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US District Court Judge Noel Hillman just ordered Phil Ivey to give back over $10 million he won playing Baccarat over four visits to the Borgata Casino in New Jersey in 2012.
The case started in 2014 when the Borgata accused Ivey and his gambling partner Cheng Yin Sun of using a technique called “edge-sorting” to turn the odds in their favor.
That's when a player notices irregularities in the printing on the backs of the cards and uses that information to track cards even when they're face-down.
Ivey, who's better known as one of the world's most successful poker players, admitted that he was edge-sorting but argued that he hadn't broken the rules of the game and should therefore be allowed to keep the roughly $9.6 million he won.
People in the poker community agreed with him and Daniel Negreanu tweeted: “I've been hustled before, but the idea of not paying was never even a consideration! Borgata- you got hustled bad. Get over it already.”
The Borgata's lawsuit, however, said Ivey and Sun had in fact broken New Jersey state gambling laws by taking advantage of a manufacturing defect in the pattern printed on the back of the cards.
Judge Hillman agreed with the Borgata in a ruling last October and this week ordered Ivey and Cheng to pay the New Jersey Casino $10.1 million, their total winnings plus interest.
But, the Judge also ruled that Ivey and Sun will not have to repay the roughly $250,000 in comps they received as a result of their high-stakes gambling sessions in 2012.
Ivey's lawyer Ed Jacobs said "What this ruling says is a player is prohibited from combining his skill, intellect and visual acuity to beat the casino at its own game.”
Jacobs also said they will appeal the decision soon.
This news comes on the heels of Ivey losing his appeal in a similar case against Crockford's Club in the UK.
The London casino refused to pay Ivey and Sun 7.7 million pounds they won playing Baccarat on the grounds they were edge-sorting.
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