Phil Ivey's £7.8m Appeal Against Crockford's to be Heard This Week

Almost four years after Phil Ivey was refused the £7.8m he had made at the punto-banco tables of Crockford's Casino in London, he will finally get his chance to appeal 2014's court decision which ruled in favour of the Casino in his infamous "edge-sorting" case.

As has been well documented, Ivey and his partner at the tables Cheung Yin Sun, used a technique known as edge-sorting (identifying cards from slight imperfetions on the pattern of the front) to gain an advantage over the house. As a result, Crockfords refused to pay Ivey his winnings, just returning his initial £1m stake. Ivey then contested this in court, claiming that what he had done was not cheating as neither he nor his partner had in any way interfered or even touched the cards, and that the casino had been more than happy to acquiesce to all of Ivey's requests throughout his time at tables.

The result was a kick in the teeth for Ivey as the Judge ruled in favour of the casino, despite Judge John Mitting acknowledging that Ivey had been a truthful witness in so far as he genuinely believed his actions did not constitue cheating.

However, as we reported last year, Ivey was granted an appeal against the decision after a judge ruled that his case "raises an important question of law", further citing that the appeal had "a real prospect of success".

In a statement issued by Ivey he said, “This wording from the Court of Appeal, that the grounds of our appeal raise an important question of law and have real prospects of success is quite simply the best news I’ve had since I won the £7.8m at Crockfords in August 2012"

The appeal is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in London.


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