Weekly Poker Roundup: October 29, 2017
Phil Ivey Loses Crockfords Edge Sorting Case in British Supreme Court
There are valid arguments on both sides of the Phil Ivey “edge sorting” case: some have no problem with his scheme to beat the casino (like me!) and some think he’s a big, fat, cheater. The British Supreme Court has weighed in and is in the latter category, ruling that Ivey cheated London’s Crockfords casino. Ivey will not receive the £7.7 million he won at the casino in 2012.
Ivey and his gambling partner, “Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun, saw that the cards used in the casino were slightly miscut, making the pattern on the back asymmetrical. Ivey made several unusual requests of Crockfords in exchange for his wagering millions of dollars, including having the dealer rotate key cards in the punto banco game 180 degrees before putting them back in the shoe. Over time, Ivey and Sun could differentiate these rotated cards from the others and therefore have advance knowledge of many important cards, therefore gaining a large edge over the casino.
In his ruling, Supreme Court Judge Anthony Hughes said that even though Ivey didn’t touch the cards, he “fixed the deck” via a “carefully planned and executed sting.” The results were the same as they would have been had Ivey rearranged the deck with his own two hands.
Poker Player Alleges Collusion on partypoker
A partypoker player has presented evidence which he believes shows that a collusion ring exists on the poker room. On Two Plus Two, a poster by the name of “FarseerFinland” explained that at the final table of a tournament, none of his six opponents called any all-ins by the others; Farseer was the only one to challenge any all-ins. After the was eliminated, he said the tournament ended very quickly, implying that his allegedly colluding opponents were just willing to end it, as their collusion target was gone.
He researched further, finding that six of the top seven players in that tournament all joined partypoker at about the same time and usually play in the same tournaments. A couple days later, he witnessed six of his suspected colluders enter the same tournament and four of them hadn’t played in any since he was at the final table with them. After watching some other tourneys, he found what he thinks are eight more colluders.
Farseer sent his evidence to partypoker, who not only opened an investigation, but also eventually informed him that the accounts had been suspended while the investigation continues.
PokerStars Expands Reach of Power Up
PokerStars launched its new Power Up game for real money on October 10th, though the roll out was limited to just the .EU domain at the time. This past week, PokerStars expanded Power Up to essentially everywhere else, launching the game on the .UK and .COM domains.
Power Up has been received was very positive reviews, as players have enjoyed the added strategy (and novelty) of using special powers to alter the texture of each hand. There were some hiccups with the initial real money launch, though. Less than two days after it kicked off on the .EU site, Power Up had to be taken down because somehow, Power Up messed up the lobby of the mobile client, which only allowed players to filter and search for Power Up games. Players who wanted to search for anything else were out of luck.
It took nearly a week to fix the problem, but on October 17th, Power Up was back up. PokerStars has also added $7 and $15 buy-in options to go along with the original $1 and $3 buy-ins.
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