Poker pro Phil Ivey will be able to appeal a case against Crockford’s Casino in which the property refused to pay out nearly £7.8m in Baccarat winnings in 2012.
Crockford’s accused Ivey and a female accomplice of edge sorting, a method employed in detecting cards with noticeable defects.
“The Supreme Court is the UK’s highest court of appeal for civil cases and only hears cases which raise issues of general public importance,” Ivey’s spokesperson said on a statement.
“Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me,” Ivey added. “The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1. I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.
“Phil and his legal team are delighted that the Supreme Court judges have decided that the Court of Appeal’s decision should be reviewed,” said Dowd. “The Court of Appeal’s ruling left the interpretation of Section 42 of the Gambling Act totally unclear and the decision to grant permission to appeal demonstrates that the Supreme Court agrees with that view.”
Ivey has also been battling the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City after they accused him of engaging in similar activity. That property withheld $10 million in winnings.
- Ace King, Gambling911.com