Social Media Gloating Triggers Poker Pro Phil Galfond Into Re-Opening Mike Postle Cheating Case
High-stakes poker ace Phil Galfond intends to Maximize every hand performed with alleged poker Newsgroups Mike Postle and provide a comprehensive analysis of his drama. He hopes his findings can assist definitively establish whether Postle tricked a low-stakes money match from a reported six characters.
The Maryland native, high-stakes money game crusher and proprietor World Series of Poker bracelets tweeted Saturday he is taking up the cause after viewing the casino’s tournament manager, also Postle’s alleged accomplice, Justin Kuraitis, have a “victory” lap on social networking.
I’m a busy man. I probably wasn’t ever going to think about Postle again, but (Justin Kuraitis) responded to a legal “success ” by taunting the victims.
If we obtain all HHs into PT or a spreadsheet, I’ll produce a detailed report with proof (or lack thereof) myself.
– Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) September 19, 2020
Last week, after most of the 88 plaintiffs accepted a settlement, and their lawyer signed a statement saying that there was no evidence to prove that Postle was cheating or that Kuraitis was involved, Kuraitis released a four-page statement that lambasted his accusers and reasserted his innocence.
Kuraitis then spent the next several days breaking a year-long silence on Twitter by arguing with anyone who still believed that Postle cheated, which is the vast majority of the poker community. He also goaded Veronica Brill, the former employee of Stones that brought the accusations to the public nearly a year ago. Brill was one of the plaintiffs who refused to sign the settlement and has continued to stay outspoken in her beliefs that Postle cheated.
To date I have seen no hard evidence of @mike_postle guilt. Only speculation, fake data and confirmation bias.
If there is ACTUAL PROOF, show me and I will change sides/apologize.
If Mike cheated fuck him!
If he didn’t fuck you all!
– Justin Kuraitis (@JFKPokerTD) September 17, 2020
Ummm I didn’t https://t.co/CEOdZ9Mr6X
– Veronica (@Angry_Polak) September 16, 2020
One of the focal points of Kuraitis’ debate was that the win-rate alleged by the plaintiffs, accusing Postle of winning medially $250,000 and $300,000 in largely $1-$3 and $2-$5 no-limit hold’em money games, was inflated. The true money won by Mike Postle was away by six-figures.
While Galfond’s attempts will lead to an accurate win speed for Postle, Galfond considers it isn’t the optimal statistic to find evidence. Instead of win rate, Galfond will be looking at the percentage of time that certain plays worked for Postle.
Galfond will look at 17 different scenarios that should have close to an even distribution medially success and failure for anyone that is playing without the knowledge of their opponent’s hole cards. Someone that has access to that information, like Postle is being accused of, will have a lot of closer to perfect results.
Those scenarios are as follows:
1. River bluff success rate (bet)
2. River bluff success rate (raise)
3. River call efficiency (i.e. how often Postle makes the correct river decision)
4. Preflop four-bet frequency when nobody has pocket aces or kings
5. Preflop four-bet frequency when someone has pocket aces or kings (and Postle doesn’t have pocket aces)
6. Preflop five-bet frequency when nobody has pocket aces or kings
7. Preflop five-bet frequency when nobody has pocket aces or kings (and Postle doesn’t have pocket aces)
8. Fold to flop raise when raiser is unpaired
9. Fold to flop raise when raiser is paired or better
10. Fold to turn raise when raiser is unpaired
11. Fold to turn raise when raiser is paired or better
12. Fold to river bet with the best hand
13. Fold to river bet with the worst hand
14. Fold to river raise with the best hand
15. Fold to river raise with the worst hand
16. Bet percentage on river with hands that chop
17. Raise percentage on river with hands that chop
It appears that Galfond wasn’t the only individual who was annoyed by Kuraitis’ gloating. Several poker players responded to Galfond’s tweet offering their help with the project. The group of volunteers will work to put every hand that Postle played on camera into a hand history format that can be uploaded to poker software that will allow Galfond to quickly break down the data.
So many of you have already reached out and offered to help – thank you! I’ll let you know as soon as we’re ready for help with the transcribing.
After we’ve got the hands, we’ll convert them into a format that allows us to gather statistics. 2/
– Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) September 20, 2020
Poker pro and former Stake me to play columnist Bart Hanson recently took the time to evaluate several hands played on the live stream, offering his opinion that Postle could somehow see the other player’s hole cards.
Postle himself has not been active on Twitter, but did tell the Sacramento Bee that he is participating in a documentary to tell his side of the story that “won’t just shock the poker and gambling industries, but the entire world. “