16.4.2016, 11:51 | Autor: Highstakesdb.com | tisk článku | doporučit článek

September deadline for verdict on Ivey’s £7.8M Crockfords appeal

Poker great Phil Ivey was back in the English capital on Wednesday to appeal the £7.8M court ruling that went against him back in 2014. Two days on and it’s been revealed by Ivey’s spokesman that the verdict of his appeal will be publicised before September later on this year.

In 2012 Ivey was refused the £7.8M in question by London-based Crockfords casino after the venue complained he’d been cheating at its punto-banco tables using a technique called “edge sorting” – identifying cards via slight imperfections in the patterns on their backs. 

Ivey, who referred to himself as an “advantage player” in court on Wednesday, admitted to using the technique during the initial trial in 2014, but claimed that the actions he and his partner Cheung Yin Sun carried out didn’t constitute cheating.

They hadn’t physically touched the cards, and the casino had willingly agreed to fulfil all of their requests during the time they spent at the tables – which included the dealer purposely showing the players the back of each card before it was dealt and bets were made.

The judge ruled in 2014 that the technique should be classed as cheating, but also said that Ivey’s grounds of appeal raised an important question of law and had a real chance at success. Ivey cited the judge’s statement that day as the best news he’d had since winning the almost £8M in August 2012.

On Wednesday the judge was asked to determine the legal definition of cheating in a casino and opted to reserve judgement, essentially postponing the decision until a later date.

According to Ivey’s spokesman, there have not yet been any subsequent hearings scheduled between now and the deadline for the decision set in September.

Source: HighStakesdb.com


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