Mike Postle told the poker world nearly a year ago that he would release evidence that he didn’t cheat during live-streamed cash game episodes of Stones Live. But he’s never presented that supposed evidence publicly. As such, much of the poker community assumes he cheated players out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Instead of disclosing the evidence he claims to have, the Northern California poker pro may have decided to use Twitter as a means for defending his alleged cheating behavior. More specifically, he could be either running multiple pro-Postle Twitter accounts or have friends who are helping him out. He also has the defense backing of a site he used to work for — Rounder Life.
Postle affiliated Twitter accounts
Postle originally posted under the Twitter account @Mike_Postle. But he hasn’t tweeted under that account since September 30, 2019, a day after Veronica Brill accused him of cheating. In his last post, he mentioned he didn’t have time to go through countless hours of footage to prove his innocence.
Sorry I can’t go through 500+ hours of footage alone on just a cell phone. But you’ve made it clear who’s side you’re on already. We get it.
— Mike (@Mike_Postle) October 1, 2019
However, Postle may not have been absent from Twitter the past year. In fact, he may be quite active. There are a few additional accounts that could be either his personal accounts or run by a friend or family member. The first is @poker_thug, which conveniently joined Twitter just days after the cheating allegations came to light.
Posts under that account are mostly attacks on those who accused Postle of cheating (i.e, Brill and Marle Cordeiro), or strange bot-like off-topic responses defending Postle in a thread that isn’t about him, such as this:
No I’m not Postle!
I’m reaching to u bcuz ur the one that inspired me in my research. Like u, I felt there were better & less abrasive roads to take to give consideration to the player & the venue than @Joeingram1.
I’d compiled my evidence, report it & catch him red handed.
— Poker Derelict (@poker_thug) August 31, 2020
This “Poker Derelict” account also frequently retweets another suspicious account — @PokerHeroes1. You’ll notice much of the same type of content from @PokerHeroes1 as @poker_thug. Both accounts relentlessly defend Postle. And there’s also one other similarity between them — they often use the word “we” when referring to themselves.
We are so excited about Veronica Brill's new book coming #Amazon #KindleUnlimited @angry_polak
Word on the street is it's is full of exciting exploits w/ former boy toys @WizardOfAzaan @JonathanLittle @bjackson2718 @TuckonSports @Fattrain @TheJake427 @PLOcoin @alexpokerguy pic.twitter.com/rXbNwxEwx8
— PokerHeroes (@PokerHeroes1) August 28, 2020
Both Twitter users, who are potentially the same person (Postle?), attack the most vocal Postle accusers and relentlessly defend the accused poker cheater. For example, in the following post, you’ll notice a bold claim from “Poker Derelict”:
Is the poker community really looking for proof though?
I’ve seen more BS thrown at people in poker than any other industry with zero proof! https://t.co/F7jdDcqfVq
— Poker Derelict (@poker_thug) August 13, 2020
The poker community spent countless hours watching old Stones Live streams to find evidence, and had very little trouble. Poker pros such as Joe Ingram, who shared dozens of hours of Stones Live episodes on his YouTube channel last year, uncovered hundreds of questionable hands played by Postle.
Media outlet hard at work defending Postle
Rounder Life isn’t a major poker publication. But it does have a moderate following. The site has a section devoted to Postlegate coverage. In each of the 15 or so articles related to the alleged poker cheater, the author defends Postle.
In one headline, Rounder Life made quite the bold claim, “Statistics in Postlegate Completely Fabricated.” Another headline read, “Reporter’s Error Lead to Misreported Facts in Postlegate.”
You may have looked over those articles and assumed Postle is affiliated in some way with Rounder Life. And your assumptions would be correct. Although Rounder Life’s Twitter account claims Postle has never worked for the site, nor has he ever been paid by them, a look at a 2008 Rounder Life magazine issue suggests otherwise.
On page 4 of the magazine, you’ll notice a section listing employees who helped contribute to its creation. Under the “Marketing & Promotions” section, you’ll see a familiar name — Mike Postle.
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