Friday October 4, 2019 at 1:33 am

An alleged cheating scandal has blown up over the last week that Doug Polk referred to as the “biggest story of the year”. Sacramento-based pro Mike Postle got named in cheating scam after he went on a heater to win $250,000 in cash games while appearing on the Stones Gambling Hall live stream. After several days of bad press, Stones Gambling Hall shut down the live stream and hired a third-party investigator with an obvious conflict of interest.

cheatpostle.stones.sca

When it comes to cheating, the poker community has a best interest to police itself. We all want poker to be safe and legit, which means getting rid of the cheaters as soon as they've been exposed. In the Mike Postle situation, who has been accused of cheating while playing cash games on Stones Live Poker stream at Stones Gambling Hall in Northern California, there's too much damaging evidence in plain view for everyone to see.

Once word got out about these baffling moves, the poker community jumped into action and began combing through older streams.

Everything doesn't add up right. Good look for yourself at the numerous streams and come to your conclusions.

All of the videos and livestreams have been posted for a while now, but after crowdsourced analysis from the poker community, the consensus thought is Mike Postle was involved in some sort of shenanigans even though he's denied any wrongdoing.

Either Mike Postle is cheating or he's a member of the X-Men or some mutant with special powers that allows him to have X-ray vision.

Or maybe he's innocent and just that good at reading players, but then why would he be playing such low stakes and never above $5/$5?

Veronica Brill (aka @Angry_Polak) initially tipped off Twitter over the weekend after she was unable to get a proper response from casino officials. She played low-stakes $1-3 NL with Postle on the stream during a segment she hosted called Veronica and Friends.

Brill posted clips of the session where she felt something was off but wasn't sure if he was cheating or not. She asked others what they thought. She got a ton of guff first, but as more people took a look at the video she posted, the story got more traction on social media and on forums as notable pros chimed in.

A couple of other players and locals came forward with stories about Postle having a close relationship with one of the commentators and the person who installed the RIFD chips that are utilized for live streaming. Apparently, there had been multiple accusations by players, commentators and staff, but the nothing ever happened.

Joey Ingram from the Poker Life Podcast went for a true deep dive. If you have time check out his commentary and analysis that included a five-hour video. Ingram tweeted out his initial impressions, “Stones seems like a very fun place to play. Mike is a God at Texas Hold'em. This entire situation is shitty. Some of these hands are suspect.”

"Its a shame I need to dig thru my 16 year past to prove that I've played this style of poker the entire 16 years. Anyone who's played more than a cpl sessions with me knows it too. Along with that is nothing but people/accounts who can verify me winning that entire time," tweeted @Mike_Postle.

Haralabob, who's a stats geek with the Dallas Mavericks these days, also jumped into the mix. If anyone can crunch data, it's Haralabob who ran up his bankroll betting on pro basketball.

Many other pros like Timex and Scott Seiver gave their two cents and they all think he's cheating.

A small group felt of players like it was wrong to publicly accuse someone without proof, but no one has out right defended the guy aside from Mike Matusow, his family and couple of friends. Chris Moneymaker was one of the few pros who stood up for Postle and wanted definitive proof. Moneymaker said he knew Postle from back in Tunica, but they played PLO those days.

These streams are not exact proof, but it's suspicious enough to warrant a full investigation. A real one.

While sifting through live streams a couple of graphics glitches occurred. The announcers explained they had wrong hole cards for Postle on several occasions. Experts in RIFD, like pro Matt Berkey, stated that couldn't be the case.

"The graphics are wrong? For a third time? This is fucking bullshit," said Joey Ingram.

Once again, there's lots of evidence, but no precise proof. Occam's Razor would tell you it's some sort of inside job. It doesn't take an expert to tell you that he's getting some sort of intel on his phone and using that information to his advantage. Players run hot, but it's hard to run that good all the time while pulling off insane plays while rarely making mistakes.

It's ironic that a guy who bragged about crushing poker on live streams is being accused of cheating on said live streams and will have those streams used against him. With numerous super sleuths and detectives looking over every hand on the streams, more evidence will be collected. A wide range of poker players gave their initial impressions (consensus guilty) and now a legal fraud expert will be taking a look at the data.

I saw one graph that suggested Postle ran better than Potripper from the Absolute Poker superuser scandal. I mean, if that's not proof, I don't know what is. Postle still stands firm with his assertion that he did not cheat. Even Postle humorously said he also hired a third party to get their analysis of his winning sessions.

On Sunday, @StonesLivePoker tweeted that they addressed a cheating accusation earlier in the year. "We conducted a full investigation & found no evidence that any cheating had occurred. Stones Live stream remains a secure poker streaming platform. The recent allegations are completely fabricated."

That only fired up everyone even more and they dug deeper.

Doug Polk posted a video and picked out some of the most incriminating hands.

"You can't find plays where he made a bad river play," added Polk. "Absolute soul reads that I have never seen before in my life!"

On Wednesday, Stones finally did the right thing by suspending the live stream and stopped using RFID cards. They also announced launching a new investigation by a third-party team headed up Michael Lipman, a former assistant US Attorney who worked fraud for the Sothern District to California.

"So you've hired an attorney who previously represented one of the Stones owners (Ryan Stone) in 2016, to do this investigation? Sounds very independent," tweeted @ToddWitteles.

Sounds like a dog and pony show of an investigation is coming in an obvious conflict of interest case, but this is just another shit sandwich everyone has to eat and another fecal bomb that the community is going to have to clean up themselves.

For now, the poker community continues to collect evidence and investigate the matter independently. And word to the wise… if you are going to cheat at poker, make sure there's no video evidence that makes you look totally guilty.

Latest news
Friday May 22, 2020 at 3:56 pm
Breaking News
PokerStars postpones 2020 PSPC in Barcelona until 2021

No shocker here, but PokerStars officially postponed their second installment of the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). The $25K buy-in 2020 PSPC had been originally scheduled to coincide with the EPT Barcelona at the Barcelona Casino in late August. The PSPC will take place sometime in 2021 in Barcelona with a date yet to be determined. Platinum Passes are valid for the new dates and they will be running 80 additional chances to win one of the 400 passes.

Thursday May 21, 2020 at 12:00 am
2020 SCOOP: alexgirs wins Main Event for $920K in 3-way chop

The "high" version of the $10,300 buy-in 2020 SCOOP Main Event came to an end with Belarus' alexgirs outlasting 609 players to win the title and $920,595. The final three chopped including Pablo 'pabritz' Brito in second place and Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice in third. Also, at the final table were Pieter 'XMorphineX' Aerts, Daniel 'Oxota' Dvoress, Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo, Max 'goodeh99' Silver, and Benjamin 'bencb789' Rolle. PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis went deep and set Twitch stream records along the way, but the Dutch pro busted in 15th place.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 2:58 pm
Three Florida poker rooms to reopen this week

Poker returns to the sunshine state this week. A trio of poker rooms in Florida are set to open this week. Derby Lane in Tampa Bay, Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, and Bestbet Jacksonville in Jacksonville will all reopen under strict post-pandemic guidelines. Last week, casinos reopened in Deadwood, South Dakota. And now more states will slowly return to action, including tribal casinos in California.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Big Online Winners: Elio Fox, Charlie Carrel, 800-522-4700

Over the weekend, pandemic poker series were in full swing. 2-time WSOP bracelet winner, Elio Fox, won a 25K WPT Online Super High Roller for $565K and outlasted a tough final table that also included Tim Adams and Chris Hunichen. British pro Charlie Carrel, who won the 2017 SCOOP Main Event, binked his third SCOOP title with a victory in Event #70 Hight $530 NLHE PKO. Meanwhile over at GGPoker, a player under the screenname '800-522-4700' faded a field of 505 hopefuls to ship the WSOP Super Circuit $25K High Roller Championship for nearly $2.2 million and a coveted WSOP Circuit ring.

Saturday May 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm
2020 SCOOP: Steve O'Dwyer Ships 25K, More SCOOP

PokerStars will extend 2020 SCOOP because it has been such a huge success while the gaming world is under lockdown and quarantine. SCOOP is now 124 events that will run through the end of May, with an additional $50 million in guaranteed prize pools. Meanwhile, Steve O'Dwyer took down a 25K High Roller for his first SCOOP title and outlasted a final table that included Fedor Holz, Talal Shakerchi, and Ole Schemion.

Thursday May 14, 2020 at 2:44 pm
Venetian and Palazzo and Las Vegas Strip Casinos Eye Reopen in June

Over 20 casinos are currently open in the United States of America with a handful more expected to open this weekend and next week. Several Las Vegas casinos, such as Venetian and Palazzo, are planning on reopening in June despite the fact that the USA leads the world in COVID-19 and COVID-related deaths. Casinos in Arizona and Louisiana are set to reopen by next week, with many other casinos rushing to get ready for a June return.

Monday May 11, 2020 at 5:32 pm
David Costabile (Billions) wins Stars Call for Action celebrity charity tourney

PokerStars hosted the Stars CALL for Action celebrity tournament with $1 million donated to CARE International and various coronavirus charities. David Costabile, an actor most-known for his work on "Billions" and "The Wire", took down the tournament and won $100,000 for his chosen charity: World Central Kitchen. Also, at the final table were Douglas Costa, Jen Shahade, Casey Affleck, Chris Moneymaker, and Mike Tindall.

Friday May 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Stars CALL for Action celebrity poker tournament with Don Draper and Costanza

PokerStars is hosting a star-studded charity poker tournament to assist coronavirus relief. The 'Stars CALL for Action' takes place on Saturday, May 9 starting at 2pm ET and it will be available to watch on multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. There will be over $1 million (to charity) up for grabs. Some of the stars slated to play are 'Rounders' screenplay co-writer, Brian Koppleman, and a well-known Hollywood stars such as Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, Jason Alexander, and the guy who played Ross from 'Friends'.

Friday May 8, 2020 at 3:26 am
Deadwood, South Dakota casinos reopen, Derby Lane poker room changes mind

Three casinos in the USA will reopen to gamblers in Deadwood, South Dakota. Meanwhile, Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, Florida decided to hold off on reopening their poker room this week. They will reopen the greyhound racetrack without any live spectators but decided against hosting poker games. Heading into the second weekend of May, all major casinos are closed in North America, especially in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and none of their casinos planning on opening before Memorial Day.

Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 3:50 am
King's Casino in RozVegas to Reopen on May 11

With the coronavirus pandemic shuttering casinos across the globe, some casino operators are rolling the dice and reopening amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Three casinos in the Czech Republic will reopen their doors on Monday, May 11, including the King's Resort Rozvadov, Admiral Casino Rozvadov, and the King's Casino Prague.

Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Fedor Holz signs deal with GGPoker

Even though he's "retired" Fedor Holz and his training site, Poker Code, signed a deal with GGPoker as the online poker site continues to sign high-profile online players like Elky and Felipe Ramos and big-time ambassadors such as Daniel Negreanu.

Monday May 4, 2020 at 3:13 pm
World Poker Tour heads to partypoker with WPT Online Series

The World Poker Tour and partypoker teamed up to create the first-ever WPT Online Series, which will include 40 events and $35 million in guaranteed prize pools. Plus, there's the $5 million guaranteed Main Event that has a $3,200 buy-in and four starting flights. The Main Event champ also wins a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The series is already underway and runs from May 3 to May 30 only at partypoker.

Thursday April 30, 2020 at 4:06 pm
PokerStars introduces La Course in France

PokerStars.FR released a special format for their French players called La Course. This cycling-themed event features a 4-person progressive knockout SNG and Shootout format with randomized PKO bounty prizes. Players can start this race for a modest entry fee of €1, with various buy-in levels (sprint levels) up to €60. You win the sprint race by reaching a specific monetary number of bounties and can earn up to €100K in bonus prizes.

Thursday April 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm
Telex
Ready for 2020 SCOOP on PokerStars?

2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is upon us! PokerStars will host 80 events for a total of 240 tournaments starting today and running through May 19. There will be over $85 million in guaranteed prize pools. Click here for more info.

Tuesday April 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Galfond Challenge: Next up ActionFreak, five days a week

Phil Galfond will take on ActionFreak in the next installment of the Galfond Challenge over at Run It Once Poker. This heads-up PLO series, the third overall, will take place at €150/€300 stakes for only 15,000 hands. The two have an even money side bet worth €150,000. The first day of action lasted a brief time whole ActionFreak experienced technical difficulties. Action between Galfond and ActionFreak will resume on Tuesday.

Tuesday April 28, 2020 at 2:34 am
Alexandros Kolonias wins Poker Masters Online and purple jacket

At the first-ever Poker Masters Online, hosted at partypoker, Alexandros Kolonias cashed in 11 out of 30 events to win nearly $1.3 million and earn the prestigious Purple Jacket for finishing in first place on the PMO Championship Leader Board. Kolonias, the top Greek pro in the world who also won the 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event, locked up the purple jacket with a victory in Event #30 $10K 6-Max.

Sunday April 26, 2020 at 6:55 pm
High Stakes Poker: Gus Hansen vs Daniel Negreanu in $575K Pot

Flashbacks are always fun, especially monsterpottens involving two well-known pros clashing during an episode of the classic TV Series "High Stakes Poker". In this classic hand, Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu squared off in a $575,000 pot for the ages, which was the biggest pot in the history of televised poker (at the time). They both flopped sets, but Gus turned quads with pocket fives and fireworks ensued on the river.

Thursday April 23, 2020 at 4:18 pm
Las Vegas Mayor Goodman crazy CNN interview

Carolyn Goodman, the current Mayor of Las Vegas and wife of ex-mayor Oscar Goodman, shocked the world with her preposterous assertions about opening up the Las Vegas Strip during a live interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN. Mayor Goodman insisted that Las Vegas re-open in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Goodman immediately received blowback from all sides of the political spectrum and health officials.

Monday April 20, 2020 at 10:20 pm
Breaking News
2020 World Series of Poker officially postponed until fall

With a little more than a month to go before the start of the 2020 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, officials announced on Monday that the 2020 WSOP is officially postponed until the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Las Vegas casinos still remained closed for the remainder of April despite pleas from Mayor Goodman to reopen as soon as possible.

Friday April 17, 2020 at 12:15 am
Bertrand 'Elky' Gospellier latest pro to sign for GGPoker

GGPoker signed up Bertrand 'Elky' Gospellier to their growing roster of top talent that already included Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Felipe Ramos, and Bryn Kenney. Elky is a social media star and should be able to create exciting content with GGPoker. Elky is a Triple Crown winner with a pair of WSOP bracelets. Plus, he became the first-ever Supernova Elite player at PokerStars back in the day.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday May 28, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added