Professional poker player Phil Ivey has decided to continue the legal battle against London’s Crockford’s Casino. Refusing to accept the London High Court’s ruling in favor of the casino, Ivey has decided to appeal against it. Ivey had initially sued the casino for refusing to pay his baccarat winnings of $12.4 million. The casino had argued that Ivey had cheated the casino in order to win it.
Matthew Dowd, Ivey’s legal representative, has confirmed that Ivey moved the Appeals Court last week. He said that the poker pro intends to appeal against the court’s rulings on grounds that “the judge was incorrect in both fact and law to conclude that ‘edge sorting’ was cheating, particularly in circumstances where the Judge made it very clear in his judgment that he considered Phil to be a truthful witness and that he accepted that Phil genuinely believes that his actions during the game at Crockfords did not constitute cheating.”
In August 2012, Ivey and a female friend visited Crockford’s Casino, which is owned and operated by Genting. Ivey won £7.8 million while playing baccarat, but the casino refused to pay him his winnings pending investigation because it suspected foul play.
In May 2013, Ivey announced that he is going to sue the casino and said that he was unhappy about the fact that the casino had given him no choice but to move court against it. He said that launching a legal battle against Genting was very difficult for him as he respected the company a lot.
Unfortunately for Ivey, the London High Court ruled in favor of the casino. Judge Miting declared that Ivey had used a strategy called “edge sorting,” which amounts to cheating as per civil law. Ivey, however, refused to accept that edge sorting was cheating, but the judge dismissed his arguments that edge sorting is a fair strategy and not cheating. The professional poker player, who has won 10 World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets in the course of his career, said that he would never risk his reputation by breaking laws, adding that he just does not cheat. He said: “As a professional gambler, my job is to seek to lawfully reverse or reduce the perceived house edge.”
Ivey is currently facing another legal battle, this time against Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, which sued him in April 2014 for using edge sorting to win $9.6 million.