Phil Ivey Loses Supreme Court Battle with Crocksford Club
Phil Ivey has lost his court battle to recover £7.7 million in winnings from the Crocksford Club in London. Ivey has been engaged in a battle with the casino since he played Punto Banco, a version of Baccarat, at the casino in 2012.
The Supreme Court hearing considered whether dishonesty was a necessary element of the offence of cheating.
Ivey was challenging a 2016 decision in the court of appeal dismissing his case against Genting Casinos UK. Genting claimed that a technique used by Ivey, known as edge sorting, was cheating while Ivey claimed that he won fairly.
Five of the Supreme Court justices upheld the court of appeal’s decision, which dismissed his case on the basis that dishonesty was not a necessary element of “cheating”.
Following the game Ivey was told that the money would be sent to him in Las Vegas but it never arrived. However, he did receive his bet of £1 million.
Genting said that edge-sorting, which involves recognising small differences in the pattern on the back of playing cards, amounts to cheating. Ivey didn’t touch the cards but he persuaded the croupier to rotate the most valuable cards by pretending that he was superstitious.
The court ruled that the Gambling Act 2005 provided that someone might cheat “without dishonesty or intention to deceive: depending on the circumstances it may be enough that he simply interferes with the process of the game”.
The court added that there was no doubt that Ivey’s actions interfered with the process by which the casino played the game with Ivey.