Weekly Poker Roundup: September 4, 2018
Judge Orders Ivey to Repay Borgata in Edge Sorting Case
A couple weeks ago, we talked about Phil Ivey’s continuing saga with the Borgata and the fallout from his edge-sorting exploits. In that update, Ivey’s legal team said that he would need to delay the $10 million in winnings that he was ordered to return to the casino because doing so would have a “devastating impact” on his ability to play poker for a living. The Borgata countered, pointing out how much he spent on buy-ins at the WSOP and elsewhere recently, saying that he has plenty of ability to pay for poker.
Now, a District Court judge has ruled in favor of the Borgata, saying that Ivey and his cohort, Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, “have provided no proof to show how the ‘purely economic injury, compensable in money’ would threaten the existence of their business.”
Judge Noel Hillman has ordered Ivey to return the $10 million ($10.130 million, more exactly) immediately, though Ivey and his lawyers can still decide to file an appeal.
WPT, PartyPoker Join Forces Again
The World Poker Tour and partypoker have partnered in the past, with partypoker’s branding being tacked onto several WPT events. The two companies have now announced a further partnership which will see partypoker LIVE hosting up to seven events at WPT tour stops in Europe and Canada. The pact is for four years.
The first partypoker LIVE/WPT event in the deal will be next month at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal during the WPT Montreal tour stop. Future locations will also include Sochi, Russia and the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in the UK. Those two, along with the Playground Poker Club, were also partypoker.net sites on the World Poker Tour. Other venues will be announced later.
“I’m so pleased to announce our new partnership with the World Poker Tour,” said partypoker LIVE President John Duthie in a press release. “The WPT has always aimed to put the players first, and that is a mission we strongly adhere to with our partypoker LIVE events. Collaborating with the WPT on these additional events across Canada and Europe will allow us to continue to provide players with the tournaments they want across the globe.”
Poker Player Suing Caesars for 2017 WSOP Disqualification
Poker player Joseph Stiers is suing Caesars Entertainment for being disqualified from the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event and not having his buy-in refunded. He wants “equitable and injunctive relief” as well as punitive damages for what he believes is the destruction of his poker career.
In late 2014, Stiers was kicked out of Harrah’s Baltimore, saying that no explanation was given to him. He returned to the casino on several other occasions, getting removed a couple more times. On one of those visits, Stiers says one staffer tried to physically push him out of the poker room, resulting in Siters falling down. After the third time he was escorted out of the casino, he was told he was banned from all Caesars properties.
Nevertheless, Stiers entered the WSOP in both 2016 and 2017, using different variations of his name to try to avoid detection. In 2016, he cashed in three events, including the Main Event. In 2017, he was one of the chip leaders after Day 2 and had 630,000 chips on Day 3, which he said put him in top nine, when he was caught during a break and removed from the Rio. His chips were removed from the tournament, but his buy-in stayed in the prize pool.
Despite saying he doesn’t know why he was banned, he had indicated in the past that it may have been for being suspected of counting cards.
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