According to The Associated Press, Phil Ivey and his lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss lawsuit placed against him by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. That lawsuit claims that Ivey cheated the casino out of winnings of $9.6 million two years ago.
They claimed that he used a method known as “edge-sorting” to gain an unfair advantage over the house.
In the motion against the lawsuit however, Ivey claims to have won fair and square and all through “pure skill”. The motion was filed on Wednesday not more than a few days after notching up his tenth World Series of Poker bracelet.
According to the AP, the court papers filed by Ivey’s lawyers had this statement included within them.
“Each and every penny of defendants’ winnings was the result of sheer skill,”
The Borgata believes that Ivey took advantage of flawed playing cards provided by Gemaco Inc., who have also been named in the suit, to spot tiny variations on the backs of the cards to profit from the casino.
This is not the first time that Ivey has been accused of edge sorting, he is still involved in a legal battle in the UK against Crockfords Casino. He sued them back in May 2013 for around $12 million that they have withheld from him after they too accused him of cheating using the method.
There has been plenty of debate as to whether edge-sorting can really be described as cheating.
We will of course update you on what happens with both legal battles as and when we hear more.