Stones Live Suspends Poker Live Stream, Promises New Investigation

Stones Live live-streamed poker games have been suspended while the host casino investigates the allegations against Mike Postle.

As the evidence against Mike Postle, the California poker pro accused of cheating on the Stones Poker Live live-streamed cash games continues to mount, the host casino has suspended all of their live-streaming and are promising a new independent investigation.

In a statement, released over the course of four tweets on the live-stream Twitter account @StonesLivePoker on Thursday, Stones Gambling Hall promised the poker community that the allegations of wrongdoing are being taken seriously.

“(Stones Gambling) 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.

Yesterday, we temporarily halted all broadcasts from Stones. We have also, as a result, halted the use of RFID playing cards. We have taken these steps proactively while we conduct a multifaceted and thorough investigation into every element of these games.

To that end, we are today announcing the creation of an independent investigation team. The team will be led by Michael Lipman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, and Chief of that office’s fraud unit.

He is assembling other members who will be announced in due course. Stones intends to conduct this investigation and share outcomes with transparency. We will provide updates as appropriate.”

This statement represents an about-face by the company just five days after the same Twitter account attempted to assure the poker community that an investigation had already been completed and that there was nothing to the allegations first raised by Veronica Brill.

The promise of a new investigation has not been without controversy though. Michael Lipman, the person leading the new investigation has previously represented Ryan Stone, one of Stones’ co-owners, in a legal matter causing some to question the independence of the investigation.

VerStandig represents Brill and is working to put together a much larger class action lawsuit.