Dubai Investor levels £10m Poker Cheating Lawsuit at Les Ambassadeurs

A Dubai-based investor named Iraj Parvizi has leveled a £10 million lawsuit against Les Ambassadeurs casino in London. Parvizi’s lawsuit seeks damages for losses incurred during high-stakes poker sessions that took place from 2010 to 2013. He also claims that poker pros Roland de Wolfe and Josh Gould worked together to encourage more betting action from Parvizi, while dividing the winnings afterward.

The Telegraph reports that Parvizi is relying on expert witness testimony from Richard Marcus – a famous casino cheater – to help his case. Court filings show that Marcus has already provided support on one poker session where Parvizi lost £185,000. Marcus said the session was “utterly corrupted by collusion on the part of [poker players] Josh Gould and Roland de Wolfe.”

After studying CCTV footage of every hand, the reformed casino cheater added, “I will not even concede to a small probability that this poker game…was fair and above board.”

What officially sparked this legal battle was when Les Ambassadeurs sued Parvizi for refusing to pay a £185,000 debt. However, the investor countered by launching the £10 million suit that alleges Les Ambassadeurs failed to stop “collusion and cheating” during his sessions with Gould and de Wolfe. Parvizi also claims that the casino’s masseuses were in on the plot, and PokerStrategy explained this with the following:

Bizarrely, on top of his allegations against his opponents, Parvizi is also adamant that the venue’s masseuses were conspiring against him that night, claiming they had been given “opportunities for inconspicuous inspection and signalling of players’ cards to others.”

Les Ambassadeurs labelled the claims against it “embarrassing”, and added that it was standard practice at the table for stronger players to encourage weaker players to bet more.

Another angle to this story is that Parvizi doesn’t have a reputation for being the greatest poker player. An anonymous high stakes player told the Daily Mail that it would have been pointless to cheat the investor. “No one would need to cheat to beat Iraj,” the source said. “We’re professionals and he’s so terrible, so it’s like Brazil against San Marino in football.”

If reputation is to play a part in this case, Parvizi may be short in this department. He’s being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority over possible securities fraud. He’s since pleaded not guilty and awaits his day in court over this matter.