Courts Rule That Phil Ivey’s “Edge” Is Considered Cheating
Phil Ivey is no stranger to the world of poker. At 38, many consider him to be one of the greatest poker players of all time. His reputation is backed by 10 bracelets won in the World Series of Poker. But like many professional gamblers, there is never enough money. Ivey is always looking for an edge that will increase his winnings. This edge has landed him in spotlight over the past couple years on different occasions.
In August of 2012, Ivey took £1 million to the Crockfords Club in London to play baccarat. Over the course of four winning sessions, he had more than £7.7 million in chips. When he arrived back to his home in Las Vegas, he was expecting the money to be wired to him from the casino. Unfortunately for Mr. Ivey, only the original £1 million was returned.
The reason for this is that the bosses at the Crocksfords Club alleged that Mr. Ivey was using “edge-sorting” as an advantage. That is when a player takes note of the variables in design on the back of the cards, making it possible to know what card is next to be dealt. Naturally, Ivey felt that he was entitled to his money because he claims it’s not cheating if the casino doesn’t catch its own mistakes. So he made his case heard in the UK courts. After a lengthy battle, the ruling was in favor of the Crockford’s Club. After the ruling, Phil Ivey was quoted saying “I believe that what we did was a legitimate strategy and we did nothing more than exploit Crockfords’ failures to take proper steps to protect themselves against a player of my ability. Clearly today the judge did not agree.”