Is There Such A Thing As A “Postle” Cheating Player?
Mike Postle is a world famous poker champion and professional poker player. He is a ten-time world champion and has been a finalist four times. It seems that this story line may have been the cause of his recent problems, because after winning a recent tournament in Las Vegas, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
In the latest turn of events, Mike Postle has in fact was preparing a suit of his own against some people and companies who he accused of defaming him in the press. At the time of writing this, the case is still ongoing, but we can get an idea of the direction it’s taking by looking at the allegations and counter-charges that are being drawn out in both the legal and public press. There has been a lot of coverage in the news as to the claims that Mike Postle made against some of the biggest names in online poker and, more particularly, in regards to his accusation that some of the top poker players were cheating. These include such names as William H bluff, Brian Tracy, Russ Hamilton, Antrel Rade and Annie Duke. We shall now consider just what the implications of these might be for those who play poker online and also those who work in casinos.
The first point to consider is that, first and foremost, there is no basis for Mike Postle’s suit being valid in the first place. For a start, it is highly unlikely that anyone at the top of the game, including those involved with live streaming, could actually be cheating at all. The entire concept of ‘cheating’ in poker is really quite alien to most of us. The only people who might be cheating at poker are the ones who claim to be doing so and then fail to deliver. The second point to consider here is that accusations of cheating in the press certainly don’t hold water, not from either players or by third parties either.
The next issue revolves around the question of whether or not anyone has actually been cheated out of money through postleaking. It is true that this particular player did state that some of the best players in the world were cheats, but it seems likely that this was motivated by jealousy and the fact that the world’s best poker player had been defeated by an unknown player. There have been many instances over the years where this particular poker world player has indeed been defeated by players known to the public. This does not mean, however, that everyone who leaks information has actually cheated. Anyone who leaks information has every right to do so. The fact that they didn’t intend to do it still stands unless proof can be produced which proves intent beyond a reasonable doubt.
What does this all mean for those of you, like me, who play poker with postlelegs? If you are a player who regularly bets on postage showdowns and who has a healthy respect for the integrity of the game, then you should not care about the Mike Postles story. However, there are still some things to be taken into account. While the story is interesting and may even make you think twice about your betting strategies, the lawsuit itself raises some interesting questions.
For instance, why have players such as Mike Steinitz gone on record stating that they weren’t cheating? In fact, most likely, they were referring to the fact that someone had posted on their MySpace page that they had been found cheating. Then, a week later, when the Mike Postle Poker lawsuit occurred, they came right out and stated that indeed, they were indeed cheating. This leaves the players of postle poker with the question of if they should be worried about being found cheating as well. They should, but they shouldn’t worry too much about it because the real issue here is not so much the cheating as it is whether or not the players we call “outsiders” should be trusted.
What many people don’t understand or seem to care about is that when someone cheats, it’s usually not because they don’t know better. They didn’t think of a possible advantage that would allow them to win a pot without having to bet. That’s a pretty dangerous game to play when you don’t realize that your opponents could be sitting next to you and ready to cash in any pot when you slip up with your bluffs. Most people seem to think that the only players who should worry about postle cheating are the ones that make a lot of money at post. Well, you might be right, but you shouldn’t have to be so quick to judge.
The point is that the internet is full of players like Mike Steinitz that act like they know what they’re doing, but really aren’t doing anything that would change the results of the hand they opened. That’s not to say that everyone out there on the internet isn’t a cheater, it’s just that the fact that they might be cheating doesn’t mean that you should stop playing the game. There are plenty of legitimate online poker communities out there where you can find support and information for other players who have been affected by the same thing as you, such as Mike Postle and others. There is no need to fear the internet or our legal system, and while you should definitely consult with a lawyer if you think your play is being compromised, you should also trust that people out there are honest and play fair.