Poker Cheat Mike Postle’s Winnings Frozen as Veronica Brill Files Lien for Legal Fees

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Poker Cheat Mike Postle’s Winnings Frozen as Veronica Brill Files Lien for Legal Fees
10:50
19 Jan

Infamous poker cheat Mike Postle’s winning return to the game has been stymied by Veronica Brill, his $32,703 winnings frozen after the whistleblower who ended his livestreamed cheating shenanigans filed a lien to reclaim legal fees owed.

As we reported earlier this week, Postle – playing under a pseudonym in reports – cashed in the Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater Main Event. The 44-year-old Sacramento-based player turned his $1200 buy-in into a 7th place finish as the poker community, including Brill, looked on in shock and bewilderment.

For those who somehow missed the entirety of ‘Postlegate’ there are links below to our coverage of the biggest scandal of the last decade.

To cut a long story shorter, Postle was accused of cheating, denied it, and tried to sue numerous people for defamation. Both Veronica Brill and Todd Witteles were among those, but when the $330million defamation case fell apart, they countersued Postle under anti-SLAPP legislation.

Postle owes Brill $27,745 and owes Witteles $26,982, which combined amounts to more than his comeback winnings. When Brill tweeted in indignation about Postle’s deep run, she was immediately contacted by a lawyer.

Rogen Chhabra wrote:

“I’m licensed in Mississippi and have an office in Harrison County. Just saw this, so not sure we could pull it together fast enough, but I'd be glad to enrol your judgment in Harrison County and serve garnishment on the Beau. No charge.”

Brill took him up on the freebie offer and then Todd Witteles followed suit, looking for his share of the most notorious poker cheat in history’s winnings.

Witteles tweeted:

“For those who forgot, I didn't comment on Postle until a week after the story was already huge, and my coverage of it had no impact on his rep. He sued me anyway. We offered to not go after fees if he immediately dropped me from the case, and he refused. Time to #payup.”
According to Poker.org’s Haley Hintze, the lawyer who defended Brill in Postle’s defamation lawsuit, Marc Randazza, “also assisted the garnishment-filing process by notifying MGM’s corporate offices about Postle’s pending Mississippi payday and the California court-fees order already existing against him.”

MGM, the owners of the Beau Rivage casino, have reportedly frozen Postle’s winnings, though it is as yet unclear who will eventually walk off with the money.


If you have missed out on any of the drama surrounding Postle you can catch up below!


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