Poker champion settles winnings dispute

World Series of Poker winner, Jamie Gold, has agreed to settle a dispute with Los Angeles-based TV producer Bruce Crispin Leyser over the distribution of Gold’s $12 million prize winnings from the tournament.

Leyser claims that Gold promised to share half of the jackpot with him should he win the tournament, under the agreement that Leyser would find celebrities to advertise on their clothes as they played. Leyser kept a voicemail that Gold had left him on his phone, promising him half Gold’s winnings should he win. The dispute has rumbled on for the six months since Gold won the tournament.

Gold and Leyser released a joint-signed statement declaring that they both believed the matter should be settled without the need for lawsuit proceedings.

"Jamie always intended on sharing his winnings with Crispin," the statement says.

"Jamie and Crispin are happy to report they have fully settled this matter. They are pleased to be closing this chapter and look forward to continued success."

Gold, who had withdrawn half of his winnings, had the remaining $6 million frozen in his account by a September court hearing after Leyser had filed a lawsuit against Gold.

However, in agreement with the terms of the settlement, neither man is allowed to discuss the amount of money that will be paid to Leyser.

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