Arguably the best poker player in the world, Phil Ivey, has been sued by the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa after he won $9.6 million playing Baccarat. The Atlantic City based casino claims that Ivey used a defect in the cards, known as edge sorting, to gain an unfair advantage over four sessions of play from April till October 2012.
The casino in New Jersey claims that Ivey’s edge sorting methods are in violation of the gambling regulations. Neither the Borgata nor Ivey’s lawyer wished to make a statement regarding the case as of right now.
The cards manufacturing company Cemaco Inc., based in Kansas City, put flawed cards on the market where the rows of small white circles are not consistent. Because of the inconsistency Ivey was able to find a pattern, which ultimately gave him an unfair advantage according to the casino.
The lawsuit claims that Ivey made the dealer flip the cards in a specific way, this exposed the flaws and Ivey was able to quickly memorize which beneficiary cards (6, 7, 8 and 9) had which flaws. Because the cards were shuffled by an automated system the alignment did not change and over time Ivey managed to rack up a staggering $9.6 million in winnings.
Last year Ivey was also involved in a huge lawsuit with Genting Casino in London where he won almost $12 million by using a similar method. That case is still ongoing and the best player in the world has a lot on his mind going into the 2014 World Series of Poker that starts at the end of May.