Around the country you will find a number of poker games that are broadcast for fans to watch, however they aren’t actually live, but rather shown on a 30 minute delay. The reason for that is obvious, if it were shown in real time, players could be fed information about their opponents’ cards in real time and use that information against them. And while nothing has been proven, there is evidence to suggest that one man has done exactly that.
Stones gambling hall is a casino just outside of Sacramento, well known for its live stream game, which is held on a special table with RFID readers. It is at that table where cheating is being alleged.
“I’m not sure how it’s being done, but they are definitely cheating,” said Peppermill Poker Room Manager Mike Nelson when asked about the situation two hours away, impacting many of his customers.
The initial whistleblower in the case was Veronica Brill, a former commentator on the live stream, who found the play of a poker player named Mike Postle – and his win rate – suspicious.
Stones Gambling Hall said it investigated Postle and the Stones Live game and found no evidence of cheating
Brill then contacted poker YouTuber Joe Ingram who began reviewing hours video from the stream, which is available online. His youtube videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and have inspired others do do even more research of the catalog of Stones Live videos.
Las Vegas poker pro Jeff Boski is one of the plaintiffs listed on a $10 million lawsuit that been filed against Postle and Stones Gambling Hall.
“It turns out over 69 sessions his win rate is at least ten times more than anyone ever in that sample size, which is a statistical impossibility,” said Boski, who has played on the stream against Postle.
In fact the research shows that in those 69 sessions, Postle has won in 62 of them, for a profit of over $250,000
“You can’t just chalk it up to luck,” said Boski. “Poker is a game of imperfect information, and it seems like he had information and he made decisions based upon that.”
As a casino manager, Nelson knows the impact this could have.
“If something like this happened on my watch, you would be interviewing an unemployed person,” he stated.