Accused poker cheat Mike Postle followed the same legal route as the casino he allegedly cheated in, filing a motion to dismiss a pending $30 million lawsuit.
It appears, however, that Postle may have leaked the filing to RounderLife, a publication that has been linked to the defendant on several occasions.
Despite being listed on the media company’s masthead as part of the marketing and promotions team, both Postle and the publication, have vehemently denied any connection. These denials come despite the fact that the site has published several articles attempting to disprove any evidence that Postle cheated.
In fact, a quick look at the site’s “news” section shows that the last eight articles posted have been in defense of Postle, and there has not been any other articles posted since September of 2019.
RounderLife published the filing in full without blacking out the personal information of Postle himself, including his personal address and email. According to KickAss Poker, who obtained the original filing, the email was changed from one that included “roundermagpro” in the address to a more generic Yahoo account.
Attorney Mac VerStandig, the lawyer heading the suit against Postle, Stones Gambling Hall, and its Tournament Director and suspected accomplice Justin Kuraitis, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that those documents had not been published, which is why there was no clerical stamp on the document.
It is peculiar @RounderLife has obtained Postle’s motion, filed “late this afternoon.” Counsel were e-mailed copies earlier today; it has not been docketed, hence no clerical stamp appearing thereupon. I’ll forbear from commenting on the motion itself. https://t.co/yJXd06ydcG
— Mac VerStandig (@mac_verstandig) March 25, 2020
VerStandig said that he had problems serving Postle legal notice and hinted that Postle may have been evading him. In February, VerStandig said that he filed an affidavit of service after leaving documents on Postle’s doorstep.
The casino’s motion argued that the room itself did no wrongdoing and that Postle, if guilty of cheating, was the main culprit at hand. Postle’s motion argued that the lawsuit against him lacks any substantial evidence.
“Plaintiffs fail to describe with any specific poker hand, with any specific Plaintiff, describing any specific fraudulent conduct, causing any specific injury,” read the motion. “Plaintiffs’ Complaint alleges that Mr. Postle worked with an unidentified “confederate” through an unidentified method to secure information regarding the cards of unidentified poker players in unidentified historical games. There is no attempt to describe any particular hand or any particular conduct by Mr. Postle that is alleged to have comprised fraud.”
Many in the poker community, including whistleblower Veronica Brill and high-stakes poker pro Matt Berkey, have offered several theories as to how Postle could have cheated. All of which involve different ways of accessing information from the Stones Live Poker live stream.
Wednesday evening, VerStandig filed an amended complaint to the lawsuit. The amended version of the suit now drops the $30 million that the group of poker players were seeking in damages down to $15 million and addresses how Stones is at fault for the alleged scandal.
Earlier this evening, we were privileged to file an amended complaint in the pending Postlegate litigation, on behalf of nearly 90 members of the poker community. We look forward to proceeding with our case in court, and have faith in the judicial system. https://t.co/FJ2f6ohHLy
— Mac VerStandig (@mac_verstandig) March 26, 2020
“By downplaying concerns and, in doing so, allowing Mr. Postle to continue cheating, Stones was able to enrich itself by continuing to collect a so-called “rake” from the plaintiffs herein, even though they would not have participated in games with Mr. Postle – and thusly not permitted Stones to enrich itself off of such games,” read the amended complaint.