Reactions To Phil Ivey's Card Reading Accusation

Reactions To Phil Ivey's Card Reading AccusationCrockfords casino in London has now justified its decision not to pay Phil Ivey the £7.3 million ($12.1m) he won playing punto banco last August, by claiming the poker pro had been reading the back of its cards. Following Crockfords startling theory, poker players and enthusiasts alike have been weighing in with their take on the high-profile case, and here is a selection of some of the views expressed:
“If Ivey really did request the same exact cards than you would think the casino would inspect them, any casino would, especially if the guy is betting millions! They had 3 full days to do it, they’re obviously lying.”
David S 
“As a dealer myself, when new cards are placed on a game we inspect the fronts and backs of the cards for imperfections…the supervisor and dealer failed to notice this, but the player did during the game. Unfortunately for the player, the casino can still claim that there was an unfair advantage and not pay Ivey. The casinos have this power and people do not realize that.”
“There are signs all over every casino that says Malfunctions void all Play. So the Casino Doesn’t have to pay him. It was obvious That Ivey noticed the cards were defective, by asking the dealer to turn all the cards around.So, in effect Ivey in my opinion cheated.”
“Casinos are just like insurance company’s. They love taking your money but when its time for them to pay up, they find every reason to weasel out of it.”
“Here’s the bottom line, the casino WILL eventually pay, perhaps the full amount, but he will never set foot in another casino in the world again. Fair or unfair that’s what will happen. High profile cheaters get on a black list that ALL casino’s enforce. His nonpoker gambling is OVER.”
“And if Phil Ivey, would have lost? Do you think that the casino would have not taken HIS $$$, given the fact they they knew their casino was using flawed cards? This is the biggest crock of #$%$; give the professional gambler his just earned winnings, you bunch of crybabies1 You can’t change the rules to suit you, just because you lost!”
A Yahoo User 
“Yahoo’s front page has this wrong. It says “Elaborate $12 million dollar cheating scheme alleged,” and it has a picture of Phil. It should say, “Casino Cheats Player of $12 million dollars,” and have a picture of the casino. What he did wasn’t cheating. It was simply playing the game as the casino presented it. What the casino is doing is cheating.”
Glenn Alexander
“Every single aspect of a casino is designed to exploit the customer in an effort to take as much of their money as they possibly can. Even if Phil did precisely as alleged the bottom line is they agreed on the day to his requests and he broke no rules or laws. So pay up you sore losers. End of!”
Robert S 
“I the cards had a defect of some sort why didn’t the casino catch it before using them? The issue is now between the casino and the card manufacturer. The player has nothing to do with that problem.”
Save America First 
“Who is cheating who, I have watched Phil Ivey play on hundreds of games and calling him a cheat is slander. Hope the Brits realize this and pay him what is due. They didn’t pizz and moan when they let him raise stakes.”
“They had 10 cameras on him…TEN!! They even admit they suspect him of cheating meaning they have no proof. It is like when someone wins a carnival game and the people running it get mad. Its because they rigged it so you can’t win, so they are surprised when you do. What happened here was a world renowned PROFESSIONAL gambler succeeded where others failed because he studied the game, found a flaw, and exploited it.”

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