Never say never
It seems that poker player Garrett Adelstein will not be appearing on Hustler Casino Live any time soon, or maybe ever. Adelstein, who six months ago famously lost $269,000 to Robbi Jade Lew on the program and then accused her of cheating because she made an absurd call, has not been on the show since. Last Monday, Hustler Casino Live co-owner Nick Vertucci confirmed Adelstein’s “permanent” suspension from the performance.
Nevertheless, indefinite does not mean “permanent,” and Vertucci has said that Adelstein’s future return is feasible, but not at this time. Vertucci told PokerNews that he and co-owner Ryan Feldman made a “business choice” to remove Adelstein off the lineup.
Vertucci added, “We have no animosity against Adelstein.” “We want the best for him. It is impersonal.”
Vertucci did not specify why this commercial choice was taken, although one may speculate. Vertucci and Feldman may not want anybody on their program who believes the game is not on the up-and-up since Adelstein is still sure that Lew cheated, despite the fact that an inquiry uncovered nothing. Also, they may believe that his return would be unattractive.
Lew has also not been invited back, and Feldman stated, “At this time, we have no plans to invite her to any further games.”
Garrett Adelstein, for his part, tweeted on Monday that since the incident he has avoided appearing in any live-streamed games and has been “awfully blissful.”
Feldman rejected Vertucci’s suggestion that Adelstein and Lew return to Hustler Casino Live at the same time, despite the fact that it would generate an enormous amount of views. So, the reunion episode will be available on a different stream.
The notorious hand
All of this dates back to September 2022. Adelstein and Lew contested a pot on Hustler Casino Live in what was possibly the most significant poker action of the year. Adelstein bet pre-flop with 8 7 and Lew called with merely J-4 when the blinds were $100/$200. Adelstein had a straight flush draw after the flip of 10-10 9, so he risked $2,500 and Lew called. Adelstein placed a $10,000 wager on the turn, which was the 3. Lew min-raised to $20,000 with air, and then Adelstein re-raised all of his remaining chips to $100,000. Lew phoned.
Everyone was astounded by what the two presented. Both players had nothing, but Adelstein had an abundance of outs while Lew only had Jack-high. Adelstein’s hand was one of the few respectable hands she might have been playing against, but she had no way of knowing that. Lew won the pot when Adelstein’s two attempts to strike the river were unsuccessful.
From that point on, half of the poker community, including Adelstein, assumed Lew must have cheated, particularly when she subsequently returned Adelstein’s money. Others, like myself and my colleague Earl Burton, went for the simplest explanation: Lew made a bad decision and got away with it. In reality, she probably misjudged her hand and, ashamed to confess it, posed as if she had made an incredible move.