May 15, 2013
World poker champ Phil Ivey accused of scamming English casino
Report says Ivey discovered design flaw on cards
By QMI Agency

World poker champion Phil Ivey is accused of cheating a casino out of millions. (QMI Agency)

Poker star Phil Ivey is embroiled in a legal case that could wind up costing him millions and damage his reputation.

Ivey, described by some as the Tiger Woods of poker, is accused of cheating a major casino in London, England, out of nearly $12 million in winnings.

According to court papers filed in Britain, Ivey and an accomplice allegedly scammed Crockfords, one of England's oldest casinos, out of 7.8 million pounds at the baccarat table.

The money he won has not been paid to Ivey, who insists he did nothing illegal.

The non-payment caused Ivey to file a legal claim against the Malaysia-based Genting Group, which operates the casino.

England's Daily Mail reported that Ivey is being accused of "reading" the backs of cards being used, which had a small design flaw that could be exploited.


"The fact that I have issued a lawsuit in the face of what they are alleging says everything about how comfortable I am with my conduct and the validity of my win," Ivey said in a statement issued by his lawyers Wednesday.

"Any allegations of wrongdoing by Crockfords are denied by me in the very strongest of terms."

Ivey, 37, has won nine World Series of Poker titles, nearly $18 million at sanctioned tournaments and almost $20 million in online cash games.

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