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Borgata Wants Poker Pro Phil Ivey's Counter-Suit Dismissed

Casino Defends Destroying The Cards Used In The 2012 Sessions


The legal battle between Phil Ivey and the Borgata casino in Atlantic City took another turn last week as the casino filed court documents to try to get the poker pro’s counter-suit dismissed.

The casino sued Ivey last year, and Ivey’s legal team decided to counter-sue in July. The case is over the $9.6 million Ivey and playing partner Cheung Yin Sun won playing high-stakes baccarat in 2012. Ivey and Sun admitted to a technique called “edge-sorting” and say it’s legal.

The casino, of course, argues otherwise.

Central to Ivey’s counter-suit is that the casino destroyed the cards used in their sessions. In last week’s court filings, the casino defends the action and argued that the cards aren’t material to the case.

“The playing cards used by [Ivey and Sun] during their trips to Borgata in April and May 2012 were destroyed in the regular course of business,” a court document filed Oct. 7 reads. “New Jersey regulations require cards be destroyed or ‘canceled’ within 72 hours of the time they are collected from the casino floor.”

Edge-sorting allows gamblers to exploit a defect on the back of casino playing cards to obtain “first card knowledge” or “first card advantage.” Mathematically, players with first card knowledge have an overall advantage of approximately 6.765 percent over the house. The advantage is up to 21.5 percent for “player” bets and up to 5.5 percent for “banker” bets, according to court documents.

A court document alleges that Sun developed the edge-sorting technique at home, that she practiced it for two or three years before being able to do it at a casino, that she is “the only known person” who can edge-sort in baccarat and that other gamblers have offered to pay her to teach them how to edge sort at baccarat, but she would not do it.

Ivey and Sun allegedly had an agreement to share in the winnings.

Another component to Ivey’s counter-suit is that the casino took advantage of him. Ivey has been unsuccessful in getting the Borgata’s lawsuit against him dismissed.

The next court hearing is set for early November.



almost 7 years ago

Casinos have been losing money for years and they will do whatever they can to make sure they have the edge over everyone. Using lawyers and lobbyists to do it to get what they want passed... So disgusting!!!