Borgata Casino Sues Card Manufacturer in Prolonged Phil Ivey Baccarat Case

The Borgata’s case against world-known poker pro Phil Ivey involves so many twists and turns that it is getting harder and harder to keep up. It has recently become known that the Atlantic City casino is suing the Gemaco card manufacturer for knowingly selling it playing cards with manufacturing defects.

According to news sources, The Borgata has recently filed for a summary judgment in its case against Gemaco. If the gambling venue wins that case, the card manufacturing company may be required to pay the amount of $10.1 million the casino lost after Ivey’s four visits back in 2012.

Accompanied by Cheung Yin Sun, the poker pro visited the popular Atlantic City gaming spot and played eight baccarat sessions, eventually winning $9.6 million. Ivey and his companion player asked the casino for a Mandarin-speaking dealer, a deck of purple Gemaco cards, as well as for the dealer to rotate and position the cards in a certain way.

That particular type of Gemaco cards appeared to have a manufacturing defect on their backs. Spotting the discrepancies on each of the cards, Ivey and Sun were able to gain edge over the casino and eventually leave with $9.6 million in their pockets.

The Borgata realized that the two players winning such a substantial sum was the result from the use of the highly controversial edge sorting technique only after they had already been paid out. The casino filed a lawsuit, which has been spanning for several years now.

Last fall, a federal judge sided with The Borgata, ruling that Ivey and Sun’s actions did not represent fraud in general. However, the two players were ruled to have violated New Jersey’s casino codes. Ivey’s legal team appealed that ruling, but it is yet to be seen whom the court will decide in favor of eventually.

The poker pro’s appeal cannot be heard before a decision is made on The Borgata’s lawsuit against Gemaco. And it is still unclear whether Ivey and Sun will have to return their winnings, if the card manufacturer is ordered to pay the amount of $10.1 million the casino claims to have lost as a result from the two players’ actions. In other words, the case is becoming more and more complicated and it seems that it may take several more years before a final decision is made.

Ivey’s court troubles are not limited to his Borgata case. The player is currently suing London’s Crockfords Casino for refusing to pay him punto banco winnings of £7.8 million. Ivey, yet again accompanied by Sun, played that baccarat variant at the popular English casino in August 2012. He accumulated the above-mentioned amount once again by deploying edge sorting.

Unlike The Borgata, Crockfords’ staff spotted that on time and the two players were denied their winnings. Last year, the UK Court of Appeals backed the casino, ruling that Ivey and Sun’s actions amounted to cheating, although it could not be said that they were utterly dishonest in their actions.

They were allowed to appeal that decision in the Supreme Court of the UK. The case was heard by the nation’s highest court in mid-July.

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