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Stones Gambling Hall Files Another Motion To Dismiss Poker Cheating Lawsuit

Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis Also Files To Have Case Thrown Out

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Last week, legal teams for King’s Casino LLC and Justin Kuraitis each filed another motion to dismiss lawsuits against them in the Mike Postle cheating scandal.

King’s Casino LLC is the company that owns Stones Gambling Hall, the Sacramento-area casino where Postle is accused of cheating low-stakes live-streamed cash games out of roughly $250,000. Kuraitis, the tournament director at Stones, headed Stones Live and is believed to be Postle’s main cohort by many prominent members of the poker community.

Gambling attorney Mac VerStandig filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit last October on behalf of dozens of poker players who were affected by the alleged cheating. The suit was filed against Postle, Kuraitis, Stones’ ownership group, and a group of unnamed cohorts.

Over the last few months, the defendants have tried several times to have the case thrown out of court.

With its latest filing, lawyers for Stones have continued with its argument that they should not be held liable for anything that may have happened. The legal team argued that per California law, gambling losses can not be considered damages, plaintiffs were unable to pinpoint facts that prove their case and that plaintiffs were unable to form a logical counterargument to Stones’ first attempt at a dismissal.

“Plaintiffs have already had an opportunity to amend to address concerns raised by Stones,” read the motion. “In 56 pages, Plaintiffs failed to identify additional allegations they could make that would state claims for relief. They should not be granted leave to amend.”

In its first motion to dismiss, the casino argued that the plaintiffs were simply sore losers looking for an excuse.

“The lawsuit reflects the oldest complaints of gamblers – that their lack of success means they were cheated,” read the March filing.

In April, Stones claimed that “Casinos do not owe a general duty to care to gamblers.” VerStandig amended the complaint after each filing, which led to the multiple dismissal attempts from Stones.

This is Kuraitis’ first attempt at a dismissal. His lawyers made similar arguments to Stones’ as they cited California law not allowing gamblers to seek restitution over gambling losses in court.

Postle himself filed a motion to dismiss in March but is in some hot water over the filing. VerStandig is arguing that Postle, who is representing himself according to court documents, used a ghostwriter in the filing.

A ghostwriter isn’t against the law, but it is an ethical grey area, causing VerStandig to seek sanctions against Postle. Along with the original lawsuit filed last year in Northern California, Marle Cordeiro filed a separate lawsuit against Postle in Nevada last month.