Professional poker player Phil Ivey has had his request to throw out a $9.6 million civil lawsuit from the Borgata Atlantic City against him denied by a Federal Judge this week.
Ivey is being sued by the Borgata for swindling the casino out of $9.6 million at Baccarat, taking advantage of a flaw in the cards and cleaning the house with his female friend Cheng Yin Sun over four different sessions.
Judge Noel L Hillman denied the motion for dismissal, but ruled that the Borgata show how Ivey and Sun violated the Casino Control Act and why the matter shouldn't be referred to the Division of Gaming Enforcement or Casino Control Commission.
The ruling read in part: “At this stage of the proceedings Borgata has pled plausible claims sounding in fraud. The Court will therefore allow the case, in addition to Borgata’s claims against Gemaco, to proceed through discovery, and it will be for the CCC [Casino Control Commission in New Jersey, DGE [New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement], and perhaps this Court or a jury to consider the validity of Borgata’s claims and the propriety of Ivey and Sun’s actions.”
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