Stones Gambling Hall has been in the news for all the wrong reasons for the last two weeks as the California poker room has been implicated in what is being labelled as the biggest cheating scandal in the history of live poker streaming.
Allegations were made against Mike Postle who is considered to be one of the most successful cash game players and multiple poker players such as Doug Polk and Joey Ingram carried out their own analysis of Mike Postle’s live streams and claimed that it was nearly impossible for a player to have such a strong winning streak.
Stones Launches Forensic Investigation
Stones initially dismissed the allegations which cropped up on social media as baseless and would have expected these alleged cheating rumors to fade away. However, it gained a lot of momentum as a number of popular poker personalities shared their views and Mike Postle added fuel to the fire after he went on The Mouthpiece Podcast and denied all allegations.
Mike Matusow, the host of the podcast backed Postle even though he did not provide any evidence to deny the allegations made against him. The cheating scandal was soon picked up by mainstream media including ESPN and received global coverage which further tarnished the image of Stones Gambling Hall.
The California poker room suspended all live streaming and launched a forensic investigation into the cheating allegations. Michael Lipman, a former federal prosecutor has been brought on board to lead the investigation.
Lipman stated that based on his extensive experience, he can see that Stones Gambling Hall is very serious about the forensic investigation and will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this cheating scandal. He also stated that he was aware that a number of top poker pros had carried out their own video analysis of Postle’s play and concluded that he had cheated.
Lipman dismissed most of this video evidence as circumstantial and said that what is more important was to use forensics to gather precise information on what took place during Postle’s live streamed games. The forensics team from Stroz Friedberg will look at the hardware and computer systems used to broadcast these poker live streams.
Stones Gambling Hall is working closely together with the Bureau of Gambling Control and will be sharing the results of the investigation with the Bureau. Forensic investigators from Stroz Friedberg have already started working on the case but no timeline has been given as to when the investigation will be completed.
Stones Could Pay Millions In Lawsuit
The final result of the forensic investigation is going to be vital for Stones. The poker room has already been slapped with a $10 million dollar lawsuit from 25 plaintiffs who allege that they have lost thousands of dollars playing poker against Mike Postle. The lawsuit also hits Postle with a $10 million fine.
The lawsuit claims that Justin Kuraitis who is the Director at Stones assisted Postle with his cheating. There is another chief confederate who is unnamed in the lawsuit who is alleged to have also facilitated this on-going cheating.
If the forensic investigation turns out in favour of Stones and confirms that no cheating took place, it will help salvage the poker room’s reputation and also mean they will not have to pay out any fines. However, if the investigation shows that Mike Postle did resort to cheating during his live streams, it will not only hurt Stones’ financially but could also result in the poker room losing its license.
Mike Postle Attorney Responds
Postle has remained relatively quiet after his appearance on The Mouthpiece Podcast. However, his lawyer William Portanova has spoken to the media and claimed that it is indeed possible for a player like Postle to experience a strong winning stream.
Portanova claimed that when he plays poker he ends up losing every hand and hence understands both losing and winning streaks. However, he will need a lot more than a simple explanation to prove his client’s innocence!
This cheating scandal is going to continue to hog the headlines in the coming weeks as both sides look to tell their side of the story!

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