New York - "I heard they kicked him out of Gamblers Anonymous for that $25million Donziger punt," former investor Arurag Dikshit (No kidding!) said today just as his onetime Californian business partner, the billionaire online gambling tycoon Russ DeLeon, was being named as the most exposed litigation backer in a NYC racketeering lawsuit.
Gibraltar-based DeLeon laid out a staggering $25million to bankroll NY shyster lawyer Steven Donziger's $19billion shakedown of US super major Chevron in an Ecuadorian fantasy factory lawsuit.
The promise of tenfold returns had DeLeon salivating into his gaming chips according to pals who reckon his legendary Gambler's Sixth Sense must have staged an extraordinary comeback to inspire the Donziger punt.
"Yeah, but at odds of 10/1 you know you're backing a very dubious animal," Dikshit commented, "which statistically hasn't a hope in hell of winning unless doped up to the eyeballs on amphetamine sulphate - and even then it'll never pass the stewards' piss test."
Now that gambler's intuition is about to be tested to the limit as Judge Lewis Kaplan's long-awaited judgement in the Chevron RICO - racketeering - lawsuit against Steven Donziger is about to be made public.
And the odds are looking decidedly bad for Donziger and his hideous ragbag of Ecuador pollution scam backers who now stand to lose at least $70 million in the NYC civil litigation proceedings - ahead of a potential new court case, this time on criminal racketeering charges.
"It would sure make some folk happy if the Judge froze Donziger's Gibraltar bank account," Dikshit added, "the one where he's hoping to stash his $600million Ecuador paycheck!"
Judge Nicolas Zambrqno is 69.