This week a US judge ordered poker pro Phil Ivey and his partner Cheng Yun Lin to pay back $10.1 million to the Borgata casino after they exploited a flaw in playing cards and won that exact amount from the casino back in 2012.
Ivey, Lin, and the Borgata have been fighting over the case for four years, with the casino claiming that the two violated the terms of the game by exploiting an edge sorting flaw in cards that Ivey specifically requested be used during his play. The casino had originally sought more than $15 million in damages, as they claimed that is the amount the players would have sustained if there was no edge-sorting advantage. The judge claimed this was speculative and would not be allowed, and an additional $250,000 claim for comped hospitality and accommodation were also denied.
Ivey and Lin had another case in the United Kingdom with an identical set of circumstances, and the group also was ordered by a court to pay back the money they won there.
Ivey is a prominent poker player, who stands second on the all-time money list in the United states, with more than $23,856,034 in winnings. There was no word as to whether or not Ivey or Lin will appeal the judge's ruling.