Originally written May 15, 2013 on In The Neutral Zone:
.ytn1{position:absolute;clip:rect(456px,auto,auto,445px);}SMALL payday loans VERY CHEAP (Source) - What’s the best way to win a game of chance? Turn it into a game of certainty. That, a British casino is charging, is exactly what world-renowned poker player Phil Ivey did in winning £7.6 million — about $11.9 million — in one spectacular run of punto banco, a baccarat game. Crockfords is charging that Ivey observed tiny flaws in the game’s cards, and used that knowledge to give the house a severe thrashing. As a result, the casino is refusing to pay, and Ivey has filed suit to receive his withheld winnings. Basically speaking, the idea in punto banco is for the player to draw two or three cards with a sum total closer to nine than the dealer. At the game last August played at Crockfords’ casino in Mayfair, London, Ivey and an unidentified woman were playing alone against the dealer, in full view of 10 casino cameras. Ivey started his betting at £50,000 (about $77,000) per hand, and later raised that, with the casino’s blessing, to £150,000 (about $230,000) per hand. As in blackjack, punto banco hands can be over in less than a minute. It’s a game that’s supposed to be entirely based on the luck of the draw. Over the course of three nights, Ivey and his companion dipped as low as £500,000 ($770,000) in the red, but ended up with a substantial sum. The casino’s theory: that Ivey had spotted tiny imperfections in the cards’ designs, and used that knowledge to help identify when certain cards would be on the table, even when face-down.     Sounds to me like the Crockfords is a little pissed off that Phil Ivey went from $770,000 in the hole to walking away with a cool $12 mil.  Maybe he did notice a defect in the cards.  Who knows.  Is that against the rules?  I feel like if you’re gambling you look for any advantage you can get.  Poor card design would be one.  I used to do that on the regular when playing Asshole at my buddy’s house. The 2′s and red 3′s would regularly get bent or ripped so you always knew who had them, especially when the game came down to the end.  It was a clear give away to how well someone’s hand was. We didn’t bicker about it.  If you don’t want gamblers catching on to your ****** ass cards then don’t buy and use ****** ass cards.  That’s the casino’s fault.  Also, I’d hate to think he noticed a difference in every single card so he always knew what was coming up next.  He might be a professional gambler, but he’s not some kind of clairvoyant.  Pay the man, Crockfords.  I’m sure you can afford.
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