Another day, another story of poker woe. This time, well known poker player Maurice Hawkins, is the subject, as he recently felt like not living up to his end of a financial agreement. The Courts have ruled against him! ****I guess becoming “a better person” (See my May 5th post for more on this) includes scamming the people that invest & believe in you. 🤣
His backer, Garcia stated, “He did very well for me, then in May, before the WSOP, he came in third at the WSOP Circuit event after being the chip leader with only a handful of people left. The next day I got a message that he lost our entire bankroll playing blackjack because he was depressed and in a casino alone.” He continued: “Instead of blowing up, I responded with kindness and understanding. (Come to find out he was being sued by another lawyer [Hal Lewis] and used the exact same excuse with him about losing the bankroll playing blackjack). In order for me to see my money again, I knew I had to give him some additional funds for the 2017 WSOP. During the WSOP he did very well final tabling two separate events. I flew out to Vegas to collect my half and that is when the excuses started. He only paid me a fraction of what I was owed so he could continue to play events.
“Every time I asked for my share, he said ‘be patient.’ When it was clear I wasn't going to get paid and I stopped sending him money the deal was over. He said he couldn't pay me and that on the next big score he would get me. Since our deal ended he has cashed for almost $1 million and still tells me to ‘be patient.’ He has had a number of six-figure scores and refuses to even pay me $1. We then set up a monthly payment plan and after the first two months he decided to no longer pay me. It’s been almost two years now.… So, two years later, I had no choice but to sue him and expose him. I want the poker community to be aware of this, so no one makes the same mistake I did.” The court ruled in favor of Garcia to the tune of $103,000. That did not include prejudgment statutory interest in the amount of $12,377.34 plus court costs of $451.00 for a total of $115,828.34.