Poker star cheating, UK casino accuses Phil Ivey of cheating

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Poker star cheating,  A major casino operator is accusing Phil Ivey, an American who is one of the world’s top professional poker players, of amassing millions of dollars in winnings by cheating at baccarat. Court papers filed in Britain’s High Court by the Malaysia-based Genting Group say that Ivey and an accomplice successfully used a scam to rack up winnings of roughly 7.8 million pounds ($11.9 million) last summer.
The case has rocked the world of professional poker by pitting one of its most charismatic young stars against a major resort and casino operator. The game in question took place on Aug. 20-21 at Crockfords, one of London’s oldest and most respected casinos.
The long-simmering dispute was first made public last month when Ivey filed a claim against the Genting Group in London’s High Court. His lawyers said the casino refused to pay Ivey the money he had won playing baccarat at Crockfords, which is part of the Genting Group.
The casino responded in court Tuesday by accusing Ivey of cheating, saying his winnings were invalid because they were “based upon illegal acts.”
On Wednesday, Ivey issued a statement through his lawyers denying any misconduct.
“The fact that I have issued a lawsuit in the face of what they are alleging says everything about how comfortable I am with my conduct and the validity of my win,” he said. “Any allegations of wrongdoing by Crockfords are denied by me in the very strongest of terms.”
Ivey, a 37-year-old American, has been phenomenally successful, winning numerous World Series of Poker Championship bracelets. He has attracted a large fan base and been active with several charities since winning millions of dollars at poker.
The casino group said in the court papers that Ivey’s “illegal acts” void his claimed winnings. It said he was able to have a “significant advantage” over the casino by using improper means to determine whether the first card being dealt in the baccarat hands would be a powerful or weak card, allowing him to place his bets accordingly.
The court papers say Punto Banco Baccarat is played with six or eight decks of cards placed in what is called a dealing “shoe.” The goal in each hand, which consists of two or three cards, is to get closest to nine — the best first cards are a 7, 8 or 9 since a 10 or a picture card counts as zero.
Players can bet that they will win, that the bank will win, or that the hand will be a tie.
The court papers say that Ivey and his accomplice, after some trial and error, found a “shoe” that contained decks of cards with an asymmetrical design. They were then able to convince the dealer, after cards were revealed, to turn the card either sideways or end over end. The staff was not suspicious because the accomplice, who spoke Cantonese with the dealers, acted like she was superstitious and just changing the way the cards lay for good luck, court papers say.
The effect was that the dealer inadvertently sorted the cards so that 7, 8 and 9 cards were distinguishable from others. Ivey sustained his success, the court papers claimed, by asking that the cards be shuffled automatically by a machine, which meant the way the cards were arranged was not altered as the game progressed.
The court papers also claim that Ivey specifically asked for an Asian dealer so his accomplice could communicate with that dealer in a language not known by the rest of the casino staff.




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  1. Good luck phil

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  2. Even when you win...you lose.

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  3. Ivey, an affiliate of Full Tilt, which screwed thousand of people out of millions a cheater? No way.

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  4. phil hellmuth get convicted yet? he was caught in the mens room with matasow.

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  5. This is an obvious but well executed scam by the players.

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  6. If the casino furnished the cards they should pay for their mistake.

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  7. how was he cheating....he never once touched the cards

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  8. they just do not want to pay him,and will do anything to try,and not too. Going to hurt them more,because high rollers might be concerned that if they win they might not collect there winnings in the same manner.

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  9. mr. ivey
    donates more money than that,the casio needs to man up and pay him his money...now they will be known as a casio that wont pay up and will lose alot of bussiness worth more than the money they own mr. ivey...

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  10. Casino is going to lose this case as they're playing games not to part with the winner's money!! Full Tilt is part of them & these companies are the ones who are playing with other peoples winnings.

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  11. If Ivey handled the cards, or had the dealer in on it, yes, he was cheating. But if the dealer didn't think of game security enough to say "Hey, someone might be card counting" and make sure the deck stayed random, it's the casino's fault and they should pay. At any point, the casino had the right to say "I'm sorry sir, but we'd like you to cash out now. We cannot accept your play any further." But they didn't because they wanted to win the money back "fairly." This is just one of the times the casino got rooked before they could land their mark.

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  12. I totally agree with you Kyasym . I am not a huge Poker fan I watch occasionally but when I heard this story I was enraged. The dealer was not trained properly ..who fault was that? The dam casino. If they don't pay Ivey his money then their out right thieves. This is like card counting ..he came up with a good idea to get a slight edge on the competition and the casino is embarrassed that they got owned. Bunch of idiots.

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  13. He truly is the Tiger Woods of Poker...

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  14. As a result, they're refusing to pay him $12 million in winnings.


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  15. If what the casino claims is true I still don't see how it is cheating. It's more like he found a "tell" on another poker player and exploited that "tell" to his advantage. Card counting in Blackjack should not be cheating, the player counting the cards is merely using a talent to his advantage. If you cannot control or change anything about the cards yourself, how is that cheating? Of course the casinos will say otherwise. I've only ever seen baccarat played in James Bond movies.

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  16. If a player isn't being stupid, throwing away his money, he's cheating. That's how the casinos look at it.

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  17. My favorite line is "The court papers say that Ivey and his accomplice, after some trial and error, found a “shoe” that contained decks of cards with an asymmetrical design." How is that not the casino's problem. This guy is clearly very smart to pick up on the flaw and use it to his advantage. The casino should pay him the money and use him as a consultant to prevent future loss. That's what he gets for playing at "Crock"fords!

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  18. This is cheating, and I am sure the casino has it on video. It is a form of collusion involving the dealers, even if the dealers did not know they were enabling the operation.

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  19. it was planed cheating because of the accomplice! If he had not used her it would be fair. Also I would look into the dealer being in with them!

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  20. This is the same as the guy on Press Your Luck in the 80s who discovered a pattern to the flashing squares on the board and ripped the show for 100K. The only recourse the casino should have is to fix the cards and/or fire the dealer.

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  21. The casinos have no problem when they have a mathematical advantage, but if an intelligent player can figure out a way to play the game, then the casinos claim it's cheating. I say pull the casino's license and shut the bums down.

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  22. Even if he took advantage of the imperfect cards it is the casino's fault for allowing those cards to be played with in the first place. If i were the casino i would be looking into my employees because an act of incompetance occured, or even worse a conspiracy to cheat the casino

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  23. Casino just doesn't want to pay up.

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