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Old 09-09-2021, 02:23 PM   #13151
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

He made folds no pro could rationally make. Some stacks make your hand stronger too. But no, he just always was right. He wasn't even doing anything except calling huge or folding.
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:45 PM   #13152
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

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From earlier in the tread ...
Thanks for digging that out. The post before it explains why nothing happened very clearly, although that obviously wasn't #1PEN's intent...

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Hey guys, first time posting here in about 10 years. Mind is blown. Been playing poker for 15 years and haven't seen anything quite like this, well maybe pottripper. Can't believe I'm comparing GTO with CTO (crotch theory optimal aka what's the best line when my opponent's hole cards are in my crotch). I've invested 50+ hours into this so I'm pretty well informed.

I was watching Joey Ingram's stream last night until 3am, then woken up by the lead investigator in the criminal case at 8am. I've been in contact with them the last few days, mostly relaying a lot of the videos and posts here to them. Great job by the entire poker community minus Matasow on putting this whole case together. As of this morning, Postle has not been arrested. The investigating team still doesn't have all the evidence for criminal conviction although I sent them the 6 minute Berkey video + 33 minute GUMPNSTEIN video + blue phone screen shot all this morning, so we'll see if that changes anything.

We all know Postle is cheating, but we need 100% proof. I dissected the only 10-25-50nl game on Stones Live Poker today. Last night I had it playing while watching Ingram's stream and didn't think he was in God mode at all, but after dissecting it today, he's in God mode but only after 3:31:00. First hand in God mode is AQ. Sorry for being off about that in the chat last night. Crazy to watch though. He's almost for sure not in God mode and crushing the game the first 3 and a half hours, then decides to flip the switch. Also there's a guy standing behind him from 2:32:40 until 3:26:00, he tries to go into God mode at 3:26:29, but realizes the guy is still standing beside him, so it would look fishy, so he gets up, walks around, misses a hand, comes back and the guy isn't standing behind him any more and he's almost 100% in God mode for the next 45 minutes. Plays completely different than the first 3 and a half hours, lots of crotch staring. I'm sure there are other examples of this, but after watching this, its safe to assume that he's always switching back and forth between playing legit and God mode, it's not a consistent thing. Also when he's not in God mode, he's still pretty damn good. He plays a few strange hand like the 45 v Ac9c, QJ v QT, and open folds A8o on the button in the last 30 minutes of the stream. Its tough to determine if he's in God mode in these hands, or if he's content with running $5k up to $26k and doesn't want to make it any more obvious, puke. The reason why I was so curious about this stream is because it was after allegations were made, cell phones were banned and it said God mode on the spreadsheet you guys made, with hours of him clearly not being in God mode. I thought Stones and Postle might have tried to play clean on this stream, but nope, just a 3 and a half hour set up winning 10k on top of the 10k he was already up.

Also I think it's worth noting his play against "Augie" after watching this stream. This is pure speculation and I have no proof other than the way they play a few hands, its just weird. The 65 v TT, A4 v KT, AQ v J9, its all just really really weird, could be nothing, but worth noting. If anyone can confirm or deny this, LMK.

What the investigating team and I (can't believe I'm going to this length of investigation) are mostly looking for is proof of other stones employees in connection with Postle and more proof with the cell phone. Just encouraging you all to continue to work on this for criminal conviction. He (and connected stones employees) really deserves to be in jail for this and its nice to see so many people wanting to keep the game clean as you all have shown! If you want to contact me directly please PM me on twitter @PeterNeffPoker and please let me know if there is any new evidence I should look at, thanks! -Peter Neff
He's in "God mode". He's not. It's because someone's standing behind him. He made $10K legit, but the other $10K had to be God Mode. How do I know? He's always switching. But I know.

There's a lifetime supply of magical thinking without a shred of actual evidence in that post.
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Old 09-09-2021, 10:11 PM   #13153
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

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He made folds no pro could rationally make. Some stacks make your hand stronger too. But no, he just always was right. He wasn't even doing anything except calling huge or folding.
I'm not quite sure what you are saying here but if you watch the streams he does to more than calling huge and folding. He also overbets to push players off chops for example. He also isn't always in god mode but the point is that in among quite a lot of normal / reasonable plays he makes there are quite a lot of egregious ones.
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Old 09-09-2021, 10:15 PM   #13154
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When they knew they were being cheated but continued to play they lost all credibility.
You've made a similar claim a few pages back, but this makes no sense.

Who, specifically, is "they"? Obviously Veronica would be one. Who else?

When exactly did these people know that they were being cheated, and how long did they continue to play with Mike, despite knowing?

Veronica had the initial suspicions after announcing several streams and seeing hole cards, but still did not know for sure. It was only after she exposed this cheating on Twitter that it gained steam on the internet and several people started analyzing hands, and then shortly thereafter everyone pretty much knew he was cheating. I recall the Stones stream was shutdown pretty much right after this all broke.

You imply that several people ("they") knew for sure that he was cheating and continued to play with Postle at Stones for days or weeks on end despite knowing he was cheating, thus losing all credibility. This was not the case.

From the FAQ in post 1:

Q: Why is this blowing wide open just now this week?

A: A former employee and commentator of the stream, @Angry_Polak, took to twitter. @joeingram1 took her allegations seriously, as opposed to many others she had previously raised her suspicions to, and then the ball started rolling
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Old 09-10-2021, 07:12 PM   #13155
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

From a Brill interview. Suspected six months before it hit the fan.

VB: It was in mid to late March. I think it was March 21 because I texted Bart [Hanson] the next day, which was March 22. I went back and looked at my texts. So, I reached out to Bart before I talked to Justin and I said, “I think there’s some issues. I think that Mike might be cheating. I can’t put my finger on it. I can’t figure out how he would be doing it even if he is.
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Old 09-11-2021, 08:54 AM   #13156
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

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The first step to getting an investigation would be to file a complaint with the california gambling commission. It's hard to be 100% sure, but so far I've seen zero evidence that any of the supposedly harmed parties did so.

If anyone knows otherwise, I'm all ears.
I can't speak about the filing of a complaint, but I can vouch 100% for the fact that the GC conducted an investigation, including interviews of all the characters named in this thread and a few more that were never mentioned.
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Old 09-14-2021, 12:49 PM   #13157
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

Alleged Poker Cheat Mike Postle Files New Motion in Bid to Avoid Involuntary Bankruptcy

"Mike Postle was back in court this week, the alleged poker cheat filing another motion in an attempt to dismiss an involuntary bankruptcy petition that could see him forced to liquidate assets to pay court judgments won by Veronica Brill and Todd Witteles.

Postle owes $55,000 in two almost judgments after he dropped his $330million defamation lawsuits against Brill and Witteles, the money awarded after they filed anti-SLAPP motions.

Postle failed in his attempt to prove his lawsuit wasn’t frivolous, but has so far refused to stump up the money he owes, which has led Brill and Witteles to seek Postle’s involuntary bankruptcy.

Should the involuntary bankruptcy be invoked, it would force a court-appointed solution to his debts, likely including the liquidation of any assets Postle might hold, such as his home.

However, Postle claims that the involuntary bankruptcy process was “filed punitively” by Brill’s lawyer, Marc Randazza, although it was Witteles’ lawyer, Eric Bensamochan, who actually filed the suit."

“During the dates where she claimed that I cheated, my win rate across all hands played was a respectable 79%. However, Ms. Brill and supporters of her claim cherry-picked hands, rejected dozens of hands where I had lost and instead fabricated a 94% win rate.”

https://www.pokertube.com/article/al...ary-bankruptcy
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Old 09-14-2021, 01:22 PM   #13158
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Re: Mike Postle cheating allegations (FAQ in first post)

This is goofy. Anyone reviewing the play with moderate to expert knowledge of the game of holdem can see that he does things that are not possible to do without knowledge of his opponents cards. The argument that "you think I cheated some of the time but other times you think I played normally?" is not an argument. It is exactly what he is being accused of.

The attorneys/judges demanding definitive proof is goofy because we already have it, but they don't possess the knowledge of the game to understand that. If they aren't able to see that there is clear evidence of cheating, then they don't possess the prerequisite knowledge of the game to make a judgement in this matter. "Explain this to me in terms that I can understand" is not a good strategy when the matter at hand is too complex for a layman to have explained to them. Do they not defer to medical experts and scientists in cases? Here they should have the sense to do the same, but since gambling is a grey-area and is dominated by casino money/lobbying there is no way to approach this subject. Bringing clear evidence to a person who can't understand it and so is unwilling to believe it is basically what the internet has devolved into, so this shouldn't be surprising, but it's ridiculous.

The concept of cheating includes the answer. You cannot detect clear patterns and evidence as a layperson because that is the intent. Cheating at a game is intended not to be noticed. The poker community should be behind this, because if they hammer away and are able to get somewhere this could be a landmark case that would keep future cheaters from feeling safe in their methods.

It is obvious that Postle cheated, and there is video evidence. The goalposts are being moved(I lost some hands though/I didn't seem to know my opponents cards all the time) and that is the only reason Postle is able to drag this out. Those points are completely moot. If you are caught stealing from your job, do you get to point out the rest of the days where you were not caught? Does video of you putting money into the register cancel out the day you were caught stealing? These are foolish analogies but it is frustrating to see a legal system insisting on authority in these matters when they aren't educated enough/the system is too antequated to properly rule on them.
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Old 09-14-2021, 02:35 PM   #13159
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“During the dates where she claimed that I cheated, my win rate across all hands played was a respectable 79%. However, Ms. Brill and supporters of her claim cherry-picked hands, rejected dozens of hands where I had lost and instead fabricated a 94% win rate.”

https://www.pokertube.com/article/al...ary-bankruptcy
LOL! He still doesn't get it. This guy is thick. His win rates and cheating have nothing to do with the lawsuit Ms. Brill won. She won the lawsuit because he filed a case that impeded Ms. Brill's first amended rights, and dismissed it voluntarily, thus proving to the court it was frivolous and entitling Ms. Brill's attorneys' to recover attorney's fees.
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Old 09-14-2021, 10:28 PM   #13160
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It is obvious that Postle cheated, and there is video evidence. The goalposts are being moved(I lost some hands though/I didn't seem to know my opponents cards all the time) and that is the only reason Postle is able to drag this out.
No. As discussed at length in the last several pages, the reason he will get away with it is because a California law from the 1850s bars the courts from adjudicating gambling debts, and because no DA would file a criminal case for various reasons also discussed. That's it.

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If you are caught stealing from your job, do you get to point out the rest of the days where you were not caught? Does video of you putting money into the register cancel out the day you were caught stealing? These are foolish analogies....
This example has nothing to do with an 1850s California law about courts and gambling debts, so any civil litigation would bear no similarity whatsoever to the short-lived civil case involving Postle.

I'll leave it to experts to speculate on whether criminal charges would be pursued in this kind of situation.

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This is goofy.
Indeed, but the law is the law. Not much you can do about it if someone cheats you at poker in California, apparently.
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Old 09-14-2021, 10:33 PM   #13161
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LOL! He still doesn't get it. This guy is thick. His win rates and cheating have nothing to do with the lawsuit Ms. Brill won. She won the lawsuit because he filed a case that impeded Ms. Brill's first amended rights, and dismissed it voluntarily, thus proving to the court it was frivolous and entitling Ms. Brill's attorneys' to recover attorney's fees.
That is quite an impressive own goal. At least he's as bad at finding good legal advice as he is at ethics or at concealing his misdeeds.

I feel like someone somewhere must have already Photoshopped a pic of Dealer/Judge Mesiwala pushing Postle's $55,000 stack to Witteles and Brill.

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No. As discussed at length in the last several pages, the reason he will get away with it is because a California law from the 1850s bars the courts from adjudicating gambling debts, and because no DA would file a criminal case for various reasons also discussed. That's it.



This example has nothing to do with an 1850s California law about courts and gambling debts, so any civil litigation would bear no similarity whatsoever to the short-lived civil case involving Postle.

I'll leave it to experts to speculate on whether criminal charges would be pursued in this kind of situation.



Indeed, but the law is the law. Not much you can do about it if someone cheats you at poker in California, apparently.
This information(thank you for rehashing it though) is why I wrote the post in the first place. The law needs to be updated, and while there is a clear legal barrier, it would be prudent for the poker community to not drop this one. "There's nothing we can do" paints the picture of you as living within some ordained society that needn't evolve over time. The hard part is always updating antiquated systems but it is necessary and will be even more so in the future if Postle's situation is allowed to slide past. The whole "we don't have to hear this complaint because (insert 1850s law)" is lazy, and the "if we hear this complaint then we would get flooded with a ton of frivolous and unsolvable claims" is not a valid excuse but a clear indication that new clear legislation needs to be written. It generally isn't without a metric ton of pushback against people refusing to do their jobs based on legal precedent, so it's even more important to drop anchor here. It would be an exhaustingly fruitless process, yet seems necessary.

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Old Yesterday, 01:05 PM   #13163
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You do know you are going to have to sit in the front of the bus of every state to accomplish this goal? Have fun. Good luck.
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This information(thank you for rehashing it though) is why I wrote the post in the first place. The law needs to be updated, and while there is a clear legal barrier, it would be prudent for the poker community to not drop this one. "There's nothing we can do" paints the picture of you as living within some ordained society that needn't evolve over time. The hard part is always updating antiquated systems but it is necessary and will be even more so in the future if Postle's situation is allowed to slide past. The whole "we don't have to hear this complaint because (insert 1850s law)" is lazy, and the "if we hear this complaint then we would get flooded with a ton of frivolous and unsolvable claims" is not a valid excuse but a clear indication that new clear legislation needs to be written. It generally isn't without a metric ton of pushback against people refusing to do their jobs based on legal precedent, so it's even more important to drop anchor here. It would be an exhaustingly fruitless process, yet seems necessary.
The law won't change. Indian casinos are super powerful lobbyists in state legislature, especially because they are in lightly populated area where their money goes along way.

Their lobby would never let a law be passed that makes casinos liable for gamblers.

Poker players have no lobby. Someone has to initiate a change and overcome powerful forces, which won't happen.

Only chance would be if California Supreme Court struck down the law, but super long shot at best, will take years if not decade, would take a great case on the facts (clear injustice and not 5 live streamed games over $200k), and hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions of dollars.
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Old Yesterday, 06:56 PM   #13165
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I can't speak about the filing of a complaint, but I can vouch 100% for the fact that the GC conducted an investigation, including interviews of all the characters named in this thread and a few more that were never mentioned.
It's been two years - can anyone link to anything related to this investigation or its outcome?

IF you are correct, given the time elapsed it seems certain the outcome of the investigation was favorable for both Postle and Stones.
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