A few days ago we ran a post about the resurfacing lawsuit of Iraj Parvizi against the Les Ambassaduers casino which finally named the names of the pair of poker pros accused of collusion. Roland de Wolfe and Josh Gould were reportedly seen on the casinos closed circuit television doing something akin to collusion by Richard Marcus, a self-proclaimed “expert in cheating.”
That’s all fine. But it should be noted that this is a story that, right now, should be taken with a grain of salt. Everything from the reasons of the lawsuit to the expert witness is subject to just as much scrutiny as the play of those at the table. Who better to point out some area of examination than one of poker’s more established detectives Haley Hintz. Having some personal experience, and therefore a little bias (which is acknowledged) Haley just wants to remind everyone that perhaps not everything is as it seems.
The new role in this of Marcus, who has proclaimed himself somewhere (perhaps in the court documents) as the world’s “best professional poker cheat,” has to be evaluated as well; he’s a veteran huckster at the periphery of the gambling world, and his claims of being an expert in certain areas relevant to this case are, in this writer’s opinion, suspect.
It’s an interesting take and one that, if this story is on your radar, is a complimentary piece to the puzzle. Who really knows what’s true? A wealthy, yet embattled financial figure – implicated in an insider trading sting – looks to sue a casino in which he lost millions playing high stakes. As Vanessa Selbst hinted at, it seems like – without all the facts – it could be another story of amateur player and sour grapes.
Still interested? If so, then you gotta check out this expansion of the story + OpEd from FlushDraw: ‘Expert’ Cites Roland de Wolfe, Gould in UK Casino Cheating Allegations