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Texas Hold em Champ: Casino Used Booze, Flirtatious Waitresses in Skimpy Dresses To Gain Advantage Over Gamblers

August 28, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Texas Hold em Champ: Casino Used Booze, Flirtatious Waitresses in Skimpy Dresses To Gain Advantage Over Gamblers

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Professional champion Texas Hold’em poker player Phil Ivey, who was accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair advantage at cards, claims the casino uses flirtatious waitresses in skimpy dresses as an edge over gamblers.

Ivey asserted the claims as an unorthodox defense after he and a partner was accused by the Borgata Hotel and casino in Atlantic City cheated while playing baccarat. Now Both sides are suing each other over his massive winnings.

The Borgata claims Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards. The casino says the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations.

But Ivey asserts his win was simply the result of skill and good observation.

In a court filing this week, Ivey turns on its head the Borgata’s assertion that he and the associate sought an unfair advantage at the card tables. Ivey said the Borgata does the same thing by ‘plying him with free alcohol served by only the most curvaceous and voluptuous females in the industry.’

The casino did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

The court filing quotes from a deposition in which Ivey recounted the attention Borgata employees lavished on him while he was betting $50,000 to $100,000 a hand.

‘It distracts you from your playing,’ Ivey said. ‘I mean, anything they can do to give themselves an advantage. Everyone knows that alcohol impairs your judgment, and they offer that, 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 latest filing came as Ivey’s lawyers seek to take a sworn statement from the casino’s food and beverage manager about its cocktail servers, which it calls ‘Borgata Babes.’ They wear tight-fitting bustiers, short skirts and heels, and are featured in an annual calendar that the casino sells.

Ivey’s lawyers say that in refusing to make the manager available for a deposition, the Borgata is seeking to conceal ‘evidence of its own institutional methods to disadvantage high rollers’ like Ivey.

The Borgata claims the cards used in the games were defective in that the pattern on the back was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata says some of them were only half-diamonds or quarters. Ivey has said he simply noticed things that anyone playing the game could have observed and bet accordingly.

Ivey lost a similar lawsuit last year in Britain’s High Court by the Malaysia-based Genting Group, a major casino operator. The court agreed that the casino didn’t have to pay Ivey $12.4 million he had won through edge sorting. He denied any misconduct and said in a statement after the ruling that he believes his strategy to exploit the casino’s ‘failures to take proper steps to protect themselves against a player of my ability’ was a ‘legitimate strategy.’

Ivey has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets. He compares himself on his website to Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Muhammad Ali.



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