Accused Poker Cheat Mike Postle Goes All-In With $330 Million Defamation Lawsuit
Postle had been widely accused of cheating during a live-streamed game at a Sacramento casino
About a month after beating a $30 million civil lawsuit filed by 90 fellow poker players that accused him of cheating during a live-streamed game at a Sacramento casino in 2019, Mike Postle has gone all-in with a defamation suit seeking $330 million in damages from a dozen named defendants.
Among the defendants named in the suit are Veronica Brill, who blew the whistle on Postle’s alleged cheating, podcasters Joey Ingram and Daniel Negreanu (who is a poker star as well) and ESPN, which aired a segment on SportsCenter about the cheating scandal last year, as Wired reports.
According to the lawsuit, Postle’s accusers were aware they were lying when they called him a cheater on social media and in the actual media.
“Not only did defendants, and each of them, have no reasonable basis to believe these statements, but they also had no belief in the truth of these statements, and in fact knew the statements to be false,” the complaint states.
Postle claims the false accusations cost him a complete loss of his poker career and caused him an unhealthy amount of stress.
Brill, who started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her defense and has collected more than $25,000 already, told Wired that Postle’s lawsuit is designed to silence critics.
“I feel as though this is an aggressive scare tactic,” she said. “If we all succumb to running away scared then we will allow a precedent to be set within our community, and people who want to call out cheating when it happens will be too scared to do so. We will set a standard in our community of people being in fear of speaking up for what’s right.”
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