July 6, 2010

Notes from Peru: Stephany Flores won $237 the night she was killed

Posted: 05:39 PM ET

Lima, Peru – Stephany Flores Ramirez went directly to the poker table where Joran van der Sloot was sitting, according to an Atlantic City Casino spokesman.
Luis Laos told In Session the 21-year-old woman entered the casino by herself around 3:00 a.m., approximately two hours after van der Sloot. Laos was able to trace Flores' path to the table by looking at a sequence of videos from several closed circuit cameras.
Peruvian police believe van der Sloot murdered Flores later that morning.
Neither Flores nor van der Sloot were registered for an international poker tournament scheduled to start on June 2.
Laos, the assistant general manager at the casino, said people who wanted to play in the tournament could enter by playing at the table or online. He said the entry fee was $2,700.

According to Laos, 700 to 800 people were registered for the tournament, which had a registration deadline of May 30.

Laos confirmed reports that Flores "won very little money" at the poker table on May 29. He said she won only 670 sols, about $237.

Laos said van der Sloot did not win any money that night.

Just days earlier, on May 25, Laos said Flores won $10,000. But he said, it was not at the poker table. The spokesman recalled Flores was with a "male friend" he would not identify in an area where there are only baccarat tables.

Laos said the "male friend" was not van der Sloot. Based on Laos' review of eight to 10 surveillance cameras, he said van der Sloot was not present when Flores won the $10,000. Van der Sloot had been seen in the casino about a week before Flores' death.

Laos said it is common for people to know who the big winners are, and that van der Sloot could have known that Flores had money.

"People talk. Someone who saw her win could have told him. She could have told him," he said.

-Nancy Leung, In Session Field Producer


Filed under: Case Updates • Joran van der Sloot

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boycoyt   July 6th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

No one told Joran anything,why say something your not a 100% about. I believe this kid is not a murder he didnt kill either of these girls.Can you say 100% that he did kill the Hollaway girl,if not why do people chose to call him a murder. The case in Peru dont make any since, I think he was framed for this one!

Arthur   July 7th, 2010 11:08 am ET

Please don't try to make Joran the victim in this case boycoyt. There is no doubt that he was involved with Flores's killing, beyond a reasonable doubt to be precise.

Anonymous   July 7th, 2010 11:40 am ET

Boycoyt, right. And someone was able to just stumble upon a shirt of his that already contained his own blood (maybe he had a shaving accident or a bloody nose?) to place on her body at the crime scene to do this so called "framing" of him. Or did they just steal his shirt and a pint of his blood that he so kindly donated for a blood drive to cover the shirt with his blood with which to leave at the scene? I don't see him as being such a great Samaritan to do the latter, so I would go with the fact that your theory is scientifically incorrect, based on the DNA evidence that has been released, and common sense.

He may not be a murder, but as of right now, the evidence certainly implies to the fact that in the case of Stephany Flores, he is. Evidence never lies.

Sylvia T   July 7th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

I would like to know whether you, boycoyt, is one of van der sloot's stooges? you are most probably another evil murderer and social misfit. you and he belong together in the peruvian jail.

CarolinaGal   July 7th, 2010 1:06 pm ET

Give me a break... He knew about the $$$$ and he did it ! Killed at least 2.

mtheoptimist   July 7th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

boycoyt, I do not believe he murdered anyone. He probably has issues due to the Holloway's and his Father. He has been labeled a murderer for the past five years and it is not his fault his Father allowed him to gamble and drink at the age of 16. What a way to go trying to become an adult! A lifestyle like his can put you in the wrong place at the wrong time. Where is the video tape before he went for coffee and the 3 days after he left. They have only shown a few hours and still had that tape 3 days later. Read up on TJ Ward, Holloway Detective and Talkleft the politics of Crime. Elton Garcia is questionable. There is a lot of missing facts in both cases for media label, cold blooded killer, murderer! God forgive us and our quick judgment of others! If he did flip, I can understand why!

jj   July 9th, 2010 7:31 am ET

huh, isnt there a video showing him and her going into a hotel room, him leaving alone few hours later. and no video of her leaving the room. how can that be explained?
please dont tell me this is a conspiracy against joran.

dl   July 9th, 2010 11:13 am ET

Ok so he didn't murder anyone yet he is trying to extort money from the Holloway family....Come on he is not poor little lost boy who got framed he did this and I believe he did it to Natalie....Everytime he gets caught he says the same thing I was forced to speak...whatever the truth will come out and lets hope that this country is better at what they do than Aruba was.....

jacqueline   July 10th, 2010 9:49 am ET

This kid just has the worst luck.
Girls who get close to him turn up dead or missing.
Poor guy.
Give me a break.
He is pond scum.

Try   July 10th, 2010 5:11 pm ET

Come on, Van Der Sloot was not with her at the casino, it was another man. When you make ita habit of being with strange men at 3am, you or the family should expect the worse at anytime.

Lilian   July 12th, 2010 3:08 am ET

Wheather he knew or not, he just wanted to practice the evil he has inside TO KILL , I don't think he cared if she had or not had money, he just wanted to open the door to all his dark energy. so, please do not try to defend "that little boy who has such bad luck to be in the precise places and moments when young girls are killed, poor innocent boy! he is so unlucky" IF YOU BELIEVE THIS, TRY CONSULTING A HEAD DOCTOR!!!

Mary S   July 16th, 2010 12:49 am ET

Maybe the jealous male friend followed her and murdered her. Maybe it was an honor killing because she went to a foreigner's hotel room. In a country like Peru, anything is possible. One thing is clear: this was a set-up.

MillionMonos   July 20th, 2010 5:16 am ET

I wish someone would report more about the relationship between van der Sloot and Flores, and what they were up to that morning. Did they know each other before or did they just meet at the poker table? Was she his girlfriend, friend, casual acquaintance?

drBurg   July 31st, 2010 7:58 pm ET

There's blood and fingerprints in the crime scene and inside Stephanie's car that match Stephanie's and Joran's blood and fingerprints
... I just thik is crazy how people really believes this guy is inocent.
The reason why is important to know if he killed her for money or not is because,... If the police can proof she made money at the Casino that night , and he use that money to leave the country, that could be used to send him to life in prision in Peru.
Let me try to explain... If you kill a person in Peru, the max sentence is 35 years, with good behavior and the extra penitenciary benefits he could leave in just 10 years. But, if you kill a person and the reason of that crime is robbery,... the sentence change dramatically and he can be sentence to life in prision.

Jennie   July 31st, 2010 8:34 pm ET

He was Framed and it`s obvious!! i don`t see hoe anyone could call him a murderer!! Hell i am starting to think it`s a guy by the name of Elton Garcia He was in the casino and he knew stephany before joran ever got to peru! i think elton invited joran and had that planed all along!! Joran is not the one who killed her!

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