Poker players Sue Stones Gambling Hall, Mike Postle for $ 30 million
Posted: Oct 9, 2019, 12:32 p.m.
Last update on: October 9, 2019, 04:31 am.
Stone games room, the California Card Room at the center of a possible poker cheating scandal, was named in a $ 30 million lawsuit brought by 24 players who believe they were financially harmed by the alleged scam. Also named is Mike Postle, the player who the complainants claim received information about their hole cards during a series of Stone Live Poker cash game streams by one or more unnamed individuals.
If the cheating allegations are true – and they have yet to be conclusively proven – Postle’s accomplice must have been a member of Stones Live Poker’s technical staff, or at least have access to the back of the ID system by radio frequency (RFID) which reads player cards for broadcast.
According to the lawsuit, the players claim they believe they know who it was, but “consciously refrain from making such an allegation against this particular defendant … until more information can be gleaned through the discovery process. ”
The alleged accomplice is called “John Doe 1” in the lawsuit.
The cardroom himself is not accused of aiding and abetting the alleged fraud. But the lawsuit claims Stones “continually sought to downplay” complaints that cheating had taken place, while “promoting Mr. Postle as an idiosyncratically gifted individual, imbued with poker skills so immense that he was incomprehensible to the average person.
Much of the “discovery process” is conducted online in numerous public forums, as well as by well-known poker bloggers such as Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Matt Berkey.
Since the allegations surfaced in late September, when former show commentator Veronica Brill took to Twitter to voice her concerns, members of the forum have been looking at footage to analyze the reports. hands and discuss the statistical implausibility of Postle’s play and win rates.
Postle didn’t win every session he played on streams for over a year. But according to the lawsuit, “the plaintiffs have information and are convinced that such sessions are correlated with the absence of Mr. Postle’s Confederate leader, John Doe 1.”
On these occasions, Postle performed sub-optimally, the pursuits say. The rest of the time, analysis of his game revealed “not only unfathomable statistics in the world of professional poker, but also situation decision-making in which nearly all of Mr. Postle’s assumptions are made. in a way that optimally benefits its monetary interest.
“In short, Mr. Postle’s poker wins – viewed both through the lens of metrics and hand-to-hand decision making – at Stones Live Poker were not just outliers but, in fact, exponential outliers, representing quality of play in several degrees. higher than that achieved by the best poker players in the world, ”he continues.
It is estimated that Postle earned around $ 250,000 during the sessions.
Keep it to yourself
The costume also notes that Postle only ever played Stones Live Poker stream sessions, despite many other similar streams available elsewhere in California, and that he rarely hung out afterward to play in normal games once the stream finished.
The plaintiffs allege that Postle received information about the hole cards via his cell phone, which was usually held in his left hand concealed under the poker table, or via a communication device built into his baseball cap, or both.
The complaint alleges racketeering, fraud, neglect and unjust enrichment against Postle and his anonymous accomplice (s), as well as negligence on the part of the card room. This brings a new fraud charge against Stone’s poker room manager Justin Kuraitis for allegedly covering up the situation, which allowed the alleged scam to go on longer than it should have.
The plaintiffs seek damages of $ 10 million from Postle, $ 10 million from Stones Gambling Hall and $ 10 million from Kuraitis.