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Alleged Poker Cheater Mike Postle Sues Poker Community For Libel And Defamation

Poker Pariah Files Suit Against Whistleblower Veronica Brill, Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, Phil Galfond, And Other Prominent Members Of Poker Community


The case against alleged poker cheat Mike Postle was dismissed in early June with the majority of plaintiffs agreeing to a settlement with the Stones Gambling Hall and its tournament director Justin Kuraitis, who was in charge of the livestream.

Now, Postle is starting a legal battle of his own, suing many prominent names in poker for libel and defamation.

Professional poker player and outspoken critic of Postle, Todd Witteles tweeted a screenshot of the suit Thursday night.

In addition to Witteles, Postle has filed suit against former Stones employee Veronica Brill, who brought the allegations to light a year ago, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, high-stakes gambler Haralabos Voulgaris, poker personality Joey Ingram, as well as ESPN, Poker News media, and Upswing Poker, Run It Once, Crush Live Poker, Solve For Why, and Poker Coaching, which are run by poker pros Doug Polk, Phil Galfond, Bart Hanson, Matt Berkey, and Jonathan Little, respectively.

Despite his initial victory in court, Postle has been seen as guilty in the eyes of the majority of the poker public, many who have been outspoken in their belief that he cheated, most likely with the help of an accomplice. Theories on how it could have happened range from bone-conducting headphones in his hat, to hole card information sent to his phone, but so far, no one has been able to definitively prove Postle cheated outside of his statistically improbable winnings and seemingly near-perfect poker play.

The filing also lists John Does 1-1,000, which allows Postle’s legal team to add defendants as they move forward in the legal process. Essentially, anyone that made public statements affirming that Postle was cheating is listed as a defendant.

Galfond recently undertook an effort to compile every hand Postle played on the Stones livestreamed poker games to gather statistics that could help prove cheating occurred.

Postle filed the complaint in the Superior Court of California in Sacramento County. He is being represented by the high-profile Beverly Hills-based law firm Lowe & Associates, which specializes in entertainment and business law.

In a response to Witteles’ tweet, high-stakes mixed game pro Matt Glantz seemed shocked that the firm would take the case, tweeting, “He must have a family member or close friend who works for the firm.”

The complaint states that Postle is seeking damages and injunctive relief for defamation and slander, trade libel, false light, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

A crowd-funding site was set up to hire legal representation for Brill, who was the first to accuse Postle. It met it’s $20,000 goal in less than eight hours.