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Allegations of cheating on Stones Live Poker stream
Over the last couple of days, the poker world has fixated on a potential cheating scandal involving the live stream from the Stones Gambling Hall in California.
The cheating allegations were first brought to attention by Veronica Brill, who noted that one of the players in the game, Mike Postle, had been playing unusually and winning at a very high rate during Stones Live Poker streams. Discovered clips from the sessions have shown Postle to be making many unorthodox plays that turned out to be the correct decision, a subject which Joey Ingram addressed in a video posted on YouTube yesterday:
The broadcasts are streamed on a 30-minute delay but the feed is available live to a control room, which has raised suspicions that Postle could have been receiving help. Stones Live tweeted over the weekend that it had previously investigated other similar allegations earlier in the year and found no evidence of cheating in the games. The poker room also noted the recent allegations are “completely fabricated.” Postle has also addressed the controversy on Twitter:
There is so much I want to say and now so much that I am forced to say which involves gloating about my 16 year poker career. One that involves me being so successful everywhere I’ve played including online, that I’ve been accused of having an unfair advantage by a handful of 1/2
— Mike Postle (@Mike_Postle) September 30, 2019
The biggest wildcard in the story that may play to Postle’s defense is that the hands being circulated have been cherry-picked from a large amount of footage; it’s possible that similar plays that didn’t work out do exist in the streamed games but haven’t been found and circulated yet. We’ll be following the story as it develops.
– Legal Sports Report revealed that activity for an Ohio sports betting bill has increased with a revelation that an existing bill will have three amendments added next week. The bill could pass the House by the end of October when it would be negotiated in the Senate.
Speaking of regulated online sports betting, the New Jersey sports betting market continues to be the largest in the country. During August, New Jersey’s $293.5 in sports betting handle eclipsed Nevada for the third time in four months.
– WPT Maryland at Live! Casino began the day Tuesday with 51 players remaining and Brian Altman at the top of the chip count. By early evening, that number had been whittled down to 12 with Altman maintaining his lead. former WPT champion and Player of the Year Anthony Zinno currently sits in 5th place. The remaining players are guaranteed at least $24,330 in prizes with $319,415 going to the winner. Keep up with the action through live updates on the World Poker Tour website.
– Steven Sarmietro is the latest WSOP Circuit winner, taking down the WSOP Circuit Seminole Coconut Creek Main Event. Sarmiento defeated 617 entries to win the $188,158 first-place prize.
Tuesday’s featured classic Grinderschool poker training video is Part 11 of Elliot&ET’s “Zoom Poker” series. In this episode, Elliot&ET play 2 tables of $50 No Limit 6 max Zoom and discusses topics such as c-betting, check back range and balance ranges.
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– Doug Polk examines the crazy hand between Garrett Adelstein and Andy Tsai, involving an amazing fold from Adelstein: