Judge Says Ivey Cheated, Colman Pockets Another $1m
Phil Ivey's reputation took a serious blow on Wednesday when England's High Court ruled he cheated while running up over $12 million while "edge sorting" at London's Crockfords Casino in 2012.
Meanwhile, and also in London, Daniel Colman continued his epic year by winning the WPT Alpha8 event for just under $1m.
Phil Ivey Loses Crockfords Edge Sorting Case, Won't Be Paid $12m
The highly publicized case between London's Crockfords Casino and Phil Ivey concluded on Wednesday with High Court Judge John Mitting declaring that Ivey "gave himself an advantage which the game precludes."
According to his interpretation of British Civil Law, Mitting says, Ivey therefore cheated to win over $12 million at Punto Banco in 2012.
Ivey had detected flaws in the cards used by several casinos and used those flaws run up over $12 million in winnings. Crockfords detected that something was amiss and refused to pay his winnings.
Ivey skipped the 2014 WSOP Asia Pacific to defend the case, declaring that he was not disposed to cheat. He rather argued that edge sorting was a legitimate strategy and part of his being an advantage player.
During his session Ivey and an associate manipulated how the croupier dealt cards in order to maximize his advantage. Judge Mitting ruled that Ivey used the croupier as a tool in his scheme and ruled that Ivey's action constituted cheating under common law.
Ivey is also facing legal action from New Jersey's Borgata casino. Ivey won over $9.6 million from the casino over several months in 2012. The casino is suing to have Ivey repay his winnings, claiming that Ivey used a similar scheme that he used at Crockfords.
Colman Wins WPT Alpha8 London, Passes $22m for 2014
Daniel Colman continues to dominate in high-stakes events in 2014. On Wednesday he took down the WPT Alpha8 London for $957,396. This was Colman's fourth win of the year and his sixth score of $750,000 or greater.
The event drew a field 17 players with 23 total entries. Just four places were paid with Max Altergott, Talal Shakerchi and Isaac Haxton rounding out the top four.
This win moved Colman over $22.5 million in lifetime earnings. He's earned $22 million in 2014 alone, considered by many to be the greatest single year ever by a tournament poker player.