Crockfords Wins Online Poker Pro Phil Ivy Suit

Published Sunday, October 12, 2014 -
Crockfords Wins Online Poker Pro Phil Ivy Suit

California native and well known poker player Phillip Dennis "Phil" Ivey Jr., has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. The thirty eight year old has garnered a reputation in the poker world as a bit of a chameleon with his various nick names and style. ‘No Home Jerome’, ‘The Phenon’ and now the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ has run into some difficulty of late with accusations of cheating at high-stakes baccarat at a private table in London’s Crockfords Casino.

The pro poker player lost his bid to be exonerated as a London judge ruled that his use of the technique of edge sorting to win at baccarat was indeed cheating. The laws suit was an attempt to get the Crockford Casino to pay Ivy the £7.7 million ($12.4 million) he won in 2012 by determining whether it was just advantage play or ‘cheating.’

High Court Judge John Mitting  made the decision that Ivey’s actions amounted to cheating, even if Ivey actually  felt he was rightfully taking advantage of the flaws in the casino. Judge Mitting also examined the fact that Ivey had basically  turned the dealer into an “innocent agent” of his plan. “This is in my view cheating.” the judge said, and “He gave himself an advantage which the game precludes,”

“It is not in my nature to cheat,” An Ivey spokesperson said,  “I believe what we did was nothing more than exploit Crockford’s failures. Clearly the judge did not agree.”

A spokesperson for the casino commented, “Crockfords is pleased with the judgment of the High Court today supporting its defense of a claim by Mr. Ivey,” adding, “It is our policy not to discuss our clients’ affairs in public and we very much regret that proceedings were brought against us. We attach the greatest importance to our exemplary reputation for fair, honest and professional conduct and today’s ruling vindicates the steps we have taken in this matter.”






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