WSOP jackpot tied up in court

Aug 29, 2006 9:39 AM

Although it’s been more than two weeks since Jamie Gold won the World Series of Poker, he’s yet to collect the $12 million purse.

The problem is a lawsuit filed by an alleged "friend," who claims that Gold promised to share the winnings with him.

Bruce Crispin Leyser claims in a suit filed last week that Gold promised to pay him half of whatever he won as part of an informal arrangement in which Leyser rounded up celebrities who would wear logo clothing. sponsored Gold’s $10,000 seat into the World Series’ championship event.

To support his allegations, Leyser said in his lawsuit that Gold reassured him on a voice mail message that "there’s no possible way you’re not going to get half ”¦ after taxes."

Gold also said on the recording, according to the complaint, that he would set up a Nevada corporation that would pay Leyser his share. "I just can’t pay out personally because I could get nailed," Gold was quoted as saying.

Apparently that wasn’t good enough for Leyser, who said Gold did not direct the Rio to pay him $6 million, and has accused Gold of breaking their agreement and defrauding him.

Leyser first met Gold in July.

A judge has signed a temporary restraining order preventing Gold from collecting his winnings, at least until Sept. 1, when a hearing on the case has been scheduled.