Phil Ivey Denied Millions From Card Game at Crockfords
Phil Ivey recently won $11.7 million in a card game at the Crockfords Casino, but he is yet to recieve the payout. Ivey was playing a Baccarat variation called Punto Banco, which is considered to be a no-skill game. Unlike poker, where the player’s skill is important, in Punto Banco the outcome is determined by the way the cards fall.
Ivey had a “remarkable” lucky streak, and won more than eleven million dollars. The only people present when Ivey’s lucky streak took place were the croupier and a casino inspector. The cards were dealt from a shoe that has since been inspected carefully to ensure it has not been tampered with.
A Crockfords casino spokesman has refused to comment on the matter so far. Lawyers on both sides of the issue are reportedly preparing for a “tense stand-off”. Ivey has a good reputation in the world of poker, and is also regarded as a high roller in other aspects of his life. He regularly engages in “prop bets” away from the poker table. Most people in the poker scene are siding with Ivey so far, satisfied that he would not tamper with cards or cheat at a game of chance.
Keep checking back for updates on the dispute, and the inspection results if they are released.