“I promise you – you can keep this recording on my word – there’s no possible way you’re not going to get half after taxes,” Jamie reportedly said about the $12 million he would go on to win. “I can’t imagine you’re going to have a problem with it. I just don’t want any stress about any money or any of that shit going on today, or even after the end of the day.”
Gold continued, “But please just trust me. You’ve trusted me the whole way, you can trust me a little bit more. I promise you there’s no way anybody will go anywhere with your money. It’s your money.”
Gold’s word, as captured in this message, is now a crucial part of a lawsuit Leyser filed yesterday in the District Court in Clark County, claiming that he is entitled to half of Gold’s $12 million because of an informal arrangement the pair had made after Bodog enlisted Gold to recruit celebrity players in exchange for his $10k buy-in.
So basically it was like the Steve Dannenmann-Jerry Ditzell deal at last year’s WSOP, where the two Maryland-ers each put up $5k and agreed to split the winnings, but completely different–because Gold and Leyser are from Hollywood and rich folks from La La land don’t pay for measly shit like buy-ins to the WSOP. Not when you got Shaggy’s and Dax’s digits, baby. Those are worth their weight in gold, which in this case, may be worth $6 million (by the way, both went out early Day 1, for what that’s worth…again, maybe $6 million).
For the record, it’s worth noting that the Gold-Leyser arrangement was pretty much public knowledge among the non-public types like the media and pros over the last few days of the main event, and we even personally witnessed a bit of a panic from some because Leyser wasn’t alongside Gold when he was going through the payout procedures after his win; you know like Dannenmann did with Ditzell, but again, that was completely different, because Dannenmann proved to be a man of his word, whereas here, according to a source close to Leyser, Gold stopped being such a man sometime last week, which led to Leyser filing his suit on Monday.
Judicially speaking, Chief District Judge Kathy Hardcastle has already signed a temporary restraining order preventing Gold from collecting his winnings from Harrahs. And according to the court records over at the Distric Court’s website, a hearing on the matter will be held on September 1, 2006.
Until then we’re waiting on comments from both camps, and we’ll keep you posted as the story develops.
But don’t check out any of the erroneous pieces written by Norm Clarke at the Las Vegas Review Journal (here and here), which unfortunately our friend FlipChip at Las Vegas Vegas relied upon for his post on the subject. Somehow Norm misread the HollywoodInterrupted.com story as saying that the winnings split deal was between Bodog and Gold rather than Leyser and Gold. Truth is that Bodog never had a deal to get a piece of Gold’s winnings for staking him and they’re not claiming any piece of his winnings now. They’re probably just content with the “world champ” return they got on a $10k investment, taking away bragging rights from PokerStars for the first time since Moneymaker captured the title. But considering the mess Gold has been making since his win, one has to wonder if PokerStars would even want a piece of Gold now. Or even if Bodog still does.
While you wonder that, below is a pic of Jules Leyser followed by a video of Dax Shepard getting a pillow thrashing from some