Atlantic City, New Jersey – Phil Ivey is ordered to pay Borgata $10.1 million


Posted on the 21st of December 2016

Atlantic City, New Jersey – Phil Ivey is ordered to pay Borgata $10.1 million

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Ivey, and his player companion, Cheng Yin Sun have been ordered by a federal judge to return $10.1 million in winnings to the Borgata, two years after the Borgata sued the couple for allegedly cheating. The couple apparently used “Edge Sorting” which is a technique used in advantage gambling where a player determines whether a face-down playing card is likely to be low or high at casino table games by observing and exploiting subtle unintentional differences on the backs of some types of card, after persuading a croupier to cooperate by unwittingly sorting the cards into low and high. The Borgata claimed that the cards used were defective, and that the patterns on the back of the cards were not uniform. The casino also claims that Ivey and his companion took advantage of the defective cards to sort and arrange good cards. In Ivey’s defense, Ivey’s attorney, Ed Jacobs stated that; “This was simply a skilled patron of the casino combining his intellect, his visual acuity and his skills to beat the casino at his own game.”

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