Borgata Wants $30 Million in Cross-Appeal vs Phil Ivey

The edge sorting case involving Phil Ivey and the Borgata continued as the Atlantic City casino volleyed another legal bomb against the 10-time WSOP champ last week, again attempting to have the $10 million judgment trebled to $30 million.

By: Charles Rettmuller

Borgata lawyers continue to push for enforcement of RICO violations against Ivey and and his edge sorting partner, Cheung Yin Sun. RICO is an acronym for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act that was put in place to bring the hammer down on organized crime.

Ivey is not known to be affiliated with any such criminal enterprises, unless the Poker Hall of Fame is one such organization.

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The lower court ruled that Ivey's edge sorting actions were a breach of contract but didn't buy Borgata's argument that the RICO statute should be applied due to fraud. But lawyers in general have a hard time knowing when to fold'em when it comes to filing legal briefs.

Borgata's cross-appeal asks the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to take another look at “each and every ruling adverse to [Borgata]” in the New Jersey District Court. That includes the RICO decision.

The District Court judge called Ivey's edge sorting conduct "far from admirable," but also quite a distance from fraud as well.

Look for the renewed RICO allegations against Ivey to land in the muck of the US legal system.

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