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Gold issues statement regarding lawsuit
Jamie Gold issued a statement through his publicist last week in response to the lawsuit filed against him that claims he owes half of his $12 million World Series of Poker Main Event winnings to a possible business partner.
" Jamie Gold is disappointed that the plaintiff, a person he has only known since July of this year, has elected to file litigation rather than continue the parties' discussions in an effort to find a resolution to this matter.
"Mr. Gold believes strongly in the American judicial system and believes that it is better to present his case there than to try the matter before the court of public opinion. He is pleased to have had the opportunity to participate and win the World Series of Poker and is pleased with the quality of the tournament, his outstanding opponents, and Harrah's, the event organizer."
"Mr. Gold further appreciates the support of his fans and sponsor, Bodog.net, and hopes that this unfortunate litigation will not detract from the outstanding efforts of the entire field of participants in the World Series of Poker."
On Aug. 21, Bruce Crispin Leyser filed a lawsuit in the Las Vegas District Court that lays claim to half of Gold's WSOP winnings because of an informal business deal the two had made. Leyser alleges that he helped Gold find celebrities to wear Bodog.com gear during the WSOP in exchange for half the seat that Gold was being given from Bodog.com for his work.
Bodog.com issued a statement concerning the lawsuit saying "We made the final decision to include [Gold] on Team Bodog in the World Series due to his aid in setting up our celebrity team, his successful tournament background, and his master-student relationship with Johnny Chan. We are unaware of any side deal he may have made in obtaining these celebrities."
Leyser claims he came up with two celebrities to wear the Bodog.com logo during the tournament and that Gold told him Bodog.com wanted him to play in the tournament rather than Leyser, but they would split any money won from the seat.
The $12 million is still in the cashier's cage at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where the WSOP took place. A temporary restraining order was issued to prevent Gold from collecting his winnings until at least Sept. 1 when the first court hearing takes place.