Ivey Admits Reading Cards in Crockfords Casino

10/21/2013
By Tommie ClarkGoogle
Phil Ivey has stunningly brought out into the open the fact that on that night he did read the cards to get an advantage over the house. Crockfords use a design of cards known as full bleed, which most casinos avoid because they are known to be susceptible to printing errors as well as flaws that occur in the cut of the cards that lead to reasons pertaining to this very court case.

The casino withheld payment and only gave Ivey back the cash he had already withdrawn at the beginning of the night. They then gave Ivey a slip in receipt of his winnings and after that Ivey heard nothing more from the casino hence the ensuing court case.

From the casinos point of view Ivey was accompanied by a female companion who is known for being able identify cards with imperfections. She allegedly requested a new pack of cards after each hand was played until there was a pack they claimed was lucky. The strategy behind this is said to be in fact a search for a pack that contained cards with the imperfections mentioned above. Once the perfect pack was found she then asked the dealer to turn the pack asymmetrically once again using the excuse that this was for luck, but in fact this is a strategy to make the imperfections more visible known as edge sorting. It appears that Ivey has in fact confirmed that this is exactly what happened in his pre-court papers.



His companion known as Kelly identified what were key cards to help them both spot cards that would help. She would inform the dealer that it was a good card and request the card be rotated so it was turned in order to sit in the opposite direction to the rest of the cards in the deck. The long edges on the key card would then be easy to tell apart from the others. This continued with particular cards in the deck until there were several cards in the deck like this.
 
In the initial betting sessions Ivey was wagering as much as £50,000 a hand. After that he asked for the table maximum to be raised to which the Crockfords floor person in charge of this procedure made enquires and accepted Ivey’s request. In the end Ivey was betting £150,000 a play.

Ivey is saying yes he did use the cards to get an edge, but that is the casino’s problem and not his. He went in there to gamble and the fact that the cards were imperfect and obviously helped him means he did not cheat. In effect he is saying it was the casino that gave him the edge in the game. He admits that he is an advantage player by using any legal means at his disposal to gain an edge in the game he is playing. If the casino is not checking the cards, that is entirely their fault and thus they should pay out the winnings withheld.

If you want to know more about this story and the game of Punto Blanco check out 2 previous Latest casino bonus news reports on this case back in August when it first came to light at http://www.casinobonusreviews.com/casino-news/phil-ivey-files-a-lawsuit-against-crockfords-casino-446/ and http://www.casinobonusreviews.com/casino-news/phil-ivey-7-8-million-win-playing-punto-blanco-430/
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