In the latest installment of our poker crime column we bring you news that the ongoing whodunnit which hasn’t been gripping the poker world for the past month may have finally been solved, and the culprit has been outed as Andrew Feldman.
Just under one month ago, nosebleed cash game player Sam Tricket tweeted that a well known poker pro had stolen a large amount of cash him and if the money is not returned soon he will “expose him for what he is”.
The tweet said:
I had money stolen from me by a well known poker pro,that i thought was my friend! If he dont call me soon,I going to expose him 4 what he is.
The message prompted dozens of replies with many well known players implicating Feldman. In response to sustained speculation over the following days and weeks, Feldman, in two messages on his Twitter account, said:
Fed up of constantly being linked to the #samtrickettscandal. Its been almost a month since he said he would out the thief.
I wonder if he is just going this for attention n another case of the boy who cried wolf @Samtrickett1 the poker world deserves an answer!!!
And answer Trickett did with the following statement, again over Twitter:
not going 2 go in 2 detail but please nobody trust @Andrewfeldman1, the guy is a very deluded untrustworthy person.ifound out the hard way
Chris Sly, a very good friend of Trickett’s, then waded into the argument divulging the reason behind the spat, which is, apparently, that Feldman had lent €25k off Trickett in Vienna and now doesn’t believe he has to pay money back since he is retiring from poker.
@Andrewfeldman1 @Samtrickett1 Are u being serious, I personally witnessed Sam lending you a very large amount of Euros.Now ur getting out of poker so ur not paying him….disgrace.
Sly then went on to say:
@Andrewfeldman1 @Samtrickett, Are you denying that Sam lent you €25k in Vienna &now refusing to pay him back……..disgusting.
As with most cash dealings between poker players, there is certainly more to this than meets the eye, however, Andrew Feldman has lots of form for arguments involving financial arrangements, both in and out of poker, and has even been known to file frivolous lawsuits, so there may some validity to these claims.
In June 2010 he lost a court case against Rabbi Simon Nissim, who lost £136,000 of Feldman’s money spread betting on the stock market. Feldman contended that Nissim placed many more bets than the agreement allowed, but the court ruled: “The undisputed facts provide more than sufficient grounds upon which to conclude that Mr Feldman agreed to indemnify Mr Nissim and acknowledged that the amounts claimed by Mr Nissim fell within the scope of the agreed indemnity.”
Then in November 2011 the poker forums were awash with reports that Feldman had won a case against Paul Zimbler, apparently related the Rabbi Nissim saga, in which Zimbler was reportedly ordered to pay Feldman £100,000.
Watch this space…