Phil Ivey Granted Appeal to UK's Supreme CourtMarch 1, 2017 1:05 pm
While Phil Ivey used to make all the poker news with his consistent wins, the 40 year-old pro hasn’t cashed in at a live tournament since January 2016, while on the online cash game circuit he’s not been seen on PokerStars since December of 2015.
Instead, the 10-times WSOP bracelet winner has been making all the headlines for his high-profile court cases against the Borgata in Atlantic City, and Crockfords in London, in which he used an “edge sorting” technique to win millions of dollars from the two casinos. In both cases, Ivey ultimately saw the judge’s decision go against him, but he has received another opportunity to claw back some of the money he originally won after the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has now agreed to hear his case.
Throughout the whole ordeal dating back to 2012, Phil Ivey has maintained his belief that the technique he used could not be construed as cheating, and that he was merely using his abilities to outsmart the game. Furthermore, in last November’s ruling by the Court of Appeal, none of the three Appeal Court judges stated that Ivey had acted dishonestly, and yet he still ended up losing the case by a majority of 2 to 1.
Ivey has since stated that the ruling made no sense to him, and he has subsequently expressed his satisfaction over the Supreme Court’s decision to now hear his argument. Commenting on the development, Ivey explained:
“I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”
Ivey never received the £7.8 million ($11 million) be won from Crockfords, while the Borgata, on the other hand, did pay him around $10 million, but later sued to have the money returned after the Crockfords lawsuit came to light.