Phil Ivey has lost a Supreme Court challenge over his £7.7million winnings from a casino
Top poker player Phil Ivey has lost a Supreme Court challenge over his £7.7million winnings from a casino.
The 40-year-old American has been fighting to recover the money since successfully playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in in 2012.
Owner Genting Casinos UK said a technique he used called edge-sorting was not a legitimate strategy.Mr Ivey, who has been dubbed ‘The of Poker’, maintained that he won fairly.
Today, five justices unanimously upheld the majority decision of the Court of Appeal, which dismissed his case on the basis that dishonesty was not a necessary element of ‘cheating’.
Edge-sorting involves identifying small differences in the pattern on the reverse of playing cards and exploiting that to increase the chances of winning.
Mr Ivey did not personally touch any cards, but persuaded the croupier to rotate the most valuable cards by intimating that he was superstitious.
Mr Ivey has been fighting to recover the money since successfully playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco at Crockfords Club (pictured) in London’s Mayfair in 2012
The court ruled there was no doubt the actions of Mr Ivey (left) and another gambler, Cheung Yin Sun (right), interfered with the process by which Crockfords played the game with Mr Ivey
Paul Willcock (pictured today), president and chief operating officer of Genting UK, said he was ‘delighted’ with the Supreme Court’s decision
In the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice Arden said the Gambling Act 2005 provided that someone may cheat ‘without dishonesty or intention to deceive: depending on the circumstances it may be enough that he simply interferes with the process of the game’.
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