Phil Ivey has been involved in a high-stakes baccarat case in the United Kingdom since 2012, after being accused of cheating at the game. Ivey was playing baccarat at the Crockfords Casino London when he won 7.8 million British pounds. Ivy and his gaming partner were using manufacturing defects found on the cards to be able to spot certain cards during game play. This gave Ivey and his partner an edge over the venue. Crockfords felt that Ivey cheated and was not paid for the win. So far the casino has yet to pay up. The case will now be heard by the Supreme Court in the UK, with Ivey hoping for a decision in his favor.
In October 2014, the case went to court and Ivey lost, then the poker pro appealed his case yet again November 2016, losing one more time. According to Ivey, the ruling by the Court of Appeals in November made no sense. The original trial saw a ruling where he was found to not be dishonest and none of the Appeal Court judges disagreed with this ruling. Yet he lost the ruling 2 to 1.
Ivey stated further that he is pleased to have his case heard by the Supreme Court to fight for what he genuinely believes is the right thing to do in his case as well as the gaming industry. Ivey feels that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor.
Matt Dowd is the attorney representing Ivey who stated that the legal team as well as Ivey are delighted that the Supreme Court judges will review the decision by the Court of Appeal. According to Dowd, the ruling by the Court of Appeal’s left the interpretation of Section 42 of the Gambling Act unclear.
This is not the first time that Ivey has fought a case involving the game of baccarat and edge sorting. A case took place in Atlantic City with the Borgata when he was ordered to pay back $10 million for using similar methods during game play.