«Phil Ivey’s Manipulations at Casinos Revealed
Expert at poker Phil Ivey has recently got involved in another scandalous story. This poker pro has already been caught cheating at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, located in Atlantic City. He was then accused of applying some of his ‘tricky’ practices helping him to get about $9.6m. Edge-sorting is a well known term to gamblers. It is all about fine defects, invisible even to the manufacturer of cards, yet they can be perfectly noticeable to the sharp eyesight of a professional player. The player can ‘recognize’ the face of the card by its back and, in this manner figure out his further steps that would lead him to victory. This technique was used by Phil Ivey at the Borgata Casino in 2012. Ivey along with Gemaco Inc., the manufacturer whose cards where used at that period of time, were sued and accused of racketeering, fraud and a whole range of other not less serious offences.However, this did not stop Phil Ivey from his illegal practices. Last spring the gambler was accused of cheating Crockfords Casino one year earlier for Ј7.3m. Crockfords refused to pay the poker pro his ‘winnings’ and Ivey sued the casino. Crockfords took Ivey to court where Ivey confessed to having cheated the gambling facility but, at the same time, blamed it all on the management who, according to him, should have eliminated the flawed cards. There might well be far more casinos where Ivey played his favorite baccarat in 2012 and who knows, they could find their archived security video recordings quite shocking.
Another interesting fact is that at Crockfords as well as the Borgata Casino Ivey was accompanied and assisted by female friends. Cheng Yin Sun, Ivey’s partner at Crockfords, was accused of aiding him by giving hints to the dealer of the casino. Another lady, Kelly by name, accompanied Ivey at the Borgata. Her mission was to identify flawed cards, making the dealer to cooperate with them and help Ivey to recognize cards of higher values.Ivey appeared to be quite a demanding client. The Borgata reported that demanded that the casino should allow him to bring his own packs of cards. Another demand was that the casino should use an automatic card shuffler. This would have kept the cards in some certain order before they were used again. At Crockfords Ivey was not less inventive. Before betting the allowed maximum he first ‘tested’ the cards. Only when he saw that he could easily identify the cards did he up his bets. Borgata representatives tried to find out more about what had happened at Crockfords and what exactly Crockfords’ accusations of Ivey playing a dishonest game were based on. Ivey did not admit to cheating the casinos and in order to look more convincing Ivey lost almost $2.75m after winning $3.5m.
This year has been hard for the Borgata because it has been attacked by scammers a number of times. In order to avoid further attacks the casino has planned to introduce a new generation of casino chips. The management believes that this measure will help them to control the situation at the coming World Poker Tours. Unfortunately, almost every casino is to face cheaters and thieves. A few days ago the Maryland Live! casino finally brought a charge against a couple from Northern Virginia who gambled at the casino with fake chips.