Stones Gambling Hall sheds light on investigation details while many in the poker world remain concerned about impartiality. Plus a new winner on the World Poker Tour. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.
Stones Live Poker also halts use of RFID technology
One day after suspending all broadcasts of the Stone Live Poker stream, the Stones Gambling Hall has posted a series of tweets explaining their latest investigation of the cheating allegations from the stream centering around player Mike Postle.
In the tweets, the California-based card room announced that they would be halting the use of RFID playing cards while an independent investigative team is established. The team will be lead by Michael Lipman, who Stones says is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.
(1/4) .@StonesGambling is committed to the integrity of our games. We have been alarmed by allegations of unfair play occurring during the streamed broadcasts of our “Stones Live” games and have acted quickly to investigate.
— StonesLivePoker (@StonesLivePoker) October 3, 2019
Many in the poker community are calling for somebody truly independent to also be involved to ensure a fair investigation, with some suggesting Joey Ingram or the California Gaming Commission.
How could @StonesLivePoker have alleged to do an investigation months ago while Mike alleges to have just found out about the investigation into his play days ago??? Are they saying that the people who investigated this never asked Mike about what employees claimed?
— Joey Ingram 🤙🏻🤙🏻 (@Joeingram1) October 4, 2019
Speaking of Ingram, be sure to check out Joey Ingram’s latest marathon analysis:
Watch Ingram discuss the scandal with Doug Polk in a two-hour discussion from Thursday:
– Nitis Udornpim took down the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino on Wednesday night, beating Stephen Deutsch heads-up and outlasting 494 other entries to take the title after four days of play. Not only does Udorpim win his first WPT title but he also takes home a $319,415 first-place prize. Coming in second, Deutsch also wins an impressive $202,905 second-place prize. Udorpim’s victory nearly matches his total recorded live tournament winnings ($345,445) prior to the event.
The full final table results:
|WPT Maryland Live! Casino Final Table Results|
– Sean Winter continues to hold the lead in the 2019 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings as of early October. Winter is followed up closely by Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Sam Greenwood and Bryn Kenney. Meanwhile, in the GPI Top 10, Stephen Chidwick continues his hold on the top of the standings, followed by Alex Foxen, Rainer Kempe, Bryn Kenney and Sean Winter.
– PokerNewsDaily’s Earl Burton shares his thoughts on the “For Love or Money” poker documentary. The video, which is available through Amazon Video, takes a look back at two players during the 2018 WSOP.
– In today’s featured classic Grinderschool poker training video, we again look at the “Cash Games with Colossos” series. In this video, Colossos plays 2 tables of $0.10/$/0.25 no limit hold’em shorthanded.
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– In the latest episode of the Weekly Poker Showdown, Jaime Staples sits down with Ryan Schoonbaert to discuss a variety of poker topics including the Stones Gambling Hall cheating allegations.