Phil Ivey's Ongoing Legal Battle

Phil Ivey's Ongoing Legal Battle

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The ongoing battle between American poker professional Phil Ivey and the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa has taken another twist after the Atlantic City venue filed a motion to have the American player's counter-claim dismissed.

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa originally refused to pay Ivey $9.6 million in baccarat winnings following claims that the 39-year-old had utilised illegal tactics. The ten-time World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner later admitted to using edge sorting techniques, which involves the reading of imperfections on poorly manufactured cards, but asserted that this was not illegal.

The two parties eventually exchanged legal documents with neither willing to budge. Ivey subsequently let go of his claim to the $9.6 million but filed a counter-claim in August for a similar amount.

Using the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa's argument that he deliberately set out to deceive, Ivey's counter-suit asserted that the venue had been guilty of exploiting him through the use of alcohol, betting lines and attractive women.

After considering its options, the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa has now filed a motion asking that Ivey's counter-suit be dismissed with a judge set to rule on the matter on or before November 2.

"The facts of this case are undisputed that Mr Ivey and Ms Sun set out to deceive Borgata with their sophisticated scheme and they were successful in doing so," read the legal claim from the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa.

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