Batista passed away on Thursday night, and the details surrounding his death are still being kept within the family. Not long afterward, a Go Fund Me account appeared that asked for donations for his memorial service. But according to this PocketFives thread, the memorial fund has absolutely nothing to do with the family and is a scam.
Instead, his family is asking that anybody who wishes to send donations please do so to the Trevor’s Fight fund, which is for a boy who’s currently battling cancer.
Batista was born in southern Florida and had some legal trouble until being introduced to poker as a teenager. Raised by his aunt, Louise Batista, after his mother died, the Coral Springs native used online poker to turn his life around and make a very good living. He was the number one-ranked online tournament player at PocketFives from August 2007 to July 2008. He continued to do well in ensuing years and rack up around $5 million in online poker winnings.
However, Black Friday hit in 2011, forcing Batista and other prominent pros to seek out different ways to make a living through poker. For the former number one player, this meant moving to Mexico because he didn’t like the live poker scene.
Eventually he moved back to the U.S. and his life got off track at times, due to excessive partying and drinking. This is believed to have played a role in his declining health, although the exact cause of death has still yet to surface.
Whatever the case may be, Batista definitely made his mark on the game and served as motivation for others to take up online poker in the mid and late 2000s.