Weekly Poker Roundup: April 2, 2018
Borgata Loses Case Against Gemaco in Phil Ivey Edge Sorting Affair
The Phil Ivey edge sorting case continued last week as U. S. District Court Judge ruled against the Borgata, one of the casinos in which Ivey and companion Cheng Yin Sun too advantage of mis-cut cards to win millions of dollars at punto banco, a baccarat variant. Ivey himself wasn’t a part of the case – he lost his a while back. This time, Judge Noel Hillman denied the Borgata its claim against the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco.
As you may recall, playing cards used in casinos have symmetrical patterns on the back, but Ivey and Sun noticed that the purple Gemaco cards used in these games at the Borgata were slightly mis-cut so as to make them asymmetrical. After asking for and being granted a number of special requests for a high stakes baccarat game, Ivey and Sun took advantage of this knowledge to essentially be able to predict which cards were coming and win tons of money.
Borgata sued Gemaco, but Gemaco, as part of its defense said that if the Borgata didn’t grant Ivey his list of requests, the edge sorting would have never happened. Judge Hillman agreed, and rather than award the Borgata $9.6 million – the amount of money Ivey won (and which the Borgata already recovered) – he awarded the casino $26, the price paid for the cards.
PokerStars Releases NJSCOOP Schedule
PokerStars announced that its New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) will run for just over two weeks, from April 14th through April 30th. As is the custom for SCOOP festivals, each of the 40 events will have a high and low buy-in version, with the low buy-in usually one-tenth the cost of the high buy-in. NJSCOOP will guarantee $1.3 million for all events combined.
The big attraction, the NJSCOOP Main Event, will be a No-Limit Hold’em affair, as one might guess. The buy-in is $500 for the high version and $50 for the low. In addition to the cash prizes, the winner of each iteration of the Main Event will receive a $30,000 Platinum Pass prize package for the PokerStars Player’s NL Hold’em Championship. Included in the package is the $25,000 buy-in for the live tournament, a six-night stay at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and even expenses.
PokerStars will be running special Spin & Go’s and freerolls to give people a chance to win NJSCOOP Main Event entries.
Golden Nugget Launches Live Casino Floor Roulette on Online Gaming Site
I don’t do this often (though I believe I did it recently), but I’m going to stray away from poker for this blurb, just because I find the story interesting. The Golden Nugget Atlantic City has launched live casino floor roulette on its online gambling site. Golden Nugget isn’t a factor in New Jersey’s online poker rivalries, but it has dominated when it comes to internet casino gaming.
This is the Golden Nugget’s tenth live dealer online gaming table, but the difference here is that the other nine games are dealt and filmed in a special studio. They are all legitimate games dealt by a live dealer and streamed online, but they are setup just for that purpose. This new offering allows online players to bet along with a real, live roulette game that is running on the Golden Nugget’s casino floor. If one of your friends is visiting the casino while you are playing online, he could play in the very same game in person and possibly wave to you on camera.
“….watching patrons at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City place bets alongside online patrons makes for an ever more authentic live casino feel,” said the casino in a press release.
And it makes total sense. While people won’t be able to place bets with the frequency that they can online, the idea is that the game will be more fun for the player sitting in front of their computer.
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