Stones Gambling Hall Asks Judge to Dismiss Mike Postle Cheating Case

March 6th, 2020 | by Kaycee James

The next chapter in the Stones Gambling Hall saga has been written, but this time not by the man in the firing line.

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Stones Gambling Hall is pushing to have the case against it dismissed as the Mike Postle cheating scandal continues. (Image: YouTube/Jeff Boski)

The case against Mike Postle engulfed the poker venue in a legal battle in October 2019 and now its lawyers have spoken out.

In a motion filed on March 4. Stones’ legal team pushed for the case to be dismissed. Defending the club’s position, lawyers argued that the venue merely offer poker games and didn’t facilitate any form of cheating.

Accusations Implicate Stones Gambling Hall

According to some players from poker room, Mike Postle was the figurehead for an elaborate scam. In a lawsuit filed by Maurice VerStandig on behalf of the plaintiffs, Postle is accused of working with casino staff to cheat.

Veronica Brill was the first player to call out Postle. That instigated a wave of support from fellow casino patrons and, in turn, the wider poker community. Doug Polk and other pros have since analyzed footage from Stones’ live streams and pointed to possible instances of cheating.

Postle has defended himself, saying that his winning run is due to skill. However, critics say some of the moves he made would only be done by someone extremely reckless or with inside information.

If the former is true, the odds suggest Postle would be a long-term losing player. However, his results show otherwise.

This led Brill et al to sue Postle and Stones Gambling Hall for cheating. Using the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, the plaintiffs are claiming damages totaling $30 million.

All Sides Prepare for Battle

Postle issued a shaky initial defense through his lawyer but has been AWOL since late last year. Now, Stones Gambling Hall is looking to distance itself from the lawsuit.

“This lawsuit reflects the oldest complaint of gamblers — that their lack of success means they were cheated. Stones had no stake in who won money or lost money in the poker games. All Stones did was to provide a venue for the poker game” reads the motion filed on behalf of the poker room’s parent company, Kings Casino LLC.

VerStandig responded by telling The Sacramento Bee that he’ll challenge the motion.

“I find it regrettable that they have elected to portray my clients as sore or otherwise frustrated losers. But we look forward to responding to their legal contentions through the judicial process and will do so in due course,” VerStandig said on March 5.

The push back from Stones Gambling Hall is the first in what’s likely to be a series of back-and-forth battles. However, the real drama will start when Postle is forced to offer a legal defense. According to local court files, the accused recently elected to represent himself.


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