Monday, April 14, 2014

Phil Ivey being sued for alleged card cheating

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As the old saying goes, if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying.

One would have to believe poker star Phil Ivey lives by this adage after being slapped with lawsuit by the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. over alleged card cheating. The casino claims Ivey noticed a defect in the cards being used during a baccarat session and used that to win $9.6 million in 2012.

NorthJersey.com has more on the suit:

The suit alleges that the some of the cards made by Gemaco turned out to not have a perfectly symmetrical design on the back of the card. Ivey, the suit claims, was able to figure out what the first card to be dealt was – giving him a significant advantage over the “house,” or casino.

It has been reported that an automatic shuffler was used during the games as well. This was an important factor in the alleged cheating by Ivey.

The poker celebrity and his partner, Cheng Yin Sun, are alleged to have practiced “edge sorting” to, in effect, “mark” the cards by forcing the dealer to handle the cards in a way such that “the leading edges of the strategically important cards could be distinguished from the leading edges of the other cards in the deck.” This, the casino says, is why Ivey wanted to keep the same deck and the automatic shuffler, which would leave the orientation of the cards unchanged.

There is no denying that Ivey's method of gaining a competitive edge is slightly unethical. However, should it be considered illegal? Perhaps the casino should have done a better job at realizing the mistake and correcting it at the time. I'm not saying what Ivey did was right, but I'm not saying it was wrong either. He was simply taking an advantage of a flaw he noticed in the system.

Via Bleacher Report

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