Mike Postle made a return to streaming this week, but it, unfortunately, wasn’t in a matter in which he hoped. Instead of battling it out at the felt, Mike Postle was left defending himself in court.
This week, the Stones Live Poker player engrossed in the now-infamous cheating scandal participated in a hearing in front of a Sacramento Superior Court, which was hosted via a Zoom chat.
Postle represented himself for oral arguments in response to a ruling that Postle owes the attorney fees of Todd Witteles, a poker player who was sued by Postle for defamation. Witteles had filed an anti-SLAPP motion after Postle had sued Witteless and various members of the poker community for their role in publicizing the cheating scandal.
During the hearing this week, Postle dismissed the lawsuit, which affectively gives Witteless a victory in the case. During the hearing, Postle used the opportunity to bemoan that his legal team had left the case and attempted to argue that the fee burden from the defense should be reduced due to “overinflated” billing. Postle requested that the billing be “looked at” but did not cite any evidence to back up the claims. The court found that there was no “egregious” billing.
Postle also used the opportunity to reiterate that there was “no evidence whatsoever” that he cheated during Stones Live broadcasts.
The appearance of Postle on the Zoom call is believed to be the first time the poker public has seen Postle since the fallout of the scandal that shook the poker world in the fall of 2019.
In the wake of Postle’s appearance in the hearing, Witteles voiced his approval with the judgment, which was for $26,982 in attorney’s fees, tweeting that “it was not a fun experience…and the matter is done.”
They just finished the final hearing in Postle's case against me. I now have a judgment for attorney's fees of $26,982 against him. This was not a fun experience, but my attorney Eric Bensamochan did a spectacular job, and the matter is done. @Angry_Polak's hearing is next week.
— Todd Witteles (@ToddWitteles) May 12, 2021
Mike Postle dropped his $330 million defamation lawsuit last month — which was against defendants as wide as Joey Ingram, ESPN and Daniel Negreanu. When Postle dropped the lawsuit, it was a precursor to Witteless and Brill’s victories in their anti-SLAPP lawsuits. At the time of Postle dropping the lawsuit, Brill commented, “Mike voluntarily dropped the case against me and many others. Now he owes me my legal fees.”
Next week, former Stones Live commentator Veronica Brill will have her case heard.
Many of the other plaintiffs in a similar case ended up settling with King’s Casino and Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis.