|A district court judge has issued a restraining order to prevent Bodog.com sponsored WSOP champion Jamie Gold from collecting his winnings until the settlement of a lawsuit against Gold filed by Crispin Leyser, a television development executive and instructor for the World Poker Tour Boot Camp. |
The lawsuit claims that Leyser should be receiving half of Gold's first-place prize money from the WSOP main event due to an arrangement the pair had made prior to the tournament. It stipulates that Leyser was approached by Gold, whose entry fee was paid by Bodog.com, seeking assistance in finding celebrities to play under the Bodog flag. If celebrities were found Bodog agreed to provide either Gold or Leyser a seat at the main event, and according to the lawsuit both players agreed that whoever received the seat would halve their winnings with the other.
Clark County (Nev.) Chief District Court Judge Kathy Hardcastle issued a restraining order on Tuesday to prevent Gold from collecting his winnings from the Rio Hotel and Casino until at least Sept. 1, when the first hearing of the lawsuit is scheduled.