Posts Tagged ‘Crockford’

Borgata Files Lawsuit against Phil Ivey for Alleged Baccarat Cheating

by | Published: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City is suing poker legend Phil Ivey for $9.6 million he made at the Baccarat table in their casino as they believe he cheated his way to the win, according to a report made in the New Jersey Law Journal last week.

The lawsuit entered by Borgata alleges that Ivey used “edge sorting” to exploit manufacturing flaws in playing cards during four sessions of Baccarat at the casino during 2012. Edge sorting is a method of spotting tiny variations in the pattern printed on the backs on cards to predict which suit/number the card will be.

Borgata has also named the card manufacturer, Germaco Inc., which designed the cards, and Ivey’s partner, Cheng Yin Sun, in the suit. Yin Sun reportedly accompanied Ivey to the Baccarat table and gave instructions to the dealer.

Among the many charges listed in the lawsuit are breach of contract, racketeering, fraud, conversion, unjust enrichment, and civil conspiracy.

Surprisingly, Ivey is currently involved in another very similar case – but on the other end. The biggest legal battle in the UK casino history unfolded last May, when Ivey sued the Crockfords Casino for withholding £7.8 million (about $12 million) he won playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat, because they claimed he used the “edge sorting” method and didn’t deserve his winnings.

Ivey admitted to using edge sorting at Crockfords, but said the casino only had itself to blame for not recognizing it. It wasn’t a premeditated plan, just something he picked up on during the play and used to his advantage. He released the following statement last May:

“I am deeply saddened that Crockfords has left me no alternative but to proceed with legal action, following its decision to withhold my winnings. I have much respect for Gentings, which has made this a very difficult decision for me… Over the years I have won and lost substantial sums at Crockfords and I have always honored my commitments. At the time, I was given a receipt for my winnings but Crockfords subsequently withheld payment. I, therefore, feel I have no alternative but to take legal action.”

This story is still developing, but based on the Crockfords case, Ivey will not be taking this lying down. Many poker fans don’t believe Ivey has cheated, and deserves his winnings from both casinos.

Comments on PokerNews have noted that: “It would only be considered cheating if you knew about the defects before you sat at table. Purposely manipulating the way cards are entered in shufflers is deceitful and I would consider that cheating as well. The dealer is responsible for not reporting the request to the pit boss and should have had realized this was a huge red flag.”

and

“Borgata affords him the opportunity to cheat and then turns around and sues him. Completely laughable. It should have just resulted in an expensive lesson to the Borgata being: look for possible restitution by suing the faulty playing card manufacturer and not the player.”

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Ivey Owed $11.5 Million

by | Published: Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Superstar poker player Phil Ivey is owed $11.5 million by Crockfords casino in London after going on an amazing winning streaking playing the casino game Punto Banco.

Crockfords, one of London’s most exclusive gambling clubs, is withholding Ivey’s payout while they investigate what they consider is an unprecedented win.

Ivey and a female companion played Punto Banco, a skill-free version of Baccarat, over a two day period of seven hours, losing heavily at first, but winning back their losses plus much more.

The casino initially agreed to transfer the winnings directly to Ivey’s bank account but at this stage have only returned his initial stake.

Crockford has conducted an intense inquiry, interviewing many casino staff that were involved in the game, but have apparently ruled out any form of collusion.

“No imperfections, or marks, that would have given Ivey an advantage were found. In any case, Ivey at no time touched the cards,” said a source.

“The shoe was also thoroughly inspected; once again the investigators drew a blank.”

Lance Bradley, editor of Bluff Magazine, believes it is extremely unlikely that Ivey cheated.

“There’s nothing in his past that would hint at his being a cheater or unethical in any way,” Bradley said.

“People say he’s arguably the best poker player in the world; but, really, there’s no argument: He’s number one. He’s known both for his skill and for his love of high-stakes games. He loves anything where there’s some sexiness at stake.”

Bradley is unsure why the casino is refusing to pay the money out despite finding no evidence of foul play.

“They’re earning themselves a ton of publicity—but it’s not the kind of publicity you want. It’s like a run on a bank: When you withhold payment, people stop trusting you; they stop playing. Maybe it’s because with nearly $12 million involved they just want to make sure every ‘I’ has been dotted and every ‘t’ crossed. Phil’s going to get his money; they’re just making him wait.”

Ivey refused to comment on the situation when questioned at the World Series of Poker Europe.

“Please don’t talk to me. I am concentrating on my tournament,” he said.

Crockfords also refused to comment.

“As a private club we put great store on the confidentiality of the relationship between ourselves and our client and we therefore have no comment to make,” a casino spokesperson said.


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