Stones Gambling Hall, through its parent company King’s Casino Management Corp, has filed a second motion to dismiss the $10 million lawsuit it currently faces in relation to the Mike Postle cheating scandal. The casino, located in Citrus Heights, California, is at the center of cheating allegations which came to light in September 2019.
Stones filed the updated motion as a response to the amended civil lawsuit handled by gaming attorney Maurice “Mac” VerStandig. The casino had already filed a motion in early March, denying any liability in the matter, and characterizing the plaintiffs as “losers”, who blame alleged cheating for their lack of success in gambling.
The complainants fought back by coming up with fresh allegations, accusing Stones of negligence, fraud, as well as violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). The number of plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit also grew from 25 to 89, including whistleblower Veronica Brill. The former Stones commentator also lodged a libel claim against the casino for dismissing her allegations as “completely fabricated”.
Last week, Marle Cordeiro filed a separate $250,000 lawsuit against Postle, accusing the latter of cheating using his cellphone where he had access to his opponents’ hole card information, sent to him by one or more unnamed “confederates”, whom many believe to be Stones Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis.
Stones: We Have No Duty of Care To Players
In the updated motion, Stones states that the plaintiffs have been unable to specify a cognizable claim in accordance with California law, and that it is impossible to determine any damages because losses stemming from gambling are too speculative, as pointed out in a case law involving another California casino. The filing debunks the plaintiffs’ negligence accusations, saying gambling losses cannot be determined as damages.
The latest filing also presents multiple precedents, suggesting that the complainants should be able to provide enough facts to support their claims, and not just rely on innuendos and insinuations. As plaintiffs have only cited “mere possibility of misconduct”, they are unable to prove that their allegations are indeed true, the motion argues.
Stones continues to deny any involvement in the alleged cheating, arguing that none of the plaintiffs was able to prove that they played with Mike Postle after talking to Kuraitis, or that they lost to Postle after interacting with Kuraitis. The motion seeks for each allegation to be dismissed as they do not constitute a cognizable claim under California law. Furthermore, Stones says that like any other casino in the state, it has no duty of care to gamblers, and cannot be sued for gambling losses.
VerStandig Responds
Reacting to States second motion, VerStandig said the court documents appeared to be well-drafted and prepared by an “excellent” legal team. The gaming attorney criticized the casino for consistently portraying the plaintiffs as sore losers, and described their pronouncement of having no duty of care to customers as “disheartening”.
VerStandig said they are looking forward to pursue their case in court and will formally answer Stones’ latest motion in due course. VerStandig also said they trust the judicial system.
Meanwhile, the poker world hasn’t heard much from alleged cheater Postle since the massive scandal erupted last year. In March, it was reported by an affiliate site that the poker player also filed a motion to dismiss the civil lawsuit against him, though it was later found out that he had links with the site and that he could have been the one who leaked his own court documents.
Postle was a regular at Stones, often playing in their livestreamed cash games. He would cash in almost every game he played, recording exceptional win rates. Because of that, he was hailed as one of the “best” players, though he rarely took part in any other tournament outside Stones. His alleged misconduct was reportedly an open secret in the poker community in Sacramento, but it only blew up last year.
We will continue to follow the latest developments on this case.

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