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Poker Pro Sued In Florida Over Backing Deal

Maurice Hawkins In $23K Dispute With Lawyer

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Poker pro Maurice Hawkins has been sued by a Tallahassee lawyer over a discontinued staking deal, the Miami Herald reports.

Attorney Hal Lewis reportedly is seeking nearly $23,000 from Hawkins from their 2016 backing arrangement. According to Lewis, he tried to resolve the matter first before taking the dispute public. Hawkins, who has $2.8 million in career tournament earnings, said he repaid $10,000 of the figure and used the rest for buy-ins, which he says were the terms of the deal. Lewis obviously disagrees and wants the full amount back.

The two men reportedly have known each other since early 2016.

According to the 37-year-old Hawkins, their backing deal resulted in more than $120,000 worth of winnings for Lewis. Hawkins has more than 20 cashes in 2017 alone, with combined payouts of $514,000. Last year was Hawkins’ best year ever in tournaments in terms of earnings, but he’s on pace to pass that in 2017.

Hawkins finished sixth in the World Series of Poker Monster Stack event this summer for $213,591. The event drew more than 6,700 players. The longtime poker pro won his record 10th WSOP Circuit ring in April.

Thanks to his results in 2017, Hawkins currently sits in 53rd in Card Player’s Player of the Year Race. He’s one of the hardest-working poker players on the circuit.

“It’s all about the money in this game, and there are people working at Burger King that have made more money this year than a lot of poker players,” Hawkins said in his 2016 Card Player Poker Life feature.

“The worst thing ever must be to reach the top, to experience that lifestyle, and then lose it all. Some of these guys can’t handle that, so they sell a huge percentage of themselves so they can stay in the big cash games and tournaments. If you see me win a million dollars, I want you to know that I actually won a million dollars and didn’t have to sell all of myself to get in.”