July 6, 2010
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
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