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Top poker player Phil Ivey loses £7.7m casino case

One of the world's leading poker players has lost a multimillion pound law suit at the High Court in London over £7.7m of winnings at a top casino. Crockfords Club accused Mr Ivey of using a technique called 'edge-sorting' to give himself an unfair advantage in the card game Punto Blanco.

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Judge rules Phil Ivey cannot claim back Baccarat win

A High Court judge has ruled in favour of the owners of a London casino who refused to pay £7.7m in winnings to top card player Phil Ivey.

Mr Ivey brought the case against Genting Casinos after he won the money during a round of the card game Punto Blanco - a version of Baccarat - in August 2012.

After four sessions he was told that his £7.7m winnings would be wired to him, but when he got back to the United States he found he had only had his original stake money of £1m returned.

Phil Ivey outside the High Court in London. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The casino said Mr Ivey had used a technique called "edge-sorting" to give himself an unfair advantage.

They argued that Mr Ivey's conduct defeated the premise of the game and therefore meant there was no contract between Ivey and the casino.

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