Garrett Adelstein has released a lengthy report that doubles down on his cheating allegations made against Robbi Jade Lew, and claims she was “very likely part of a cheating ring” operating at Hustler Casino Live.
Garrett Adelstein Report on Likely Cheating on Hustler Casino Live: https://t.co/nGPgDuSqdx
As an aside, @DGAFPokerPlayer has been a friend for over a decade and I have never questioned his integrity. From the evidence I have seen, the accusations against him are baseless.
— Garrett Adelstein (@GmanPoker) October 8, 2022
Adelstein accused Lew of cheating him in a crazy hand last week during the HCL livestreamed show, the poker community quickly taking sides as the allegations went viral.
Adelstein’s 5500-word report, released on the 2plus2 poker forum at the weekend, and described as a “novel” by Lew on Twitter, put forward every piece of possible evidence Adelstein could find to support his cheating theory.
Adelstein stated: “I can again say with great confidence that Robbi was very likely part of a cheating ring of at least three members, including her, RIP, Bryan and potentially others.”
Describing the “methodology” of such a cheating ring, Adelstein explained: “…Bryan had access to the hole cards, signalled information about those hole cards to RIP, Robbi, or potentially both, and Robbi likely used this information to cheat…”
RIP, aka Jacob Chavez, is the player who staked Lew in the highstakes game in question, a freeroll apparently in return for 50% of winnings.
Garrett Adelstein says a source “knows RIP as a union electrician” who couldn’t afford to play, let alone back a player at such high stakes ($100/$200/$400).
Bryan Sagbigsal took $15,000 off Robbi’s stack!
Bryan is Bryan Sagbigsal, a High Stakes Poker Production staffer who was found by an HCL investigation to have stolen $15k of Lew’s chips after the show ended.
An update pic.twitter.com/217duC33xJ
— Hustler Casino Live (@HCLPokerShow) October 6, 2022
Sagbigsal has since been sacked, but Lew’s decision not to push for criminal charges against him has been seen by some to indicate some closeness or possible hush-money situation, though Lew claims otherwise.
— Robbi Jade Lew (@RobbiJadeLew) October 8, 2022
While Garrett Adelstein was breaking down every detail of his evidence, others were also investigating the possibility of some serious cheating taking place.
Doug Polk was at Hustler to play, and found the time to dig into the set-up and how it may have been used, or abused, to aid in cheating…
Polk found some recent changes introduced by Sagbigsal in the production back room that made viewing the hole cards surreptitiously much easier.
Meanwhile, even Tom Dwan was getting in on the investigation, tweeting out timestamps of allegedly suspicious behaviour: “5:06:06: Robbi sees something off camera, gives an extremely concerned look, and then glances at RIP.”
Dwan adds: “5:06:26: Rip mouths “Get It!” while motioning that it’s something on the casino floor.”
With everyone and their dog playing armchair detective, Landon Tice was of the opinion that Lew should probably stop talking…
Garrett Adelstein claims that not only has Lew lied about the hand in question, in which she won and then later returned $135k, but has also lied about her relationships with others involved in and around the drama.
Lew hit back, stating: “Regarding the theft, I will say one more time, and only ONE MORE TIME. I have no relationship with this now-former employee Bryan, and I would challenge anybody reviewing the security footage to show otherwise.”
What bombshell will drop next in the HCL alleged cheating drama? Whatever it is…and there will almost certainly be something…we will bring it to you right here in the VIP Grinders poker gossip section!
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