A 22-year-old Las Vegas-based poker player was shot early Monday morning while leaving the Texas Card House (pictured) in Austin, TX. The poker player in question is cash game player Tom Steinbach. Better known to the social media community as the ‘3betpanda,’ Steinbach was listed as having life-threatening injuries but is now reportedly in stable condition at an area hospital.
According to his Instagram page, Steinbach was in Austin playing at the Texas Card House as part of a trip through the region. Steinbach also played at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, OK one week prior.
A regular of cash games at the Wynn in Las Vegas, NV, Steinbach travels for games and has made appearances on “Live at the Bike” in California.
Austin police say the shooting is the result of a robbery that turned into the crime at hand. News reports have not confirmed Steinbach as the victim but threads on 2+2 and Instagram posts indicate it is him.
Steinbach’s full name is not attached to his Instagram account. Sources from the Wynn and the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA confirm that Steinbach is the ‘3betpanda.’
The poker Instagram community has rallied around Steinbach with posts of supports in the two days since the news broke of the shooting.
Users Joe ‘chipbullyblack’ Reddick and Ronen ‘israelironq2’ Porat posted messages of support on their respective pages.
Prayers going out to a fellow grinder @3betpanda????????… Never met the kid or even crossed paths with him, although I always thought his IG handle was/is dope… I see a lot of good ppl who’ve met him had nothing but good things to say about him which is definitely the sign of a good man… I understand dudes were lurking in the parking lot at 4am and shot him in the back during the robbery attempt, shit is sad but the reality of it is, these streets ain’t nothing to play with… where there's money there’s crooks and more and more broke cats starting to figure out we as poker players move with cash on a regular basis. That being said, STOP moving like shit can’t happen and STOP setting yourself up for these cowards to cash you out… STOP parking in those unsecured parking lots, or the blind spots furthest away from the casino entrance. Honestly it’s best using valet, spend 5-10-20 to protect yourself and your bag. There’s a big difference between being scared vs being aware, especially when you flashing cash on the gram, I’m guilty of it all the time, but trust me I’m ready all the time too. I respect the streets and I suggest you all do the same… Again, bless up @3betpanda, and pull thru homie, you and I got some mixing up to do in Vegas this summer 18????????… #chipbullybrand #itsalifestyle #streetsarewatching #anybodycangetit #wheretheresmoneytherescrooks #mystoryisreal #fuckwitme
#Repost @pandanutting ・・・ Praying ???? for Tom aka @3betpanda .. hope they get those mother fuckers who shot him.. some low life motherfuckers tried to rob him and shot him in the back.. gutless assholes.. link is below http://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/apd-investigating-shooting-in-nw-austin/1150987414 #pray4panda #???????????? That is so fucked up… Nowhere we are safe more, please recover quick
There is yet to be an update on Steinbach’s condition since the initial story broke.
Twitter also showed support for Steinbach with most of it stemming from a tweet from Joey Ingram.
There was a shooting outside an Austin, TX cardroom this morning at 4 a.m. They are saying it started as a robbery that turned into a shooting. It looks like 3betpanda on Instagram was the person shot. He has serious, potentially life-threatening injurieshttps://t.co/hCGxVzcE9E
— Out Of Line Joey (@Joeingram1) April 30, 2018
Among the others who voiced their wishes for a full recovery were Ronnie Bardah, Jennifer Tilly and partypoker LIVE president John Duthie.
Stay tuned to USPoker this week for more on this story and the Texas card club scene.