Postle cheating claims cause a huge ruckus, shut down poker hall
The cheating allegations are turning into a major ordeal
About a week after Mike Postle was accused of repeatedly cheating at poker, the ordeal is going beyond just a minor controversy. The player is being investigated for his actions and the venue where the alleged cheating took place, Stones Gambling Hall, has shut down its Stones Live stream until it gets to the bottom of the issue. In the meantime, Postle is asserting his innocence.
Stones Gambling Hall initially came forward and denied that any nefarious activity could have taken place. However, it then changed its tune, presumably after looking deeper at the evidence that was presented. The venue issued a statement, explaining, “Stones Gambling Hall is committed to the integrity of our games. We have been alarmed by allegations of unfair play occurring during the streamed broadcasts of our ‘Stones Live’ games and have acted quickly to investigate. Yesterday, we temporarily halted all broadcasts from Stones. We have also, as a result, halted the use of RFID playing cards. We have taken these steps proactively while we conduct a multifaceted and thorough investigation into every element of these games. To that end, we are today announcing the creation of an independent investigation team. The team will be led by Michael Lipman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, and Chief of that office’s fraud unit. He is assembling other members who will be announced in due course. Stones intends to conduct this investigation and share outcomes with transparency. We will provide updates as appropriate.”
Postle continues to say that he did nothing wrong, blaming any questionable activity on the RFID playing cards. He initially received a significant amount of support in his corner; however, most of those individuals have now faded into the shadows.
The controversy has led the accused cheater to issue a challenge. He said he’s willing to take on any poker player in heads-up action to prove that he really is that good. If that were true, he should have been present at some of the biggest live tournaments in the game.