Casino Accuses Gambling Champ Phil Ivey of Cheating
Poker great is sued over winnings in baccarat
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2014 12:02 PM CDT
In this 2009 photo, Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

(Newser) – A lawsuit from a casino accuses one of the world's highest-profile poker players of being a cheat—at least when it comes to baccarat. The Borgata casino of Atlantic City has sued Phil Ivey, claiming he won a total of $9.6 million through a scheme that violates New Jersey casino rules, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Specifically, the lawsuit accuses Ivey of "edge sorting." It's complicated, but the suit says Ivey exploited a design flaw on the backs of the cards that helped him sort and arrange desirable cards, reports the Star-Ledger.

But for the scheme to work, the cards needed to be flipped by the dealer in particular ways, explains AP. Ivey allegedly accomplished this with the help of a Mandarin-speaking assistant, who convinced the dealer to do so out of "superstition." The casino finally put an end to Ivey's gambling after four sessions. Maybe it got wind of the legal fight he is currently in with British casino Crockfords: Ivey is accused of winning $12 million in essentially the same fashion at another form of baccarat called Punto Banco, notes the Review-Journal.

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Apr 15, 2014 4:00 PM CDT
Anyone who makes millions on a game of chance is cheating.
Apr 13, 2014 6:04 PM CDT
Guess he is lucky he did this in Jersey in Vegas you get a nice Limo ride to the desert! I have seen a few complaint about the Casinos being a rip off. Why do they need to rip you off? For every person who wins there is at least 100 loosing! Anyone who thinks they are going to hit it big by gambling is a fool! Even if you play the lottery the chances of hitting the big one are high! The biggest waste of money is buying books, Computer programs that say they can help you hit it big the only one who is hitting it big is the guy who wrote the book!
Apr 13, 2014 12:27 PM CDT
dey jus be rasism