The lawsuit against Mike Postle, King’s Casino and Justin Kuraitis is nearing a completion, the latest developments on the case suggest. Nearly a year after the alleged poker cheating scandal at Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights, California broke out, the majority of the plaintiffs agreed to settle the case for an undisclosed amount.
In the latest court filing asking for an extension Mac VerStanding indicated that a settlement was in the works and now that settlement has been confirmed. Representatives of the gambling establishment noted that the settlement will be nominal and as an expression of good will, but most importantly, lawyers in the case reached an agreement that Stones was not involved in any cheating.
“After reviewing evidence with the cooperation of Stones, my co-counsel and I have found no evidence supporting the plaintiffs’ claims against Stones, Stones Live Poker, or Justin Kuraitis. My co-counsel and I have found no forensic evidence that there was cheating at Stones or that Stones, Mr. Kuraitis, the Stones Live team, or any dealers were involved in any cheating scheme.”Mac VerStandig
The acknowledgement that neither Stones nor its live poker manager Justin Kuraitis were involved in any cheating did not mention a word about the central figure in the case, Mike Postle. He will not face any tangible consequences now that 60 out of 88 plaintiffs signed settlement agreements and their attorneys filed a notice of partial settlement and stipulation within the September 11 deadline for the amended complaint.
Non-Settling Plaintiffs Can File an Amended Complaint
Some of the other plaintiffs indicated they would not pursue the matter any further, but not Veronica Brill. The poker player who initiated the investigation of the exorbitant win ratio of Mike Postle did not agree to a settlement and is probably considering her next move, as the latest court filing indicated that non-settling plaintiffs may file an amended complaint.
According to the court papers, Veronica Brill and the rest non-settling plaintiffs would have only 20 days from September 11 to file an amended complaint, but the court indicated that period may be extended. If the amended complaint is filed until October 1, the court will keep the initial status conference date October 13, as listed in the court filing.
Mike Postle and Justin Kuraitis Speak
In line with the recent developments, Mike Postle and Justin Kuraitis spoke for the first time regarding the allegations. Mike Postle even suggested he would be selling the story to Dave Broom at 25/7 Productions to make a documentary.
“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.”Mike Postle
Justin Kuraitis, who is still with Stones, said he found himself facing an online propaganda machine, accusing wanna-be celebrity commentators on Twitter and YouTube of playing with lives in search for clicks and followers.
“The Twitter mob is real, it is ugly, and it has real life consequences. I have never before experienced so much hatred, ignorance and even threats of violence.”Justin Kuraitis
If non-settling plaintiffs decide to pursue the matter further, they would have to look for a new counsel as Mac VerStanding filed a motion to withdraw from the case.