Phil Ivey Loses Lawsuit

Ivey and his accomplice

Poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion must return more than $10 million they won from an Atlantic City casino while playing cards that were arranged in a certain way to give the players an edge.

The Borgata claimed the cards used in the games were defective in that the pattern on the back was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata said some of them were only half-diamonds or quarters. Ivey has said he simply noticed things that anyone playing the game could have observed and bet accordingly.

Even when you win, you still lose. Poker genius Phil Ivey noticed that the backs of the cards weren’t exactly alike during a game of baccarat. Here is how you can win if you notice the 9.


I find this ruling to be a disappointment to all human beings. A guy notices that the casino is making a mistake with their decks, he wins 10 million dollars, and the casino gets to keep the money for their negligence. What am I missing here? The only true winners are the lawyers who I’m sure were paid handsomely.