The founder of leading online poker information portal, 36-year-old Andreas Oscarsson, was found dead in his home in Sweden last Monday after allegedly being shot.

The winner of a World Series Of Poker bracelet, Oscarsson stepped down as Chief Executive Officer for the site following the birth of his son two years ago and had since been serving in an advisory capacity.

"We are very sad and shocked to confirm that Andreas Oscarsson, founder of, has tragically passed away while visiting his childhood home in Sweden," read a statement from

"At this point, we do not have any details other than he was found dead in his bed on the morning of August 3. He had been shot.

"For all of us who began building with Andreas several years ago, he was a close friend and we will miss him dearly. He was a great source of inspiration and energy to anyone he encountered, at least if you were on the same side of the fence. For those on the other side of the fence, he was a tough negotiator and a worthy, highly respected opponent.

"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. He was a true pioneer within the industry. His vision with was to build a world-leading online gambling company. We shall not let him down and will bring his vision all the way to the finish line in honour of his memory. You can take that to the bank.

"Those of us who knew him well would say that most of all he was a warm and loving father. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Andreas’ son, family and friends. Andreas, we will forever miss you."

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