This story has unfolded in one of the oldest UK casinos, Crockfords, where Mr. Phil Ivey, one of the best poker players in the world, earned $ 11 million title. That money he never saw.
Perhaps, only a few of us can afford a luxury of transferring one million pounds to a casino, sit down at the baccarat or poker table, and start with a modest bet of 50,000 pounds. Not so many of us can afford a luxury of playing casino games at such places as Crkockfords Casino. But so did Phil Ivey, a noble and highly respected man. Naturally, he was seated in a separate VIP room with his own manager and dealer. There, in a company of a beautiful young lady, a poker champion was playing Mini Baccarat and other casino games for a couple of nights in a row. He spent about 7 hours in Crockfords Casino. During this time, he managed to increase his initial deposit up to 7.3 million pounds (which is 11.5 million USD). The very first evening was quite unfortunate for him. He lost almost 500,000 pounds on that evening. But he managed to return all his money on the next day. The casino allowed him to increase his limits by 150.000 pounds. And in a couple of hours or so, he returned all his money and won even more than he had lost.
After Mr. Phil Ivey had left the Crockfords Casino and after he had been promised to get his winning in just two days, the scrutiny began. All employees who were in contact with the couple were questioned. The dealer had sworn on the cross that Mr. Ivey had never touched the cards at all. But that is not necessary in mini baccarat, because everything is done by the dealer, not by the player. Video cameras did not show anything either. Everything one could see on those cameras was Mr. Ivey sitting and playing casino games for several hours. To make a long story short, there was nothing on those cameras to complain about. But no one wants to pay out such a big win. So far, only one 1 million pounds were returned to Mr. Ivey by the Crockfords Casino. And this is the exact amount of his initial deposit. Hence, it is unclear what to expect next. It is obvious that the Casino cannot sue Mr. Ivey for playing casino games. But it is also obvious that the company is not planning to return the money.
By the way, this story is not something new for Mr. Phil Ivey. Not so long ago, he won $ 15.7 million while playing casino games in Las Vegas. He often plays big, so this is not something uncommon for him. And it is not that difficult to win at baccarat if you make big bets. In this card game, casino does not have almost any advantage (only 1%), and a series of successful bets is not uncommon. Therefore, there is no doubt that Mr. Ivey really won that money. ?>Share on: