US Supreme Court Rejects Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting Partner’s Foxwoods Casino Case

The US Supreme Court rejected earlier this week a case filed by Cheung Yin Sun against Foxwoods Resort Casino. The gambling venue had reportedly refused to pay Ms. Sun and her companion players Zong Yang Li and Long Mei Fang winnings of around $1.1 million.

Foxwoods is one of Connecticut’s two casinos, with the other being Mohegan Sun. Located in Mashantucket, the property is owned and operated by the federally recognized Mashantucket Pequot Tribe.

Ms. Sun and her companion players had reportedly been refused their winnings at the Connecticut-based casino after deploying playing techniques that staff at the venue considered cheating. The three players had brought the matter to court.

A US District Court had ruled that Foxwoods could not be sued because of its owner’s sovereign immunity as a federally recognized tribe. The plaintiffs had argued that staff members, who had denied them their winnings, had not acted in their capacities as a tribe’s members but rather in their individual capacities.

Ms. Sun and her companion players had later on appealed that first ruling to the US Supreme Court. Earlier this week, the higher court, too, found in Foxwoods’ favor rejecting the above claim.

Ms. Sun is recognized in the gambling world for her impeccable edge-sorting skills. She is known for her abilities to spot even the tiniest discrepancies on playing cards and to use these to improve her edge against the casino.

Her skills gathered more media attention after it became clear that Ms. Sun was a co-plaintiff in poker star Phil Ivey’s court case against Crockfords Casino and a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Borgata.

Both cases involved the use of edge-sorting by the two players during baccarat playing sessions at the above-mentioned two gambling venues. In 2012, Ivey and Sun won more than $9.6 million at Atlantic City’s Borgata. The two players received their winnings, but later on found themselves to be defendants in a lawsuit initiated by the gambling venue.

According to the Borgata, the deployment of the controversial edge-sorting technique equaled cheating. The casino wanted Ivey and Sun’s winnings back, but the two players showed strong determination to retain what they said they had won through skill.

A federal judge sided with the Borgata last October, ruling that Ivey and Sun’s actions had violated the New Jersey casino law and their contract with the casino. The case continues even now.

As mentioned above, the two players were also plaintiffs in a court case against London’s Crockfords Casino. Ivey and Sun sued the iconic gambling venue for refusing to pay them winnings of around £7.8 million they had earned in several punto banco sessions. The casino had denied them their winnings after finding out that they had deployed the edge-sorting technique.

Last November, the UK Supreme Court ruled that their actions had “amounted to cheating”, although the two players had not acted in a dishonest manner. Ivey and Sun were given the green light to appeal the ruling. It is yet to become known what actions they are to undertake in future.

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