Mike Postle changes mind, drops defamation lawsuit
By Bob Garcia
The alleged poker cheating scandal might finally be coming to an end
All the controversy surrounding Mike Postle’s lawsuit seems to be coming to an end. Postle has finally decided to drop his $330-million defamation lawsuit after a lengthy process, in which many well-recognized poker community names were involved, including Veronica Brill and poker professional Todd Witteles. However, before he goes, Postle will still have to cough up all court costs that accumulated as the debacle continued to build steam.
Postle went to the Sacramento County Superior Court on Thursday to officially file the request. Because of this decision, Postle will automatically lose the Anti-SLAPP lawsuits that were filed by Brill and Witteles. SLAPP, strategic lawsuit against public participation, has recently become a very useful tool for those who need to intimidate and silence critics through an expensive and baseless legal process. “Mike voluntarily dropped the case against me and many others. Now he owes me my legal fees,” tweeted Brill.
This process began in October of last year, when Postle decided to file his defamation case, seeking compensation for defamation and slander, false light, intentional interference with a potential economic advantage and more. However, not long after, Postle’s lawyers decided to stop representing him and, according to many rumors, it was because Postle was not paying the respective fees. In January, the lawyers’ request was accepted, and since then, Postle was on his own.
Postle was long accused of cheating at low-stakes poker games that were played at Stones Gambling Hall in California. After analyzing the footage, Brill and many other professionals deduced that Postle was obtaining information about his opponents’ hole cards from the live broadcast. Once this was determined, gambling attorney Mac VerStandig filed a $30-million lawsuit, representing Brill and many others against Postle. These charges were later dismissed and most of the plaintiffs settled with an offer from Stones Gambling Hall and Justin Kuraitis, the tournament director of the property, who was also in charge of the live broadcast.