Troubled Poker Pro Matt Marafioti Dies After Jump From New Jersey High-Rise

A 33-year-old poker pro died last week after he jumped off the 28th floor of a New Jersey high-rise.

According to a report from the Daily Voice, Matt Marafioti dove off the balcony of his friend’s condominium just after 11 a.m. last Friday. It was ultimately the culmination of Marafioti’s struggles with mental health issues.

On the felt, Marafioti was one of the best of his generation. In the pre-Black Friday era of online poker the Canadian played some of the biggest games available under the screen name “ADZ124.”

“When I first learned about poker when I was 18, I would pull up Stars and sweat the $25-$50 games,” tweeted poker pro Doug Polk when rumors first began circling about Marafioti’s death. “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 live felt, despite cashing just 64 times, he racked up $2.85 million in live tournament earnings. His most recent in-the-money finish came at the 2019 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open main event, where he finished 141st for $5,797. His largest score came from a runner-up finish in the $10,000 pot-limit hold’em championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker.

But Marafioti battled demons away from the felt. During the summer of 2016, he went missing for 45 days. When he resurfaced, he informed everyone via social media that he was healthy, safe and was just camping with his friends.

Leading up to his disappearance, Marafioti posted tweets and made comments on YouTube about many conspiracy theories where he claimed that the Illuminati was trying to frame him and put him in a mental hospital.

Following the 2016 incident, he was rarely seen at live poker tournaments. His next cash didn’t come until more than three years later in the fall of 2019.

Recent posts on Instagram were still focused on a conspiracy about having him killed. All while he was pushing to gain 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 last Thursday below a posted selfie in front of the Hudson River. “Here comes the arrest or disappearance. I’m dead either way.”

In a post later that day, Marafioti wrote that he was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 17 to “hear from the other lawyer regarding when I can FaceTime with my son.”

On Friday morning, he posted a picture of a man in a collared shirt standing in the hallway of an apartment building. In what were his final words, Marafioti wrote that the man was named Ricardo Carlini and that he was waiting for outside his apartment 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.”




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