In 2012, poker pro Phil Ivey earned $9.6 million at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa after playing the game of baccarat. The casino was not happy with the loss and accused the pro of cheating by using a technique called edge sorting. Ivey has now responded with a dismissal which claims that he won the huge amount of cash based on skill.
Ivey’s lawyers filed the motion earlier this week, which was just after he won his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet, based on a recent Associated Press report. Ivey is claiming that he has used his ‘skill’ to earn the big win from the Borgata. According to the suit by Borgata, Ivey is accused of exploiting manufacturing flaws of the playing cards while he played baccarat in 2012. The Borgata feels that the pro could spot variations, even tiny differences, in the pattern that was printed on the back of the playing cards.
Not only is Ivey being sued by the casino but the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc, has been named in the suit. Cheng Yin Sun, a partner of Ivey, has also been named in the suit as he was at the table and reportedly giving instructions to the dealer at the table. The Associated Press article states that Ivey and Sun were not taking any action that could be thought of as cheating.
The attorneys for Ivey are also claiming that a statute of limitations to recover the money lost in a game considered ‘illegal’ has expired as the statute only has a limit of six months. The lawyers are also claiming that any ‘supposed’ violations of state casino regulations cannot be pursued by an individual casino.
Ivey claims that he was able to notice things during game play and anyone who was at the table would have been able to observe. He then bet accordingly.
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