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Gold settles WSOP lawsuit

7 February 2007

Jamie Gold has agreed to settle a dispute over the World Series of Poker Main Event $12 million prize, according to the Associated Press.

Gold and television executive Crispin Leyser agreed to settle the matter "without litigation," according to a statement released to the AP on Tuesday.

Specific details were not released.

"Jamie always intended on sharing his winnings with Crispin," the statement says. "Jamie and Crispin are happy to report they have fully settled this matter. They are pleased to be closing this chapter and look forward to continued success."

Shortly after Gold won the 2006 Main Event, Leyser filed suit against the champion, alleging that Gold promised to split his winnings if Leyser helped him find celebrities to play in the tournament.

Gold, a former talent agent, received his 2006 WSOP Main Event entry via Bodog in exchange for getting celebrities to wear Bodog gear at the WSOP's biggest event.

Gold allegedly enlisted the help of Leyser to fulfill his Bodog quota. Leyser's lawsuit claims Gold reneged on the deal after winning the tournament. Leyser presented audio-tape evidence as part of his lawsuit.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger L. Hunt, in September, ordered that the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino place half of Gold's winnings into an interest bearing account until the matter was settled.

Hunt also said that Leyser likely would win his claim to the $6 million.

Casino City will update this story as more information becomes available.

Gold settles WSOP lawsuit is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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Ryan McLane

Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.