Professional poker player Phil Ivey has appeared in a British High Court in order to try to get his £7 million that he won from Crockfords Club Casino playing Punto Baco.
Ivey is having to fight his case in court because he used an edge sorting technique to gain an advantage in the game. He ended up taking £7 million from the casino before they caught on and ended up banning him. The casino contends that Ivey undermined the game and should not have to pay out the winnings.
Speaking to the court Ivey said, "I am highly successful in my job as a poker player and professional gambler and I would never do anything to risk my reputation/ My integrity is infinitely more important to me than a big win, which is why I have brought these proceedings to demonstrate that I have been unjustly treated.”
"I use a variety of strategies whilst playing in casinos. No system is fail-safe and each time I play I risk failing to execute the strategy properly - some of these are very complex or difficult to execute - which usually results in me losing a lot of money.”
Ivey has a second casino suing him as well, as he took the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City for more than $9.6 million using the same technique.