Ivey vs Crockfords Game Over: Court of Appeal Reject Claims

November 3rd 2016 | Ivan Potocki

Ivey vs Crockfords

The Court of Appeal made their ruling today in the Ivey vs Crockfords case and it wasn’t the one the high roller was hoping to hear

Phil Ivey was at the center of the attention only a few days ago, as the US court passed a decision in Borgata’s lawsuit against Ivey. While that case is still ongoing, Ivey vs Crockfords is definitely a lost cause, as the UK Court of Appeals confirmed the initial verdict in favor of Crockfords.

Ivey vs Crockfords: Initial Ruling

Back in October 2014, London’s High Court ruled against Ivey, classifying the edge sorting technique used by Ivey and his partner Cheung Yin Sun as cheating. Ivey openly admitted to using edge sorting, but he was firm in his belief that he wasn’t cheating.

Since the High Court didn’t share his view on the matter, Ivey filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal and the case was finally heard today, more than two years after the initial ruling.

Ivey vs Crockfords game over?

Three judges of the Court of Appeal considered all the facts of the case, as they were presented to them, and confirmed the verdict of the High Court. The decision means that Ivey won’t be seeing any of his $9.6 million in baccarat winnings that were withheld by the casino.

Ivey vs Crockfords

The high roller was left befuddled by the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Ivey vs Crockfords case, not understanding how one can be a “honest cheater”

The decision still remains somewhat unclear, though. During the initial proceedings, the judge deemed Phil Iveytruthful witness but despite of that, ruled against his claim. The Court of Appeal backed this decision, leaving many things a bit foggy.

High roller befuddled

After the Court’s ruling, Ivey shared his discontent, stating that the decision made no sense to him. Ivey’s logic is this: if he wasn’t dishonest, which seems to be a general agreement by all judges involved with the case, how can be guilty of fraud or cheating?

Can someone tell me how you can have honest cheating?

Ivey’s attorney echoed the sentiment, explaining that the Court’s ruling didn’t really shed any light on the matter of legality of Ivey’s actions. The judges seem unable to agree on the correct interpretation of the relevant section of the Gambling Act.

Supreme Court to decide in Ivey vs Crockfords case

In light of all these facts and indications, Ivey’s lawyer announced they would be moving Ivey vs Crockfords case to the next instance, which is the Supreme Court. This, of course, depends on whether the Supreme Court finds enough grounds to grant them the appeal.

Should the appeal in Ivey vs Crockfords case be accepted, this will be the last attempt for the high roller to try and receive any of his baccarat winnings. If the Supreme Court agrees with previous decisions, Ivey will be all out of luck.

Ivey vs Crockfords

Ivey and his lawyer will be appealing to the Supreme Court, which is the final chance for Ivey to get any of his winnings from Crockfords Casino

As for Crockfords, they were naturally thrilled with the decision, emphasizing how they’ve been fair and honest throughout the entire matter (including the time Ivey spent playing at the tables), and were happy to see that the Court of Appeal sided with them.

Considering there is $9.6 million on the line, Ivey will most certainly not give up easily, but he might be forced to if the Supreme Court decides the Court of Appeal’s decision holds merit and there are no grounds to pursue this matter further.

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Ivan Potocki
Ivan Potocki
Assistant Editor and Columnist at Beat The Fish
Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016 Ivan has made an immediate impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. You can reach Ivan directly at ivanpotocki@gmail.com

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