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Judge: Poker Pro Phil Ivey Cheated At Casino

Ivey Not Granted Option To Appeal Ruling

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The cards did not fall Phil Ivey’s way this week.

A judge presiding over his lawsuit against a London casino for withholding his $12.4 million in winnings he accumulated playing a high-stakes table game in 2012 said that the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner did in fact cheat the casino.

Ivey admitted to edge sorting, which is a tactic that involves noticing manufacturing defects on the sides of playing cards. Ivey and his partner never touched the cards and thus maintained that their strategy was sheer skill and definitely not cheating.

In order to edge sort, Ivey and his companion did ask the dealer to turn the cards a specific way. Still, the firm who made the defective cards acknowledged making a mistake.

Despite this, the judge disagreed with Ivey and his lawyers.

“He gave himself an advantage which the game precludes,” the judge said following a week-long trial, Bloomberg reported. “This is in my view cheating.”

“We attach the greatest importance to our exemplary reputation for fair, honest and professional conduct and today’s ruling vindicates the steps we have taken in this matter,” Genting Crockfords London said in an e-mailed statement after the verdict.

Ivey was not granted permission to appeal the verdict.

Genting’s Crockfords had returned Ivey’s original stake, but refused to pay out the rest. Eventually, and as a result of the Crockfords incident going public, Atlantic City’s Borgata casino sued Ivey for $9.6 million, saying that the poker pro also edge sorted against them in 2012. In the Borgata case, the casino is trying to recoup the money it paid Ivey.

Assuming the Crockfords case sets a precedent, Ivey may be in trouble in New Jersey.

Ivey has won more than $30 million playing poker in his career, in tournaments and grinding online poker. He’s up untold amounts in un-tracked private games.

On Tuesday evening, Ivey’s interview with 60 Minutes Sports aired on Showtime. In it, Ivey tried to explain why he wasn’t cheating at Crockfords or at Borgata.

 
 
Tags: Phil Ivey,   Crockfords,   Gambling
 
 

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Rayznfool
over 3 years ago

So if a casino lets someone play who is obviously intoxicated does that not give the casino and unfair advantage and they should have to give the money back

 
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Michael29
over 3 years ago

cases in another country cannot set precedent in usa

 
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Jeremy15
over 3 years ago

What a joke. Just goes to show that enough money can buy whatever rules you want to make. They indulged his every request so the next time they ask me if I want a drink and I say yes, maybe I should sue them for exploiting a natural flaw in my game.

 
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ginjuice
over 3 years ago

Ray a New Jersey court said yes:

"A casino has a duty to refrain from knowingly permitting an invitee to gamble where that patron is obviously and visibly intoxicated and/or under the influence of a narcotic substance," the court ruled in the GNOC Corp. vs. Aboud case, denying the casino's attempt to throw out the case.

The court added: "While under the influence of drugs or alcohol, one suffers a deficit, to varying degrees, of cognitive faculties such as the power to reason sensibly, to appreciate the danger of activities engaged in, and/or to exercise sound judgment."

 
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Mark50
over 3 years ago

This is all bs, if gains advantage is cheating then casino is cheating everyone cause house has advantage on every game. So if other players lose on the bacarrat game when casino used same type of cards. Does players gets refund since game shouldn't be legitimate according to this judge and why he denies appeal. Obviously he is been bought by casino

 
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John99
over 3 years ago

This judge obviously gambles at that casino!

 
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scotty4295
over 3 years ago

You mean the Judge is comped at that casino!

 
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zzyxx15
over 3 years ago

So how often do you think he edge sorts in poker games?

Now I know why he has that crazy stare, all this time I thought he was trying to get a read off me but he was actually reading my cards.

 
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scotty4295
over 3 years ago

How can anyone believe this was cheating? He never touched the cards, therefore he didn't mark the cards. Is it the players responsibility to notify the Casino that thier cards have defects or irregularities? He was honest enough to admit he was"edge sorting".

 
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TandG21
over 3 years ago

he had the edge good for him, to bad they won"t pay the man hiss money

 
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Aaron12
over 3 years ago

I hate to say this but I must. IMO, it is just another way of shedding a negative light on a high profile African American male. Phil Ivey is a superstar in his profession. He can't possibly be the only person who has ever done this. As most of you have already stated "edge sorting is not cheating". I am glad to see that most of you all stand behind Phil in your opinions involving this matter. Most may not view my opinion as something realistic but it's done everyday in one way or the other in the media. Its all BULLSHIT!

 
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angryjohn
over 3 years ago

What an assinine comment. It was in England. They don't care about African Americans, because they don't have Americans. It may be a ruling against ANY American in a foreign court.

 
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Nigel2
over 3 years ago

Edge sorting sounds as much as cheating as counting cards is! (Dustin Hoffman/Tom Cruise The Rain Man refers)
The only rule he broke was the one that says the casino must always win!
How on earth can this be cheating if he just used his powers of observation available to all the other players!!
This is a gross miscarrriage of justice that must be challenged.
One must ask if the judge is on the casinos' payroll???!!!!

 
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thereyougoagain
over 3 years ago

YES it was CHEATING!! all you people need to get your lips surgically removed from iveys ass! here is where it became cheating for all of you ignoramus ivey groupies who think he could never do wrong: the SECOND he asked the casino to have the cards be dealt a specific way or angle, in order to exploit the flaw in the cards, hes CHEATING!!! if he never asked that the cards be dealt a certain way at a certain angle, then yes, hed just be taking advantage of info the casino was giving him (much like card counting in blackjack).....but knowing this flaw AND asking the casino to break protocol in the procedure of the game IS CHEATING.. cmon guys, open your eyes.

 
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Shane13
over 3 years ago

What Ivey did is ABSOLUTELY cheating. Read the complete story and edge sorting is no different than marking cards in a poker game. He found a mistake in the casino's cards and took advantage. But is that really any different than finding a cashier who left chips within easy reach in the cage and then reaching through the window and grabbing them? "Hey, the casino should have taken better precautions!"

 
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Joe47
over 3 years ago

It is cheating .if you were playing poker and only Ivey could read the back of the cards ..same thing he is a crook and he is cheating..like he did on full tilt

 
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mjdj45
over 3 years ago

So if a casino breaks protocol they don't share in some of the responsibility of what happens? This is why protocols are put into place...if it is cheating it is because the casino allowed it to happen...would they allow a player to mark cards during a hand of black jack and let someone play? I say they get what they deserve for not following their own rules.

 
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Sundiszno66
over 3 years ago

To those who think this was cheating: If a dealer flashes cards while dealing, do we all have an obligation to immediately notify him? I would point it out as a matter of courtesy to the other players in a game of poker, but would it be cheating in a game of black jack, for example, if we stayed silent? Why do we have an obligation to police the casino? Even if Ivey asked the dealer to deal in certain way, the dealer and the casino had no obligation whatsoever to comply with that request. Also, shouldn't that have tipped them off? I think the casino is at least culpable in this case for allowing faulty cards to be used and continuing to deal in a way that was not proper. The casino is getting a windfall.

 
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Jim28
over 3 years ago

So Phil Ivey is responsible for the casino's inability to use intact playing cards?? Bullshit. Ivey did nothing but the cards. He merely played the game with the cards CASINO provided. Thats why insurance exsists. Ivey should be paid.

 
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Joe47
over 3 years ago

This out right cheating..if you are playing poker and only Phil Ivey knows hoe to read the back because he has been tipped off..this is still cheating..like full tilt he pretended he didn't know..he is a crook and a cheater..He and Howard leaderer were in bed together and he cried he didn't know anything..bull shit..you people are blind

 
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L2K4FC
over 3 years ago

Debate cheating or not all you want it is semantics. The question is integrity. Who has it. Who doesn't. If Phil has it, I have not seen any example of it in this article. You don't judge one's integrity based upon how low the other guy goes, fyi.

 
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Naman
over 3 years ago

hey where can i get the full vid of the interview

 
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Michael106
almost 3 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khCM9WmI0uQ

 
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TandG21
over 3 years ago

Go to on demand 60 minutes sports and there it is

 
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