Ivey Gets One More Appeal, Elias Bags WPT Title #3
At last report it seemed the casino would finally win its case to withhold the money but a new decision by the UK Supreme Court will give Ivey one final shot to get the casino to pay up.
Meanwhile, Darren Elias has joined elite company by winning his third career World Poker Tour title.
Ivey Gets One More Shot at $8 Million in UK Appeal
Earlier this week Phil Ivey and his team of lawyers revealed that they've been given permission to appeal their case against Crockfords Casino in London.
Ivey won over $8 million USD playing Punto Banco in 2012 but Crockfords refused to pay out because they accused Ivey of cheating.
Ivey took the casino to court but ultimately lost despite the judge determining that Ivey had not acted dishonestly by "edge sorting" - noticing small defects in the cards and using the information to alter his bets when more favorable cards were coming.
The case then moved on to the High Court of Appeal and this past November they upheld the lower court ruling but also agreed with the court that Ivey had not been dishonest in his dealings.
Now Ivey gets one final chance to get Crockfords to pay up as the UK Supreme Court will hear the case. Normally the court doesn't hear an appeal unless it is of public interest and Ivey is hopeful that he can win this time around.
Ivey and his team released a press release, stating, "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."
If Ivey is successful in winning the case he will receive over $8.2 million USD from the casino. Ivey is also looking to appeal a similar case in Atlantic City where the Borgata sued him to recoup his winnings in Baccarat in 2012.
Ivey lost that case as well but is seeking to appeal the decision. He's presently on the hook for $10.1 million in that case as Borgata paid him.
Elias Ties Mark for Most WPT Victories
Before this past Saturday, only four players in history had won three World Poker Tour titles. That elite group now has a new member as Darren Elias took down the Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event to tie the record for most WPT titles.
The event drew a solid field of $489 players to create a prize pool of just over $1.7 million and $335k going to first place.
Elias was about middle of the pack in chips when play started on the final day but by the time the final table was reached, he had climbed to third in chips. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristin Bicknell just missed the final table, finishing in 7th.
The final table of this event was highlighted by 2014 EPT London champ Andrew Chen and German pro Manig Loeser but they both failed to make it heads-up. By the time Elias reached heads-up play with David Eldridge he had taken the chip lead and the battle lasted a mere three hands.
Elias took the majority of Eldridge's chips on the very first hand of play and then got the rest when his J-6 outran Eldridge's 10-9.
This victory moved Elias into a five-way tie for most WPT titles all-time. The other four members of this elite club are Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno and Chino Rheem.
Elias won his first two WPT titles in 2014 when he won the Borgata Poker Open and the WPT Caribbean back-to-back.