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WATCH: Accused Poker Cheater Resurfaces And Gets Slow-Rolled At Final Table

Mike Postle Final Tables Biloxi, Mississippi Poker Tournament Under Different Name


Mike Postle In 2008The Million Dollar Heater main event played out in Biloxi, Mississippi this weekend with 1,074 entries in the $1,200 buy-in tournament.

One unwelcomed entry, however, belonged to the much-maligned Mike Postle, who was accused back in 2019 of cheating a livestreamed cash game at the Stones Gambling Hall in California.

Although Postle was cleared by a judge of the charges, it did little to help him in the court of public opinion. Most who have seen the evidence overwhelmingly believe that Postle is guilty, making him a pariah in the poker community.

As a result, Postle stayed away from public poker games for three years. Or, at least he wasn’t recognized.

On Sunday evening at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, some players noticed that a player going by the name of Michael Lawrence looked an awful lot like Mike Postle, even wearing a face mask. As it turns out, Lawrence is Postle’s middle name.

Postle was in the running for the $208,400 top prize, but ultimately went out in seventh place for $32,703. While many of his fellow players were annoyed to see him score a big payday, his exit was satisfying to watch.

Postle moved all in on a flop of 6Spade Suit 5Club Suit 4Heart Suit holding pocket tens, only for his opponent Brock Gary to go into the tank. Gary didn’t have a real decision, however, as he had flopped top set.

He finally did make the call, revealing the slow roll. There was no ten on the turn or river, and Postle was eliminated, eliciting some comments from the table and the rail.

“That’s for all the cheating that you’ve done,” someone said.

To add insult to injury, when Postle went to collect his payout, the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino said no. According to, lawyers for whistleblower Veronica Brill were able to have Postle’s winnings temporarily withheld as part of a California court’s order to re-pay attorney’s fees for a failed defamation suit. Postle was reportedly able to get his payout the next day, however.

Postle was alleged to have won upwards of $300,000 through nefarious means. Various theories were proposed, including electronic aids to help him know his opponent’s hole cards or the outcome of a hand before it was over.

Despite the statistically improbable win rate Postle displayed, definitive cheating could not be proven. In September of 2020, however, 60 of the 88 plaintiffs in a lawsuit accepted an undisclosed settlement from the casino.

Stones Gambling Hall Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis, who managed the live stream, was also accused of being Postle’s accomplice. Stones Live Poker has not been streamed since.

Brock Gary the slow roller was rewarded by chopping the Million Dollar Heater event for $144,380 along with Jeremy Eyer and Kooroush Gahedi, who got credit for the win.

*Recent Postle photo by Max Young