Phil Ivey's case against a London casino is headed to U.K.'s highest court

Phil Ivey's case against a London casino is headed to U.K.'s highest court

July 13, 2017 10:27 AM
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Poker superstar Phil Ivey's case against a London casino is headed to the United Kingdom’s highest court in an effort to prove he didn’t cheat to win 7.7 million pounds ($9.9 million) at Crockfords casino in London in 2012, reports Bloomberg.

At issue is whether dishonesty is a necessary component to cheating.

Ivey, who originally sued for the winnings in 2014, won the money playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat. He admits to using a technique called edge sorting, which involves arranging cards to take advantage of slight design differences or flaws to give a player a better idea of high and low-value cards. 

A lower court judge ruled Ivey was an honest witness but still ruled against him while a majority of Court of Appeal judges said he "achieved his winnings through manipulating" the odds in his favor.

"He certainly gained an advantage," Richard Spearman, Ivey’s lawyer, said in court Thursday. "Whether he gained a legitimate advantage is the question that we are all buzzing around.”