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Can you say Countersuit?
Phil Ivey countersues the Borgata Hotel & Casino over the controversial $9.6 million ‘edge sorting’ case,suggesting the casino committed fraud against them because they destroyed the playing cards/evidence in question. Below is a statement form Ivey’s legal team:
(NOTE: Everything centres on faulty playing cards.)
“Plaintiff’s complaint is barred because of the plaintiff’s own spoliation of evidence, specifically plaintiff’s failure to preserve, sequester or in any other way produce the actual playing cards used in the course of the defendants’ play, thereby irretrievably prejudicing defendants’ ability to secure judgment, and otherwise constituting suppression of evidence that would result in the entry of judgment on behalf of the defendants…Plaintiff intentionally destroyed each and every card and deck of cards it produced for play to defendants Ivey and Sun for that entire five month period preceding defendants’ final play at the Borgata in October of 2012.”
“In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”
– Ace Rothstein, Casino
“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
– Ace Rothstein: (voice-over), Casino
At the movies…
A collection of great poker and gambling films.
“I hadn’t been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word the bookmakers were offering 3-to-1 that Frank wouldn’t show for my wedding.”
– Sammy Davis Jr.
“Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.”
– Steve Wynn
You can lead a horse to water but a donkey will follow you all the way to the river.
“Every time I go to Vegas, I seem to incur some kind of fine.”
– Artie Lange
In a bet there is a fool and a thief.
“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.”
– Norman Mailer
“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.”
– Steven Wright
Hockey in Vegas?
“I just don’t see it not happening. We have a solid owner, an arena and we sold 13,000 season tickets. Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”
– Daniel Negreanu, on Las Vegas getting an NHL team.
Freeroller to High Roller
“I started playing poker seriously during my sophomore year of college in 2005. I had played some $5 home games in high school and stuff before that, but it was mainly an excuse to drink in our basements. I had kind of forgotten about poker, to be honest, but my little brother was really into it. He’s five years younger than me, and one day when I came back to visit from college, he was in the play money games on PokerStars. I thought it looked fun, so I started playing too. Then I found out about all of the freerolls they had on some of the other sites, won one of them, and all of a sudden I had a $100 bankroll. It was pretty much a standard poker boom story. I read some strategy books, got better and started building up my bankroll. I never had to make a deposit and I never went broke. By the time I had reached my senior year I was doing really well. During the last week of my finals, I had won over six figures.”
– Amit Makhija
Poker Hall of Fame
What’s the Criteria for Entry?
Inductees must be at least 40 years old and must have “played poker against acknowledged top competition” and “for high stakes,” while playing “consistently well” and “gaining the respect of peers.” The player must have lasted in the poker world too, as another standard is that they “stood the test of time.” For those who didn’t more or less play full-time, they must have “contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”
Did you know? There are currently 48 members of the Poker Hall of Fame.
A hand with marginal strength that is not good enough to bet or raise with, but strong enough to go to showdown against an opponent’s bluffs.
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