UK Supreme Court will Hear Phil Ivey’s $12m Appeal

Famed gambler Phil Ivey hasn’t fared well in his baccarat lawsuits with Crockfords and the Borgata, losing a combined $22 million through judge decisions. But he may still have a chance to win the Crockfords case because the UK Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal. “The Supreme Court is the UK’s highest court […]

Famed gambler Phil Ivey hasn’t fared well in his baccarat lawsuits with Crockfords and the Borgata, losing a combined $22 million through judge decisions. But he may still have a chance to win the Crockfords case because the UK Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal.

“The Supreme Court is the UK’s highest court of appeal for civil cases and only hears cases which raise issues of general public importance,” said Ivey’s spokesperson.

Ivey sued the London-based Crockfords after they refused to wire him $12 million that he won through punto banco, a form of baccarat. A London High Court ruled in the casino’s favor, saying that Ivey went too far with his edge sorting, an advantage technique where one looks at card backs to spot imperfections.

The gambler used the help of Cheung Yin Sun, a baccarat genius who taught herself to spot these tiny imperfections in a certain Gemaco deck. Requesting these flawed cards, the pair also told both Crockfords and Borgata that they needed cards rotated at a 180-degree angle out of superstition. But it was really to give them a better chance to spot the card flaws.

phil-ivey-crockfordsIvey argued that his methods equated to a game of cat and mouse between he and the casino, where they still took a big risk. And as North Jersey reports, he still doesn’t know why he’s losing in court.

“Last November’s Court of Appeal (in New Jersey) ruling made no sense to me,” said Ivey. “The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1. I am so pleased that the (UK) Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”

Ivey’s appeal will be represented by Richard Spearman QC and Max Mallin QC of Thirty Nine Essex Chambers and Wilberforce Chambers respectively, along with Matthew Dowd of Archerfield Partners LLP.

“Phil and his legal team are delighted that the Supreme Court judges have decided that the Court of Appeal’s decision should be reviewed,” Dowd said. “The Court of Appeal’s ruling left the interpretation of Section 42 of the Gambling Act totally unclear and the decision to grant permission to appeal demonstrates that the Supreme Court agrees with that view.”

 

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