The Postle cheating saga continues as $10-million lawsuit surfaces
The lawsuit covers everything from unjust enrichment to violations of the RICO Act
There have been stories before – plenty of them – lambasting certain poker players for cheating at the game. However, the latest involving Mike Postle has stirred up a hornet’s nest bigger than virtually all of them. In the wake of the cheating accusations and the sudden closure of Stone Gambling Hall’s poker room, the ordeal has grown so big so quickly and now encompasses a massive $10-million lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed against Postle, Stones, poker room manager Justin Kuraitis and a list of other supposed accomplices. 25 plaintiffs are named in the suit, including Veronica Brill, who first revealed the possible cheating, and vloggers Jaman Burton and Jeff Boski. If the lawsuit is successful, any award would be divided among the plaintiffs (although Brill said she only wanted $1,000) after the lawyers take their cut, of course.
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of violation statutes of the RICO Act, fraud, negligence, libel and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit reads, in part, “While there are a handful of Stones Live Poker sessions in which Mr. Postle did not make money, and in which he played in a sub-optimal manner, the Plaintiffs have information and a belief that such sessions correlate to the absence of Mr. Postle’s suspected chief confederate, John Doe 1, and the Plaintiffs further allege Mr. Postle’s participation in Stones Live Poker games was uncharacteristically rare — in contrast to his normal schedule — when the person the plaintiffs believe to be John Doe 1 was absent from the Sacramento area.”
That “John Doe 1” is still unknown, but his identity could be revealed as the case develops. Most of the evidence is completely circumstantial, making it difficult to prove any wrongdoing, but the fact that the ordeal has reached this point shows that there is a lot of support for the legitimacy of the claims.