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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
 
World Series of Poker Champion to Face Lawsuit? SPOILER WARNING


For those still awaiting ESPN's September 26 broadcast of the August 10 World Series of Poker Main Event final table to find out who won it all, please STOP READING NOW.

The Las Vegas Review Journal gossip column reports that WSOP main event champion Jamie Gold may soon face a lawsuit from financial backers who will seek to claim some share of his WSOP $12 million payday.
There are rumblings of an "explosive" development in a story rife with more twists than an episode of "The Sopranos."

An insider says look for court challenges over whether Gold agreed to divvy up a share (or shares) of the $12 million prize he won at the World Series of Poker's main event Aug. 12 at the Rio.

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Yes, Gold was sponsored by the gaming site, bodog.com, Horn said. But, "He will be an ambassador. No money was involved."

An Internet report claimed Gold's sponsor would get 50 percent.
According to the same article and to the Defamer blog, Gold is also coming under fire for alleged exaggerations and misrepresentations of his background and career as a Hollywood agent.

UPDATE (8/25/06): Yesterday, news broke that a lawsuit had been filed against Gold by another Hollywood promoter (rather than bodog.com). A judge has issued a TRO preventing the Rio from paying out half of the $12 million prize.





3 Comments:

I know that he pledged $1 million to the dealers if he won, and that pledge has yet to be fulfilled.

He certainly didn't make many friends out there. I was working there for most of the Main Event, and his "Entourage" and beefy bodyguards stepped on a lot of toes -- pushing him to the front of long bathroom lines, et cetera.

It's my understanding Bodog paid his $10,000 buy-in in an attempt to use Gold as a pipeline to other Hollywood celebrities.

Anonymous tim in tampa -- 8/22/2006 2:26 PM  


Did BoDog agree to pay him thinking that he was something he wasn't? From what little I've read, it seems that he misrepresented his status (and clout) as an agent.

Was there a contract?

Blogger Satchmo -- 8/22/2006 6:52 PM  


focusing just on the end of the post. "Gold is also coming under fire for alleged exaggerations and misrepresentations of his background and career as a Hollywood agent." Imagine that a poker player lying (bluffing) to get something he didn't have before.

Blogger B.C. Barnes -- 8/22/2006 11:04 PM  


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