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Phil Ivey's Alleged Accomplice In Borgata 'Cheating' Case Also 'Edge-Sorted' At Foxwoods

Cheng Yin Sun Sues Foxwoods After Casino Withheld Mini-Baccarat Winnings


Cheng Yin Sun, who was accused of helping poker pro Phil Ivey “edge-sort” at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino in 2012, is now involved with another legal case, this time against Foxwoods Casino Resort in Connecticut.

Sun, along with two other gamblers, Long Mei Fan and Zong Yang Li, are suing Foxwoods for millions. They say that the casino owes them money that they won playing mini-baccarat.

The Day reported that Foxwoods has refused to pay because it believes the three cheated, according to the suit filed July 31 in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

They say they are owed more than $3 million, which includes their $1.1 million in winnings, along with $1.6 million in gambling front money and other damages.

The three gamblers admitted to edge-sorting, which is a technique that will give gamblers roughly a 6.765-percent edge over the house in mini-baccarat. It’s a complicated technique that involves trying to spot asymmetries in the ill-manufactured cards.

Basically, the gamblers argue that it isn’t cheating and they are owed the money.

“Edge-sorting is possible because some brands of playing cards are not cut symmetrically across their backs and some players are gifted with eyesight keen enough to tell the difference,” the multi-million dollar suit against Foxwoods claimed.

It’s the same technique that Ivey and Ms. Sun once used at the Borgata to take that joint for $9.6 million. Unlike Sun’s lawsuit against Foxwoods, Borgata is seeking to recover the millions it paid out to Ivey and Sun. Last month, Ivey’s legal team said that “each and every penny of [Ivey’s] winnings was the result of sheer skill.”

Edge-sorting doesn’t involve the gamblers touching the cards in any way, but the lawsuits hinge on figuring out how casino laws and regulations apply to the technique.

According to a court document in the Borgata case, Sun is a professional gambler who has been banned from several casinos around the world. She resides in Las Vegas.

Sun was also accused of assisting Ivey in an edge-sorting scandal at Crockfords casino in London in or around August 2012. That incident resulted in the casino refusing to pay Ivey and Sun $12.1 million in ill-gotten winnings. Ivey admitted to edge-sorting and has sued the casino for the money.

In the Foxwoods case’s court documents, Ms. Sun’s name was spelled “Cheung Yin Sun,” as opposed to “Cheng Yin Sun” in the Borgata case’s court documents. Card Player was told by an attorney for the Borgata that this is indeed the same person.