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Poker Pro Phil Ivey's High-Stakes 'Edge Sorting' Trial In London Begins

Gambling Legend Wants $12.1 Million From Casino


Ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey’s lawsuit against a famous London casino for not paying him more than $12 million in gambling winnings began last week.

Ivey was playing a high-stakes form of baccarat in August 2012 when he won the money. The casino ended up refusing to give him the money because it claimed he cheated. Ivey denied the allegations. Around a year ago, Ivey admitted that he edge sorted, but he said it wasn’t cheating and thus was a lawful strategy.

Ivey reportedly was betting up to £150,000 a hand at the joint.

“I am deeply saddened that Crockfords has left me no alternative but to proceed with legal action, following its decision to withhold my winnings,” Ivey said in a statement when the lawsuit was made public. “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 honoured 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.”

Tomorrow, Ivey’s interview with 60 Minutes Sports airs at 10 p.m. on Showtime. In it, Ivey supposedly will explain to America why he wasn’t cheating at Crockfords or at Borgata.

The decision to grant the interview can be seen as a move to gain sympathy from the public.

In the Borgata case, the Atlantic City casino sued Ivey—a New Jersey native—in April of this year for edge sorting and winning $9.6 million, also in a 2012 gambling session. The Borgata paid Ivey and wants the money back. Apparently, the Borgata decided to pursue action after learning about the Crockfords incident involving edge sorting.

The Crockfords case could be done this week, while the Borgata case will be resolved next year. Both revolve around determining whether edge sorting violates casino law.

In both incidents, Ivey was playing with a partner who allegedly helped him notice the manufacutring defects in the cards. Cheng Yin Sun has also been accused of edge sorting at Foxwoods in the state of Connecticut. She is suing that casino for not paying out her winnings.

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