Crockfords have accused poker player Phil Ivey of gaining an unfair advantage when he played baccarat at the club last summer.
Following on from earlier reports concerning Crockfords (Britain’s oldest casino which is owned by Malaysian gambling giant, Genting) and Ivey, further details have now emerged of why the club is adamant it won’t pay up a £7.7m payout.
The latest information to come out of the long-running court case between Mr. Ivey and the Mayfair club concerns exactly why the casino is battling a court order to stump up millions of pounds in cash. The poker star says that he’s owed £7.3m by the club, which he won playing punto banco in the summer of 2012.
However, the casino’s management disagree and say that Mr. Ivey had noticed asymmetrical designs on the backs of the playing cards which were caused by errors during cutting. They allege that he then used “superstition” to stack the cards in his favour and cheated his way into winning big payouts, placing increasingly larger wagers as he went.
Crockfords say that the scam was only scuppered when Mr. Ivey was informed that the deck was being replaced, at which point they say he left the club with his colleague.
Which side is telling the truth remains to be seen, but it’s likely that the argument won’t be over any time soon.