Former Stones Gambling Hall Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis has broken his silence with a blistering statement commenting about the Mike Postle cheating scandal, which also coincided with new comments from Mike Postle.
The statement comes on the heels of a settlement between Stones Live owner King’s Casino, Justin Kuraitis and 62 plaintiffs. As part of the settlement, plaintiffs were paid an undisclosed amount “to show goodwill.”
Plaintiff attorney Maurice VerStandig described the settlement as an “amicable settlement that we’re happy with.” In a separate statement coinciding with the settlement, VerStandig said that the team “had found no forensic evidence that there was cheating at Stones.”
With over two dozen plaintiffs choosing not to settle and the court of public opinion firmly believing there was cheating involved, there are likely to be few minds changed, even with Justin Kuraitis’s four-page statement released on Tuesday:
There are some things I've wanted to say for a while now@Joeingram1 @Angry_Polak @DougPolkVids @mac_verstandig @Mike_Postle @MarleCordeiro @RealKidPoker @StonesLivePoker @notthefakeSVP @RounderLife @haralabob @espn @barstoolsports @kirkrexfordhttps://t.co/2FERsqGoFJ
— Justin Kuraitis (@JFKPokerTD) September 15, 2020
In his statement, Kuraitis maintained his innocence and called out the whistle-blower in the case, Veronica Brill, stating that she did not provide evidence that Postle was cheating, only a “belief” that Postle was cheating. He also said of the plaintiffs: “the pain and unfairness of their allegations and the wrath of the social media mob and internet bullying lingers.”
Kuraitis also had strong words for those in the poker world (notably Joey Ingram, Daniel Negreanu, Matt Berkey, Jason Somerville) saying that “they jumped at the chance to be in the spotlight with numerous false claims.”
After months of silence, Mike Postle made comments to the Sacramento Bee, which didn’t provide new information on the case but did suggest there is a lot more to tell.
As much as I’d like to say, all I can really say right now is that I have my side of this entire fiasco to tell. It won’t just shock the poker and gambling industries, but the entire world. This all goes way beyond just my innocence, but includes an entire incredible 17+ year story along with it, and what’s happened since the allegations. In fact, it’s such a mind-blowing story, that it’s being told to Dave Broome at 25/7 Productions who will be producing a wild documentary for the world to see on it!
I’ve been waiting for many, many months on this and I’m anxious for it to finally come out. So to all the detractors and accusers who have asked, ‘Why hasn’t he spoken or provided his evidence of innocence and explanations? Well guess what? … Now you know.
Veronic Brill holding her ground
One of the most prominent Plaintiffs in the Stones Live cheating lawsuit is Veronica Brill, who worked for the casino as a commentator for the Stones Live stream. She was one of the handful of plaintiffs that did not agree to the settlement.
And she is not letting the victory for Stones Live and Kuraitis impact how she feels about the situation.
I didn't sign the settlement
I am free to continue to tell the truth
— Veronica (@Angry_Polak) September 15, 2020
The poker community reacts to Kuritis’s statement
Notable poker players and personalities have reacted to the latest developments as you might expect, including two of poker’s rivals on the same side of the issue:
First of all, I have no clue who you are or why I was mentioned.
After reading this, however, it just seems way more likely that you had to of known this dude was cheating. Oh, and cheating he was.
No one loves their crotch that much bro. GTFO
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 15, 2020
1) You and Postle are innocent in the eyes of the law because the legal system is not fit to determine if you were cheating or not.
2) Gambling debts in court are very difficult to enforce.
3) Please stop insulting the poker community with this complete nonsense. https://t.co/urZkE3pgue
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) September 15, 2020
Maybe she’s rubbing off on me!
I just found the statement frustrating. It’s 1 thing to defend yourself & proclaim your innocence. It’s another to do a weird victory lap (based on quotes that were settlement terms) & bash the whistleblowers & content creators who did great work. https://t.co/FgWmxKtHVh
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) September 16, 2020
Reaction to the upcoming documentary
Although many involved have settled, this hardly looks like the end of the story.
An interesting nugget to come out in the wake of the news was Postle’s revelation that a documentary is in the works by Dave Broome, the head of 257 Productions. Broome has been involved in such shows as The Biggest Loser and the Ultimate Beastmaster.
Some in the poker industry have expressed concern that a documentary would be free from bias, suggesting that the documentary is funded by Stones Live.
If you liked Justin's four Page letter, wait till you see that type of thought process in a 2 hour "documentary" funded by stones
— Veronica (@Angry_Polak) September 16, 2020
For his part, Boome confirmed the project but noted that Stones will not be funding the project:
Todd – I don’t play projects out on social media. I’ve made an exception here so that everyone can see my transparency. Stones is NOT funding the project. Will have more announcements in the near future. I want to hear from the poker community in this doc series. Thanks. https://t.co/MtQYEi1jDZ
— Dave Broome (@broome88) September 16, 2020
Even without a documentary in the works, this looks like a story that won’t be going anywhere any time soon.