Phil Ivey says Genting Casinos owes him USD 10M

Poker player takes UK casino to court over unpaid winnings

”I was upset as I had played an honest game and won fairly. My integrity is infinitely more important to me than a big win,” said professional poker player Phil Ivey.

United Kingdom 
| 14/07/2017

After playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco in 2012, Ivey was told the money would be wired to him but he never received the prize, although his stake money of USD 1.3M was returned.

Genting, which owns more than 40 casinos in the UK, said the technique of ”edge-sorting” he used – which involves identifying small differences in the pattern on the reverse of playing cards and exploiting that information to increase the chances of winning – was not a legitimate strategy and the casino had no liability to him.

The 40-year-old American is challenging a 2016 majority decision in the Court of Appeal dismissing his case against Genting Casinos UK, which owns Crockfords Club in Mayfair.

Ivey did not personally touch any cards, but persuaded the croupier to rotate the most valuable cards by intimating that he was superstitious.

“It is for the court to determine whether the interference was of such a quality as to constitute cheating. In my judgment it had that quality, ” he said.