Richard Spearman QC is acting for Phil Ivey, who has been described as “arguably the best poker player in the world”, in his claim for over £7.7m derived from playing Punto Banco, a form of Baccarat, at Crockfords Club in Mayfair over two days in August 2012. It is common ground that Phil Ivey used a technique known as “edge-sorting”. The central issue in the case is whether this is a legitimate form of “advantage play”, as Phil Ivey contends, or whether, as Crockfords contends, it constitutes cheating. The trial began before Mitting J on 2 October and is due to last a week.
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