US professional poker player Phil Ivey has been sued by Atlantic City casino and resort Borgata after the casino alleged that the Ace and an associate cheated while playing Baccarat, taking $9.6 million from the casino.
Ivey and his accomplice reportedly picked up on a defect in a deck of cards that allowed them to arrange hands in the games. During gameplay Ivey wagered between $25,000 and $100,000 per hand, allowing him to take the huge sum.
The Borgata says that using the card defects to their advantage is a violation of New Jersey gambling regulations, and makes any winnings taken by the pair to be invalid.
The defective cards were assembled by Kansas City, Missouri based Gemaco, which had a row of small white circles that were placed on the top of the card. The Borgata claims that some of the cards only had half a circle, which allowed Ivey to take advantage.
Representatives for Ivey and Borgata refused comment on the story.