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Phil Ivey's High-Stakes Baccarat Edge-Sorting Partner To Get Her Own Movie

Producers Of 'Crazy Rich Asians' To Bring 'The Baccarat Queen' To The Big Screen

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Phil Ivey and Cheung Yin 'Kelly' SunPhil Ivey’s legal battles over his baccarat case continue, but his edge-sorting partner, Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, may be moving on with a movie based on her high-stakes gambling adventures.

The Baccarat Queen, based on a 2017 profile by poker author Michael Kaplan that appeared in Cigar Aficionado, will tell Sun’s life story. Sun grew up in poverty in China before her edge-sorting technique brought her tens of millions of dollars playing in casinos all over the world.

Sun, along with Ivey, would convince dealers to turn specific cards to change their “luck.” But due to a misprint on the back of the deck, certain cards were known before they were even turned over, allowing the pair to rake in huge sums before the casinos caught their mistake.

While Ivey never received the $10.1 million he won at Crockfords Casino in 2012, he did collect $9.6 million at the Borgata. The New Jersey casino, however, recently won approval in Nevada to go after Ivey’s assets and recover their losses.

It is unknown if Ivey will make an appearance in The Baccarat Queen or who would play him in the movie.

The film is being produced by Ivanhoe Pictures, a division of SK Global that brought last year’s hit Crazy Rich Asians to the big screen, and independent producer Jeffrey Sharp.

The Baccarat Queen is a truly captivating story that will feature a diverse international cast, a goal that Ivanhoe continues to pursue as global storytellers,” said Ivanhoe Pictures President John Penotti. “We are thrilled to partner with Sharp as we tell this exciting, high-stakes tale of cunning and revenge.”

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing this powerful, female-driven story to the screen with John and the Ivanhoe team,” Sharp added. “They are the perfect home for this project.”