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Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated

Borgata: Ivey Noticed Defects In Cards While Playing Baccarat

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Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $9.6 million.

The report comes from New Jersey Law Journal.

Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer.

The technique Ivey is accused of using to gain an advantage over The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, called “edge sorting,” is the same one he was accused of using against Crockfords Casino in the United Kingdom. Ivey eventually admitted to noticing a manufacturing defect in the cards at Crockfords, but said it wasn’t cheating. He sued the casino, which withheld his winnings of around $12.1 million. That case is still pending.

Both the Borgata and Crockford sessions in question happened in 2012.

Stay tuned for more updates as this story develops.

 
 
 
 

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jspencer612
over 3 years ago

Its the casinos job and responsibility to protect the game, not the players. How about get some cards that do not have defects? Hmmm ... doesn't seem very difficult to do. Its ok for those casinos to pump people full of drinks and that is an advantage, but when a player finds an advantage, they sue them.

 
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pl2000
over 3 years ago

Why he explained his strategy in the first place was very foolish. Should of never explained it. That said, casinos have a lot of money and own judges. I think he's in trouble. To say its "cheating" is very harsh though it means they are saying he is dishonest. Its almost like saying counting cards is cheating. To ask the dealer to place cards a certain way though is a different level of "advantage" play. This is a tough one to really define. Would it be cheating to ask a teacher to put questions in a certain sequence so you place A,B C, D or E correctly? Is it cheating if you were to ask a blackjack dealer to position 10's and A's in a way so you could tell they were next? Ivey should stick to poker. My guess is he will just be banned from playing any games in casino's accept for poker.

 
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SKS777
over 3 years ago

WoW !!! Phil Ivey must be really going bankrupt to have to resort to "rigging" the odds against the poor victim Casino. How dare he "cheat" the poor Casino ?? ( They give us free drinks !! ) WAIT !!! - the Casinos have rigged all the games to have the odds against all the customers... There is not then a true element of "chance". Maybe that is why they make MILLIONS & BILLIONS of $$$ every year from the public. I must pause here to shed a tear in sympathy for the Casino because of this heinous crime !!! :( PLEASE Borgata, I like you and I don't care if I win or lose, I am just there for the free drinks... I give the Borgata 60-40 odds of winning this lawsuit.

 
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pokertruth
over 3 years ago

An issue in this Borgata matter and in London: to what extent is the Asian woman cooperating with the two casinos? She might be a loose canon. That may be the reason that Ivey admitted to noticing the defects in the cards.Otherwise there would be no logical reason for Ivey to admit that he noticed defects in the cards and that he used such information to his advantage. How would the casinos have known about such defects and that Ivey used such knowledge in his strategy? I am sure that his NJ defense lawyers know the rules of evidence. Unfortunately Ivey already made what may be a fatal admission against his own interest. But the rules of court also allow his defense lawyers to plead that the casino was itself negligent and assumed part of the risk by utilizing cheaper low quality cards. Does anyone remember the cheap low quality poker chips?

 
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maestro787
over 3 years ago

a red flag should've gone up the minute he goes in to play baccarat with the same woman who he got busted with in the UK.. at least donk some money back so it's not so obvious instead of just seeing the flaws then ask to raise the bet limits. don't know why he ever confessed the first around..

 
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TandG21
over 3 years ago

Maybe he also uses Edge Sorting when playing poker.
very interesting

 
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jerseys_finest
over 3 years ago

This guy should be strung up like the rest of the criminals from Full Tilt..it just goes to show his character.. Perfect example of someone with talent just going to waste. Always looking for an angle to cheat instead of playing it right. He is the "worm" of the real world! Looooser!

 
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pokertruth
over 3 years ago

A copy of the 58 page lawsuit filed in federal court New Jersey can be requested at rmo1943@me.com.

 
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eaglestorm76
over 3 years ago

bmpek is as cynical as they come and at times just downright mean! that being said, his statement does have some merit. he might be willing to do whatever it takes to get money at whatever the cost.
however, im still a fan. guilty until proven innocent.

as far as the advantage? im as honest as they come but if im playing the game in the casinos house and i see some defect on the card im going to exploit that advantage. we all play poker and see the dealers checking the cards when they receive new decks. this goes for all games. THE CASINO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING THE CARDS! its not the manufacturers fault. there are defects all the time, thats why the casinos check them!!!

and finally if ivey had done something to mark the cards personally then he is 100 percent guilty. but seeing something and exploiting it.....GOOD FOR HIM!

 
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IAmYourBigFish
over 3 years ago

It is a little different if you make the dealer align the card in a certain way so you can see the defect. That can be the critical part of defining what he did as cheating and a scam.

In this case the dealer did it either out of bribery (tips) or fear (of a high roller complaining), or is even an accomplice in the case.
There had been dealers arrested in the past for corroborating with players in shuffling baccarat.

It is a real shame that he, as a respected poker player, tainted the image of the poker profession as someone who would do anything to win.

 
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David90
over 3 years ago

This will definitely hurt the Ivey poker brand but I agree with the poster above regarding it being the responsibility of the casino to check the cards. Also, I don't think his full tilt involvement should be questioned just because of this issue. There are a lot of Ponzi schemes advertising as legit poker sites (lock poker) that will just steal your money and give no explanation . I as a player don't view Ivey differently because of this scandal but with all the thievery going on in today's unregulated market I despise all crooks in our industry and most of all I hate Ponzi schemes that milk players out of millions. Be smart and don't tomorrow's victim.

 
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