Poker ace Phil Ivey has lost his UK civil appeal case regarding £7.7 million that was confiscated by Crockford's Club, which was taken after Ivey and an accomplice were caught "cheating" by using an edge sorting technique.
The case is one that is spanning two countries, as a similar case took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey where Ivey used the same technique to win $10 million from the Borgata. In the UK case, Ivey and Cheung Yun Sun identified and exploited an edge sorting flaw in the cards, which allowed them to identify when cards of value were coming up. Ivey won £7.7 million in the Crockfords Club case, and he lost the original case which forced him to lodge this appeal.
Speaking about his defeat Ivey said, "This decision makes no sense to me. The trial judge said that I was not dishonest and the three appeal judges agreed but somehow the decision has gone against me. Can someone tell me how you can have honest cheating? I'd like to add that I am very grateful to Lady Justice Sharp who decided that the trial judge was 'wrong' to decide that I had cheated."