Poker Star Cheating? UK Casino Accuses US Poker Star of Cheating : An American Poker Star Phil Ivey who is one of the best professional poker players in the world, accumulating millions of dollars in profits for cheating at baccarat.
Court documents filed in the High Court of Great Britain by the Malaysia-based Genting Group say that Phil Ivey and an accomplice successfully used a scam to amass profits of around £ 7.8 million ($ 11.9 million) last summer.
The case has rocked the world of professional poker face one of its most charismatic young stars against a major resort and casino operator. The game in question took place on August 20 to 21 at Crockfords, one of the oldest and most respected casinos in London.
The longstanding dispute became public last first when Ivey filed a lawsuit against the Genting Group in the High Court in London. His lawyers said the casino Ivey refused to pay the money he had won playing baccarat at Crockfords, part of the Genting Group.
The casino said in court on Tuesday accused of cheating Ivey, said earnings were invalid because they were “based on illegal acts.”
On Wednesday, Ivey issued a statement through his lawyers deny any wrongdoing.
“The fact that I have issued a judgment against him alleging says it all about how comfortable I am with my conduct and the validity of my victory,” he said. “All allegations of misconduct by Crockfords denied by me in the strongest of terms.”
Ivey, an American 37-year-old has been a phenomenal success, winning numerous World Series of Poker bracelets Championship. It has attracted a large fan base and has been active with various charities since winning millions of dollars in poker.
The casino group said in court papers that “illegal acts” of profits declared void Ivey. It said it was able to have an “advantage” over the casino using improper means to determine if the first card dealt in baccarat hands be strong or weak card, allowing you to place your bets accordingly.
The court documents say that Punto Banco Baccarat is played with six or eight decks of cards placed in what is called The treatment goal in each hand, which consists of two or three letters, is to get closer to nine “shoe” . – Best first letters are 7, 8 or 9 from 10 or picture card counts as zero.
Players can bet that they will win, that the bank will win, or that the hand is a tie.
The court documents say that Ivey and his accomplice, after some trial and error, they found a “shoe” containing playing cards with an asymmetrical design. They were able to convince the bank, then gave out cards to activate the card either side or end to end.
The staff was not suspicious because the accomplice, who spoke Cantonese with dealers, acted like she was superstitious and just change the way the cards lay for good luck, court documents say.