Jamie Gold, the 2006 world series of poker champion, says that he does not have any intention of giving up half of his $12 million prize money to a man he met briefly before the tournament.
TV executive Bruce Crispin Leyser claims that Gold made a verbal agreement with him to split the prize money if he helped bring celebrities to the tournament. Leyser even has a recording of the alleged promise.
After Gold failed to pay him his half, Leyser filed a lawsuit against him in Clark County District Court.
First week of November, Gold filed a court brief where he takes the position that the agreement was nothing more than "a promise to make a gift".
Richard Schonfeld, Leyser's attorney, tagged Gold's position as "absurd". He says that Gold's mere admission that the deal did take place affirms that Leyser is entitled to half of the prize money.
"We're glad they finally took a position," he said. "Even though we were extremely confident in our case, we are more confident now that we will prevail."
In his court brief, Gold said that he had no intention to literally give Leyser half of his winnings, only part of it. Gold said he broke the promise he made to Leyser because Leyser "unnecessarily" filed suit and smudged Gold's reputation.
November 14, 2006