Ivey Cleared to Appeal Court Decision in Crockford’s Case

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It’s taken years but there’s finally some good news for Phil Ivey in his case against London-based Casino Crockford’s in the infamous edge-sorting case.

Ivey has been granted permission by the UK’s Supreme Court to seek an appeal in the 2014 case where the court ruled in favor of Crockford’s and denied Ivey the £7.8 million he won playing Punta Banco at the casino in 2012.

Ivey, who had a partner with him, recognized a flaw in the playing cards during that 2012 session, which led to the controversial decision to deny him his winnings.

The technique that Ivey used is referred to as edge-sorting.

Ivey: Initial Ruling Made No Sense

The ruling is a stark contrast to last November where the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s 2014 decision.

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Ivey, who is represented by Richard Spearman QC and Max Mallin QC of Thirty Nine Essex Chambers and Matthew Dowd of Archerfield Partners, released this statement about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow an appeal.

“Last November's Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1.

"I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”

Matthew Dowd followed up that statement by saying the Court of Appeal’s initial ruling made interpretation of certain sections of the U.K.'s Gambling Act unclear.

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