Phil Ivey’s card skills go right to the edge—literally. He admitted using a technique called edge-sorting to win £7.7 million at baccarat from Crockford’s Casino in London. The casino got suspicious, never paid up, and Ivey lost his legal case to get the casino to pay him his winnings.
In New Jersey, Ivey has been sued by the Borgata for using the same technique, with the help of Cheng Yin Sun, known as the “Queen of Sorts.” The Borgata wants to recover the $9.6 million Ivey won, but he has no plans to relinquish his grip on the cash.
According to a PokerNews report on the Monte Carlo EPT $100k Super High Roller, Ivey joked about the case with King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik.
“I’m gonna win that case, by the way,” said Ivey, after suggesting that he had done Tsoukernik a favor by not playing baccarat in his casino.
“That’s good, we need the money in poker,” Tsoukernik retorted.