Regardless, we’re just saying.
What we will say though is that Jamie Gold’s attorneys have finally told his side of the story in the Motion they filed on Wednesday, November 1. And it’s compelling; first, in the way that it shapes Gold’s promise to share his winnings as a non-enforceable gift rather than a bargained-for agreement, and two, in the way that it makes Crispin Leyser seem like a sad, desperate, overly eager, down-on-his-luck guy who Jamie felt sorry for, that is until he began harassing Gold like an obsessive, needy girlfriend who wants to know everything is fine with the relationship and calls and calls and texts and texts like an annoying
bitch girl and then files a lawsuit against you without notice.
For those who think reading legal documents is, well, like reading legal documents, a summary of the allegations after the jump, along with photos of Crispin’s wife, Jules Leyser….
In his Motion to Dissolve Preliminary Injunction, Gold makes the following claims:
– Bodog gave him his WSOP seat because “of his poker skills and prior tournament wins,” and his agreement with Bodog did not in any way require him to secure celebrities in exchange for the WSOP seat.
– During their meeting, Leyser allegedly said that he was hurting financially and told Gold that he had no source of income to pay rent on his California home and that he was about to lose his home in Britain. In the Motion, Gold’s lawyers even refer to the NPR piece on Leyser,
– The first sign to us that Leyser may be someone to be weary of–in a remember-that-scene-in-Swingers-when-Favreau-left-that-girl-like-10-messages-right-after-meeting-her kind of way–was when he sent an email to Gold immediately after meeting him that read:
Great to meet you today and really looking forward to dinner tomorrow night. I’ll call you in the morning (but not early) to check that you received this, so that you can e-mail me the info.
FYI, I enclose my resume. Hope the poker gods have been treating you well.
– Leyser didn’t nail McConaughey or Perry, for Bodog. But he did nab
– Gold explains further in his supporting affidavit: “I then expressed a desire to take care of Leyser by sharing a portion of my winnings. I did not mean that he would received fifty percent of the winnings or that he was ‘sharing’ my seat.”
– The motion then details how when word got out that Gold was the chipleader at the Main Event, the Leysers began texting him and calling him incessantly and flew to Vegas and, as Gold says, “Leyser harassed me through demanding and distracting phone calls and text messages. These calls/messages were almost hourly and happened while I was at the poker tables.”
– On the last day of the tournament, Gold claims that Leyser repeatedly harassed him with phone calls, and “hoping to remove Leyser as a distraction,” Gold left the
– Negotiations ensued with Gold’s attorney seeking some type of indemnity agreement or hold back of funds for tax liability purposes, but Leyser would only accept being given the entire $6 million. Period.
– Gold also claims that Leyser didn’t want the customary tip to come out of his gift.
– In the middle of their talks and while Gold’s attorney sought a better understanding of potential tax liabilities, Leyser, without notice, filed the lawsuit heard around the poker world, and then some.
– In his Motion to Dissolve Prelimary Injunction (in other words, to have the court compel the Rio to pay out the remaining $6 million to Gold now), Gold makes the legal argument that there was never a valid contract and that Gold’s promise was merely a gift that went undelivered and that “the law is clear that a gift is not enforceable unless delivered.”
So, what say you?
For some past Wicked Chops Poker posts on the Leyser-Gold suit, go