The British Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by professional poker player Phil Ivey, who has demanded £ 7.7 million of winnings from the Crockfords casino.
Court representatives found that the player’s use of the “edge-sorting” technique during a game of baccarat constitutes fraud.
According to Bloomberg.com, Judge Mary Arden said that the player had achieved his score as a result of manipulation. Phil Ivey is surprised by this decision and has announced that he plans to appeal.
His lawyers stress that Ivey did not touch the cards or use any device during the game – he merely acted as an advisor to his partner, who held the cards.
Paul Willcock, the director of the casino is satisfied with the sentence, which he views as a confirmation of his decision not to pay the player.
The case concerns an incident from 2012 when Ivey, one of the most successful poker players, won £7.7 million in the Crockfords casino in London. The court received a notice in 2014 – states Bloomberg.com.
The player demands payment of the sum. The casino representatives, however, claim that it was acquired fraudulently. Ivey had supposedly used a technique called edge-sorting, which means that he recognized the differences in the print visible on the reverses of the individual cards, allowing him to know in advance which card is on the table.