Borgata Contests Phil Ivey Counter-Claims
In the latest chapter of a legal battle over alleged illegal edge sorting, Atlantic City's Borgata Casino has moved to have counter-claims against them by Phil Ivey dismissed from court. In response to an August counter-claim by the American poker pro, Borgata has filed a motion to have Ivey's claims thrown out of court, which will be heard on Nov. 2.
Ivey has been at the centre of controversy for much of 2015 thanks to the legal claims against him and his co-defendant, Cheung Yin Sun, who have been accused of illegally counting cards using the edge-sorting technique in a series of games at Borgata.
Ivey had told the court, through a statement filed in August, that Borgata was trying to negatively influence his performance at the table, through the employment of attractive cocktail waitresses and the constant stream of free alcohol that Ivey claims he was offered while at work.
"Everyone knows that alcohol impairs your judgment, and they offer that," Ivey told the Washington Times when filing his counter-claim. "And they have the pretty cocktail waitresses and they're all very flirty. They're talking to you, you know. I got quite a few numbers."
The Borgata has refuted the new submission, urging the court to instead narrow the scope of the case to merely the legality or otherwise of edge sorting.
"This issue is, and has always been a simple one: is edge sorting, as specifically admitted to and practiced by Mr. Ivey and Ms. Sun, cheating or unfair play?" the casino said in a statement. "The individual playing cards do not change the answer. Complimentary drinks do not change the answer. Cocktail servers do not change the answer."
The 10-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner has always contested the notion that edge sorting is, in itself, illegal. The Borgata maintains the view that it is against New Jersey state gambling law.
Ivey's response to the Borgata case against him centers around the definition of unfair practice, and around whether the casino, and by extension casinos in general, are merely providing alcohol and promotional staff in order to entertain guests and ensure repeat business, or there is something more scurrilous at work, with the aim of unsettling professionals like Ivey. The 39-year-old is seen as arguably the greatest competitor at the poker table of all time, however there is no suggestion that the Borgata deliberately targeted only him.
The so-called 'Borgata Babes' are notorious among gamblers for their style of dress — they wear black bustiers and a smile at all times — and for the preponderance of free drinks they give to customers. Twenty-two female staff sued Borgata in 2008 for discrimination, claiming they were given frequent and unannounced weigh-ins, and could be sent home if considered too heavy. At the time, this suit was dismissed by the state courts.
In this Series
- 1 Ivey Claims He Used "Edge Sorting" in £7.8 Million Lawsuit With Crockfords
- 2 Top 10 Stories of 2013: #10, Ivey, Kagawa, Smith, and Others Face Legal Trouble
- 3 Borgata Files $9.6 Million Lawsuit Against Phil Ivey for Alleged Baccarat Cheating
- 4 Details Emerge in Borgata's Lawsuit Against Phil Ivey
- 5 Sorting Out the Law Behind Phil Ivey's Edge Sorting Debacle at Borgata
- 6 Phil Ivey Files Motion to Dismiss Borgata Lawsuit, Claims Win Was "All Skill"
- 7 Ivey's Edge-Sorting Accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, Files Lawsuit Against Foxwoods
- 8 Breaking Down the Legality of Cheung Yin Sun's Edge-Sorting Lawsuit Against Foxwoods
- 9 Phil Ivey to Discuss "Edge Sorting" Lawsuits on 60 Minutes
- 10 Phil Ivey Loses £7.7 Million "Edge Sorting" Court Battle Against Crockfords Casino
- 11 Phil Ivey Appeals Against Crockford’s Ruling
- 12 Top 10 Stories of 2014: #2, Phil Ivey Endures More Legal Drama
- 13 Judge Rules Borgata Lawsuit Against Phil Ivey Can Proceed
- 14 Phil Ivey Appears in Car Commercial for 2015 Chrysler 300
- 15 Foxwoods Survives Edge Sorting Lawsuit from Phil Ivey's "Queen of Sorts" Accomplice
- 16 Phil Ivey Files Countersuit Against Borgata Regarding $9.6M in Baccarat Winnings
- 17 Highlights from Ivey/Borgata Deposition: Booze, Pretty Cocktail Waitresses and More
- 18 Borgata Contests Phil Ivey Counter-Claims
- 19 Ivey Granted Permission to Appeal £7.8 Million Edge-Sorting Case Against Crockfords
- 20 Phil Ivey's £7.8 Million Appeal in Crockfords Case Began Yesterday
- 21 Court Opinion Split on Phil Ivey's $9.6M Baccarat Win
- 22 Phil Ivey Contests Borgata Request for His Baccarat Winnings
- 23 Court Orders Phil Ivey to Return $10.1M to Borgata
- 24 The Mysterious Year for Phil Ivey
- 25 Poker Pro Phil Ivey Will Try to Appeal Borgata $10M Ruling
- 26 UK Supreme Court Grants Phil Ivey Permission to Appeal Crockfords Case
- 27 Phil Ivey Loses £7.7M Supreme Court Appeal in London Edge Sorting Case
- 28 Top 10 Stories of 2017, #7: Phil Ivey Loses $19 Million in Court Battles
- 29 Gemaco Playing Cards Off the Hook in Borgata Ivey Edge-Sorting Debacle
- 30 Phil Ivey Looks to Delay Payment of $10.1M to Borgata