Chad Elie

Chad Elie Returns to Poker Scene, Civil Lawsuit Still Ongoing

Chad Elie in 2010.

Chad Elie in 2010.

It’s been a big ten days or so for convicted online-poker payment processor Chad Elie, who was released from a California federal prison camp on June 26th after serving the mandatory 85% of a six-month sentence he received in his “Black Friday” plea deal.

Elie quickly Tweeted “I’m bacccccckkkk!” to his 2,200 Twitter followers, then followed it up with unexpected news: he’s been signed to an endorsement deal at a small site called Attack Poker, and is playing the ongoing WSOP Main Event wearing Attack gear, along with the site’s four other endorsers — Eli Elezra (who just won a bracelet), Billy Baxter, Lisa Hamilton and Luke Schwartz.

Attack Poker’s page now listing Elie as an endorser refers to him as “Black Friday Defendant” and “Poker Activist”, and it’s an interesting twist in the ongoing Elie saga.  Whether or not Chad Elie actually knows how to play high-level poker isn’t even the story; it’s that Elie’s been put into the WSOP Main fresh out of prison by a fledgling site that most people have never heard of.  Attack Poker is one of those free-play for prizes sites that have been popping up now and then for the last several years, and it remains to be seen whether they have any staying power.

Funny thing, this Attack Poker / WSOP sponsorship story isn’t even the only Chad Elie tale of interest currently in the news.

Three weeks ago, we checked in on Elie’s ongoing civil lawsuit against prominent gaming attorney A. Jeff Ifrah, who has represented Full Tilt and PokerStars in various legal matters, in particular in matters connected to the US market.  Through a strange sequence of events we explored here in an earlier three-part series, Ifrah also came to represent Elie in a couple of other legal matters after having once chased Elie into court for $4 million gone missing from a California bank account in Elie’s control, used for poker processing.

Weird stuff all around.  Three years later, Elie was serving his six months (less time off for good behavior) and filing a malpractice action against Ifrah from his prison cell, in which Elie alleged that Ifrah withheld key legal advice regarding the proposed online-poker processing, and the allegation that Ifrah himself was a secret government witness in the DOJ’s Black Friday case.

Ifrah issued a heated response three weeks ago — which is that first link above, which among other things, included Ifrah’s attorneys referring to Elie as a “confirmed liar” and introducing the complete text of Elie’s plea deal hearing as evidence that Elie essentially waived any claims he might have had against Ifrah.

FlushDraw has since obtained a copy of that appendix and will soon publish several of the highlights from that hearing, which make for interesting legal reading.  The topics discussed stretched considerably beyond the sentence eventually conferred upon Elie, and shed quite a bit more light on the embattled Elie/Ifrah relationship.

 

COMMENTS

Leave a Comment

*

LATEST NEWS

filter by

Haley Hintze

16th October 2019 // Misc, News

Women in Poker “Cracking Aces” Documentary Arrives on Video

The poker documentary Cracking Aces: A Woman’s Place at the Table, featuring the struggles faced by female poker...

Haley Hintze

16th October 2019 // Legal News, Misc, News

WSOP Flasher Ken Strauss Found Incompetent to Stand Trial

Ken Strauss, the Pennsylvania poker player and sports better who dropped his pants and was disqualified during early...

Haley Hintze

15th October 2019 // Misc, News, Poker Tournaments

Asian Poker Tour Announces 2020 Schedule

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has announced its schedule of planned tour dates for the 2020 calendar year, offering what...

Haley Hintze

13th October 2019 // Misc, News, Online Poker Action

PokerStars to Introduce Anonymous Tables, Flash Spin & Gos

PokerStars has announced some of the latest bells and whistles to be given a try as the online poker giant continues...

Haley Hintze

13th October 2019 // Misc, News

Four Dead After Shooting at NYC Private Poker Club

Details are still emerging in the shooting deaths of four people, including the alleged shooter, at a private New York...

Haley Hintze

12th October 2019 // Misc, News, Online Poker Action

Partypoker Seizes Another 16 Bot Accounts

Online poker giant partypoker has checked in with the latest update in its nearly year-long publicized battle against...