Tomorrow, 13 July 2017 will see Phil Ivey appear in the UK Supreme Court to contest Crockfords Casino withholding his £7.8m winnings from August 2012 — which may explain why he hasn’t been spotted at this years World Series of Poker currently being held in Las Vegas.
The poker pro has lost his appeal against Genting Casinos UK (who owns Crockfords Club in Mayfair) back in November 2016 due to his use of edge sorting — a technique that exploits a defect in the printing of the cards.
Ivey was appealing the 2014 ruling that he was cheating while playing Punto Banco (a form of Baccarat) with his playing partner Cheung Yin Sun at the Crockfords Casino in August 2012.
At the time, Ivey’s lawyer, Matthew Dowd of Archerfield Partners LLP, went on to say “It is essential that the law is clarified and in light of today’s decision we are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.”
The point at issue tomorrow is whether or not dishonesty is a necessary element for cheating at gambling.
Commenting on the case, Ivey said in a recent press release:
Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1. I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is right. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will reverse the decision against me and that I will finally receive my winnings which I consider to be the just and proper outcome to this dispute.
Phil Ivey has admitted to “edge sorting,” but contended that he did not cheat his way to the £8 Million Punto Blanco Win.