Phil Ivey’s WSOP Winnings Seized by Borgata in $10million Legal Battle

Phil Iveys $124,410 winnings from last months WSOP have been seized by the Borgata Casino, a court order forcing Caesars to hand over the money as part of the $10million edge-sorting judgment against the poker legend.

By: Andrew Burnett

The whole sorry saga dates back to 2012 when Ivey and an associate, Cheung Yin ‘Kelly’ Sun won close to $10million each from Crockfords in London and Atlantic City’s Borgata.

The pair used an edge-sorting technique which exploited tiny flaws in card designs, and while Crockfords refused to pay out the winnings, the Borgata did pay – and have been chasing Ivey in court ever since.

Having won every court battle, lawyers for the Borgata were recently allowed to chase Ivey’s assets and earnings in the state of Nevada.

Ivey ran deep in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (PPC) and this didn’t go unnoticed, Borgata lawyer Jeremy Klausner serving a ‘writ of execution’ on Caesars Entertainment and their Rio Casino, the WSOP venue.

Handed over to WSOP Vice President Jack Effel, it included the wording: ‘The writ attaches any assets due Mr. Ivey from Caesars/Rio/WSOP, including his payout for Event #58 (and WSOP bracelet if he is the winner)… Please ensure that Caesars/Rio/WSOP does not make any payments to Mr. Ivey in violation of the duly served writ.’

This week FlushDraw’s Haley Hintze confirmed that the $124,410 won for his 8th place finish had been handed over to the US Marshals Service

It’s now very unlikely that Ivey will be seen playing in US events any time soon, the Borgata’s legal team certain to be watching his moves very closely.

Ivey was in Rozvadov last week for the partypoker MILLIONS Europe/Triton High Rollers

…and of course he always has the option of returning to the huge cash games in Macau.


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