Scheinberg Shocks Poker World
PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg shocked the poker world this weekend by winning the UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller.
Meanwhile, Phil Ivey has skipped the WSOP Asia Pacific to try and recoup $12.3 million in winnings from London's Crockford casino.
PokerStars Founder Wins UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller
Back in August, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg resigned from the company as part of the sale to Amaya Inc. His resignation seemed to signal the end of his involvement in the poker world.
If you can't join them, beat them then. Scheinberg shocked the poker world on Saturday by winning the PokerStars sponsored UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller Event and $22,253.
Scheinberg's win was railed by many PokerStars employees, most ecstatic to see their former boss take down the title. James Hartigan, PokerStars TV presenter rated the victory as one of the greatest moments he has witnessed in live poker.
Former PokerStars Poker Room manager Lee Jones called his win the "most epic story" of the tournament series.
Scheinberg has a small but uneventful live poker resume. With his focus no longer on running the world's largest poker room, it appears he has taken on the challenge of becoming a world-class player.
Phil Ivey Skips WSOP Asia Pacific for Court Defense
With two events completed and two others already underway at the 2014 WSOP Asia Pacific, a name noticeably absent from the fields is 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey. We now know why.
Ivey is currently in the United Kingdom challenging the claim by London's Crockfords Casino that he cheated in Punto Banco on the way to winning $12.3 million. The casino accused him of edge-sorting and refused to pay him his winnings. It did return his original £1 million stake.
Ivey was in UK's High Court over the weekend to defend himself against the accusations. Ivey was quoted saying, "It's not in my nature to cheat and nor would I risk my reputation by acting unlawfully in any manner. As a professional gambler, my job is to seek to lawfully reverse or reduce the perceived house edge."
Few are on the side of Crockfords and feel that the casino was at fault for not keeping better track of its equipment.
This isn't the only case Ivey is facing in relation to edge sorting. Atlantic City's Borgata Casino has a similar case where it claims he used edge-sorting to rack up $9.6 million in earnings from August through October 2012. In this case, the game was mini-baccarat.
The Crockfords case could take up to a week to resolve. If the case wraps early, especially if favorably for Ivey, don't be surprised to see him change his mind and show up for the Main Event and $25,000 High Roller Event in Melbourne.