Phil Ivey Ordered To Return $10.1 Million to Borgata Casino
We have reported in the past on players like celebrities like Ben Affleck been banned from playing blackjack in certain casinos as he apparently has the ability to count cards. The controversy over that incident raised the question again as how casinos aggressively ban anyone using a skill and intellect from winning.
A similar case in point is that of professional Poker player Phil Ivey who has just been ordered to return $10 million he won at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. Ivey and companion player Chen Yin Sun were ordered by the federal judge to return the money as they did not follow the gambling regulations on four occasions in 2012 when playing Baccarat.
The pair were ordered to return the $10.1 million by US District Judge Noel Hillman and to restore the status quo before they began gambling at the Borgata.
The Borgata claimed that the pair exploited a defect in the pattern of the cards that gave them an unfair advantage to arrange good cards. The claim is that the pattern in the cards were defective and not uniform. Ivey and Chen picked up on this and asked the dealer to arrange the cards in a certain way which is permitted under the rules of the game. The judge ruled that this was in violation of the Casino Control Act and their contractual obligation to abide by it by gambling in the casino. Attorney for the pair hit back at the claims and said that,” What this ruling says is a player is prohibited from combining skill and intellect and visual acuity to beat the casino at its own game.” Ivey is set to appeal the ruling.