Was Phil Ivey Really Cheating at Punto Blanco

11/06/2015
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
Of course with a profile like Phil Ivey’s there are bound to be plenty of sympathisers. The real question out there right now is whether or not Phil Ivey deserves to be paid and all this can be tracked back to the old argument of card counting. At least that’s what Phil Ivey’s lawyers will be trying to argue for the future.

Even though the Ivey Crockfords casino argument seems dead and buried, there is still some debate as to whether the way in which he won the money was fair or not

Card counting is in fact totally legal and is just a player using his mathematical genius to beat Blackjack. Something the casinos do not take well to, and as private entities have said it is not legal. The players do not manipulate the cards, and they do not use any trickery to gain an edge over the house. It is simple plain mathematics that casinos will not accept. In fact, if you actually look at the rules of Blackjack, it is the casinos that cheat by using tactics to throw card counter off track.

In the case of Phil Ivey and Crockfords casino in Mayfair and other US based casinos, Ivery used trickery by making what are arguably fair requests from the dealer to gain an edge

This is quite a tricky subject because Ivey knew there were imperfections on the cards. He made requests from the dealer in order to make sure he knew where certain cards would be in the deck so he could change his betting patterns according to the next card. Some of these request were to turn the pack, not shuffle the cards and to play with the same deck the next day because it was lucky.

There was no mathematical genius involved here, but a form of trickery that gave Ivey the edge, and so this could well be deemed as cheating

 At the end of the day, the casino rules do state that they have the right to withhold pay-outs if they suspect foul play. Card counting in the casino rules these days is foul play (seems unfair because there is no trickery). Even more so, any manipulation of the dealer or the cards is also forbidden, and so the final conclusion has to be that Ivey may not have exactly cheated, but he did us manipulation to win.

Manipulation of the game of Baccarat (aka Punto Blanco) seems to be the general consensus and as such it seems Ivey may not get paid

Although, Crockfords did pay Ivey back his initial investment said to be in the region of £1 million. In many cases the casino will not pay the cash back, but as Ivey has such a high profile name, they probably though it best to at least pay this back, and there may have been a behind the scenes deal too!
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