PokerListings founder Andreas Oscarsson was shot to death in Sweden on August 3rd, according to a post that appeared on the popular news site. He was not involved in the day-to-day duties of the site when he was murdered, but rather served as an advisor to the industry staple.

An article that appeared on the website of Bluff Europe stated, “Whilst details/sources still remain uncertain, word is out that a 20 year old man by the name of Andreas Oscarsson was shot down last year in the exact same town in Sweden.” PokerListings’ Oscarsson was 36 years-old and threats had been reportedly made on his life. Posters on the poker forum TwoPlusTwo from Sweden noted that local police were talking with Oscarsson’s two year-old son for any leads he may be able to provide. He was reportedly in the room at the time of the murder. The birth of the child coincided with Oscarsson’s departure from day-to-day duties at PokerListings.

A statement posted on PokerListings’ website recalled, “Andreas was a very generous person to those close to him, a brilliant internet marketing guru, and a savvy business entrepreneur – always looking to break new ground and break new records.” Bluff noted that relatives joined Oscarsson and his son in the Swedish house. He was found dead on August 3rd in his bed. Police did not comment on how many times Oscarsson was shot, where he was hit, or if his son was awake at the time of the murder. A translated Swedish newspaper article that appears on TwoPlusTwo explains that a window in Oscarsson’s bedroom was open.

TwoPlusTwo member Loctus, who lives in Sweden, commented, “Police [have] been talking on the radio about it saying that it’s quite probably [something] from his past that has caught up to him in this unfortunate way.” Many members lamented at the news and expressed their deepest condolences to his family. On the future of the investigation into Oscarsson’s death, Bluff reported, “As of now, there are no further details except that police are uncertain of the exact motive, but reports emanating from Sweden suggest ‘concrete threats‘ were made towards Oscarsson, according to friends and colleagues in Stockholm and Gothenburg.”

No further update was given on PokerListings’ website at the time of writing. The outlet is one of the leading sources for poker news and information. It lists over 1,000 websites about poker and includes analysis of each from its team of editors. Like Poker News Daily, PokerListings is now gearing up for coverage of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event final table, which kicks off on November 7th from the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio. The action will air on cable station ESPN on Tuesday, November 10th at 9:00pm ET.

Oscarsson’s wife reportedly has flown to Sweden from her home in New York City while the investigation unfolds. Despite no longer being with the company, Oscarsson served as an advisor and left an indelible mark on the industry. We here at Poker News Daily would like to express our sincere condolences to Oscarsson’s family and everyone at PokerListings for their loss.

We’ll keep you up to date on any further developments as they unfold.

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