Mike Postle Seeks Civil Case Dismissal for Allegedly Cheating at Stones Gambling Hall

Mike Postle is fighting back against the plaintiffs who claim he cheated on live-stream at Stones Gambling Hall. The Northern California poker player filed a motion to have a $10 million civil suit against him dismissed.

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If the case against him is proven, Mike Postle will go down as one of the biggest cheaters in poker history. (Image: YouTube)

Postle’s co-defendant, Stones Gambling Hall, has also filed a similar motion. The casino recently argued that there isn’t proof cheating occurred. And, even if one of their players cheated, they aren’t responsible for a customer’s actions, the motion filed earlier this month claims.

Stones also faces a $10 million lawsuit filed by 25 plaintiffs who claim to have been cheated. Mac VerStandig, who specializes in poker law, is representing the alleged victims in the case.

Postle has been mostly absent since the accusations came to light. In October, he appeared on Mike Matusow’s podcast. He denied the allegations in the interview and said he would one day release evidence proving he didn’t cheat. But we’re now six months since Veronica Bill brought forth the allegations and not one shred of evidence has been released by the accused cheater.

Postle has avoided poker media since the Matusow interview. He is now, however, attempting to have the entire lawsuit dropped.

Lawyer Questions How Postle Motion was Leaked

We know that Postle filed a motion to have his case dismissed on March 25. We know this because there is a court document available on RounderLife.com, a poker website that appears to be taking a pro-Postle stance in this case, as opposed to most media pundits and poker players on social media who believe he’s a cheater.

VerStandig, the plaintiff’s lawyer, finds it peculiar that RounderLife was able to obtain the court documents.

RounderLife has a history of defending Postle. On Jan. 9, the poker site posted an article titled, “New Numbers Cast Doubt on Postlegate.” Since Postlegate exploded in October, RounderLife has posted more than 10 articles presenting their evidence in favor of Postle’s innocence, but we couldn’t find any articles on the site that oppose that narrative.

Postle Seeks Dismissal

Postle is accused of cheating on live-streamed “Stones Live” cash game shows that appeared on YouTube. His accusers allege that he used some sort of electronic device to view his opponent’s hole cards, winning hundreds of thousands of dollars. The amount he won over more than a year remains in questions, however.

For the alleged behavior, he now faces a $10 million lawsuit from some players who faced him in those games. The trial is scheduled for May 5, 2020, at the United States District Court Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

But the court documents RounderLife mysteriously disclosed indicate Postle is seeking a dismissal of the case. Postle’s attorney, William Portanova, penned a 15-page motion to US District Judge William Shubb. In the document, he argues that the defendant “lacks a cognizable legal theory or sufficient facts to support a cognizable theory.”

He also states in the motion that factual allegations against a defendant must be enough to raise a right of belief above the speculation level.

In layman’s terms, Portanova is arguing that the accusers can’t prove cheating occurred based on Postle’s improbable win rate. To prove their case, Portanova suggests, they’d need hard evidence such as video catching him cheating or an audio recording of Postle admitting to cheating.

That argument is why many poker players, including some who believe Postle is a cheater, don’t have confidence that justice will be served.

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

Comments

vladdracul wrote...

I saw the video in question and it sure appeared that the guy always had to check his phone before making a decision in the poker game he was playing. If he wasn’t checking his phone, he sure seemed preoccupied with checking his crotch. I guess it would be too late at this point to check his phone for whatever app or program he might have been using but surely somebody would know whether it was even possible to put a an RF ID reader on a phone and whether or not one had been on a phone? But yeah, without hard evidence it would be very difficult to prove cheating, after all, poker is a game with “variance”. I have seen one and 2 outters hit before in a few games but that is a lot different from knowing what your opponent is holding. I still do not think “marking” cards with RF chips or whatever is a good idea, just for this reason.

xOneCoolHandx wrote...

This is a routine motion in cases like this. The defense picks at the Plaintiff’s Petition and tries to find flaws and weaknesses and files a Motion like this 98% of the time. As a Plaintiff’s attorney, I see this in almost all cases. What will likely happen is that the Plaintiff’s will amend their Petition and the Defense will file a new Motion to dismiss, both sides will brief their arguments and the slow wheels of the legal system will grind forward. I know this stuff is new to most of you in the poker community, but this really is business as usual in the legal world.

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