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WSOP Champ Roland de Wolfe accused in £10m Collusion Lawsuit

Roland de Wolfe, who famously completed poker's Triple Crown by winning a 2009 WSOP event, has been named in a £10 million lawsuit leveled by Iraj Parvizi. The Dubai-based investor is suing Les Ambassadeurs casino while claiming that they failed to prevent collusion by de Wolfe and another poker pro named Josh Gould.

As court filings explain, Gould and de Wolfe goaded Parvizi into betting more money at the poker tables. Their alleged goal was to create more action so that they could split the profits afterward. And Parvizi not only claims that Les Ambassadeurs turned a blind eye to this, but their masseuses were also in on the scam. Moreover, the masseuses were supposedly giving other players signals about the cards.

In an effort to back up his accusations, Parvizi has recruited Richard Marcus, a reformed casino game cheater. Marcus watched footage of the games and came to the conclusion that the action was "utterly corrupted by collusion on the part of Josh Gould and Roland de Wolfe." He added that there was no chance that these poker games were played fairly.

It should be mentioned, though, that Parvizi doesn't come into this with a squeaky clean reputation. The whole matter started when Les Ambassadeurs sued him for an unpaid £185,000 debt. This is when the investor decided to counter with a massive lawsuit against the London casino.

Aside from refusing to pay back his debt and accusing everybody from masseuses to poker pros from cheating him, Parvizi is being investigated for possible securities fraud. His name has come up in a high-profile, insider-trader scam that the courts are trying to sort out. So far, Parvizi has had no comment on this matter.

As for de Wolfe, he is one of only five players to win poker's Triple Crown - a combination of an EPT, WPT and WSOP title. His lone WSOP victory came while playing a $5k Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2009 WSOP.