Stones Gambling Hall has filed a motion to dismiss the $30 million case against owner Kings Casino LLC, Mike Postle, and Justin Kuraitis, tournament organiser. The motion claims that in live-streamed poker games, the accusations of cheating are nothing more than sour grapes from losing players.
Twenty-four Poker players sued Stones Gambling Hall and the two people, accusing Postle of collecting inside information on their hole cards during the streaming cash games.
In a court filing filed Wednesday night, Stones fired back on those allegations. The poker room denied in the lawsuit that there had been any hacking during the livestreams.
the motion for dismissal filed by Kings Casino LLC states: “This lawsuit reflects the oldest complaint of gamblers – that their lack of success means they were cheated.
“Stones had no stake in who won money or lost money in the poker games. All Stones did was to provide a venue for the poker game.”
The step caused derision from the poker community, with it being dubbed “embarrassing” by professional player Allen Kessler.
Lawyer Maurice VerStandig, who filed the lawsuit, said he was planning to fight the motion to dismiss the case.
“I find it regrettable that they have elected to portray my clients as sore or otherwise frustrated losers,” VerStandig told the Bee. “But we look forward to responding to their legal contentions through the judicial process and will do so in due course.”
Stones responded to the allegations of initial cheating by suspending its cash games on streaming. Additionally, the gambling hall announced it would investigate the claims, but maintains it found no wrongdoing.
“We have found no evidence that indicates there was cheating in the games in question. Stones is confident that it will prevail in this unwarranted lawsuit,” Stones said in a statement.
The players that have played with Postle feel different. They say in the complaint that Postle won at a statistically impossible pace and posted winrates far beyond those of world-class players. Postle also made incredible reads regularly, folding to better hands and calling bluffs correctly on nearly every occasion.
“In short, Mr. Postle’s poker winnings – considered in the prism of both metrics and hand-for-hand decision making – on Stones Live Poker have been not merely outliers, but, in fact, exponential outliers, representing a quality of play multiple degrees higher than that achieved by the best poker players in the world,” the lawsuit reads.
On the Stones livestream, there were moments when Postle lost. The complaint, however, claims that this only occurred when there was no “chief confederate” known as “John Doe 1.” That may or may not be Kuraitis who is defending Postle when he was accused by many in the poker community of cheating.
Though Stones denies any misconduct, it also objects to the complaint because the players are not specifically accusing the poker room of any wrongdoing.
“Plaintiffs do not allege that Stones benefited from Mr. Postle’s alleged cheating,” the motion to dismiss reads. “Plaintiffs even tacitly concede that cheating by players harms Stones’ business and reputation. It is confounding that Plaintiffs now sue Stones rather than seeking its assistance in their shared goal of preventing cheating in poker.”