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Ivey Granted Permission to Appeal £7.8 Million Edge-Sorting Case Against Crockfords

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  • Phil Ivey has been granted permission to appeal his £7.8 Million edge-sorting case against Crockford's in London.

Last year, a High Court in London ruled in favor of the Crockford’s Casino in a £7.8 million ($12.4 million) legal dispute against Phil Ivey. Immediately after, Ivey’s lawyer, Matthew Dowd of Archerfield Partners, revealed that the poker pro would appeal Judge Justice Mitting's decision.

It's taken more than a year, but according to the Daily Mail, Ivey has been granted permission to appeal.

"This is really great news," Ivey told The Mail. "I am getting a second shot and I'm hoping we will win this time around. It is not in my nature to cheat, which is why I was so bitterly disappointed by the judge's decision a year ago, even though he said I was a truthful witness."

When you’re accused of cheating it’s a very big deal in gambling.

The legal dispute between Ivey and the casino refers to some facts that happened in August 2012, when the Genting-owned casino refused to pay Ivey the £7.8 million he won playing Punto Banco and accused him of cheating.

One year later, a London High Court ruled against Ivey as Judge Mitting determined that the 'edge sorting' technique, used to spot tiny variations in the pattern printed on the backs of the cards, constituted cheating under civil law.

The case against Crockford’s is not the only legal proceeding that Ivey engaged in regarding edge sorting.

In April 2014, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City decided to file a lawsuit against the player for $9.6 million in winnings at the Baccarat table with the accusation of having exploited manufacturing flaws in playing cards during four sessions of Baccarat at the casino in 2012 thanks to the edge sorting method.

"When you’re accused of cheating it’s a very big deal in gambling," said Ivey. "I’m not allowed in certain casinos because of what happened. But my colleagues have been tremendously supportive – they know what is cheating and what is not."

Ivey is slated to appear at the Appeal Court on December 10.

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