In a report published yesterday by the New Jersey Law Journal, it is claimed that Phil Ivey, who is widely accepted as the best poker player on the planet, is being sued by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City to the tune of $9.6 million.
This is for money that he won in 2012, across a number of visits to the casino to play Baccarat. The lawsuit filed by the casino alleges that Ivey took advantage of manufacturing flaws in the playing cards to give himself a better chance of winning. It is claimed that he was able to discover tiny differences on the reverse of the cards in a method known as “edge-sorting”.
The lawsuit includes a number of charges such as breach of contract, fraud, civil conspiracy, racketeering and unjust enrichment.
The famous poker pro is at the moment in legal action taken against the Crockfords Casino in the UK, as he sued them for withholding around £7.8 million of his winnings after claiming that he used the “edge-sorting” method to achieve his winnings.
This led to Ivey suing for his winnings. He said in a statement “I am deeply saddened that Crockfords has left me no alternative but to proceed with legal action, following its decision to withhold my winnings. 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 honored 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.”
We will be following the story closely and of course will let you know more on it as it plays out in the future.