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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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Phil Ivey: 'It is not my nature to cheat'

Top card player Phil Ivey has insisted the strategy he adopted in a high-stakes card game did not amount to cheating.

The 38-year-old said the technique of 'edge-sorting' he used was "a legitimate strategy" to exploit the casino's failure to take "proper steps to protect themselves against a player of my ability".

Speaking through a spokesman, Mr Ivey said: "I am obviously disappointed with this judge's decision. As I said in court, it is not my nature to cheat and I would never do anything to risk my reputation.

"I am pleased that the judge acknowledged in court that I was a truthful witness."

Lawyers for Mr Ivey were refused permission to appeal although they can renew their application to the Court of Appeal directly.

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