated as a homicide, and the burning of Zhao’s body as a possible coverup for the motive, the FBI has in the meantime joined the investigation into her untimely demise.

Friends Michelle Lagrou and Meredith Rogowski have both expressed their absolute shock at the incident, saying that nobody ever fought with Zhao about anything. Her life was completely drama-free, said the pair. Zhao was according to all who knew her, a free and loving spirit.

Susie “Q” Zhao’s largest single win of her career was at the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where she won $73,805 at a No Limit Hold’em event.

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