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Phil Ivey counter-sues Borgata casino over edge-sorting case
Posted by Defrag, July 30
Phil Ivey and his gambling accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, have been battling against few law suits against quite a long time. It all started after Ivey took few casinos for insane amount of money using a cheating technique called "edge sorting" while playing Baccarat against casino. Ivey was sued by multiple casinos and now he is taking the action other way around: he counter sued Marina District Development Co., LLC, parent company of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

In 2012 Ivey asked Borgata to give him access to a high-stakes Baccarat game, including a private gaming area, a dealer who spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese, a permission to have his friend with him (Cheng Yin Sun), an automatic card shuffler, and an eight-deck shoe of purple Gemaco playing cards as the last condition. Borgata accepted his conditions and decided he could bet maximum $50,000 per hand - Ivey happily deposited $1mln.

Ivey then proceeded to completely destroy casino, winning $2.416mln in April and another $1.597 in May. In July Borgata allowed him to double his bet, and he won extra $4.788mln. Last round in October ended with another $825,000 score.

Turns out Ivey knew that those purple Gemaco cards were often slightly miscut, making the pattern on their backs asymmetrical, which made it possible to where the key cards of the deck would h...

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Are Spin&Go'es beatable or not?
Written by: Defrag, April 13
 
Introduction to Spin&Go tournaments(skip that if you know how they work)
When Spin&Go tournaments were introduced there was an enormous migration of recreational players from normal Sit&go tournaments to Spin&go format - it's a perfect format to attract that kind of players.
If you don't know how they work - each tournament is 3-max, winner-take-all, hyper turbo Sit&go with a random prize pool. Buy-ins range from $1 to $60, and each tournament has a randomly drawn prize pool that will award between two and 3,000 times your buy-in. The highest multiplies are obviously super rare (1 of 100,000 for the 3,000xbuy-in, even the 240x multiplier have a chance of just 5 out of 100,000).

The games are insanely fast, give a thrill of emotion through the random prize pool and that's what recreational players were looking for. Jackpot was hit by PokerStars.

The migration of fish
With the introduction of Spin&Go most of the recreatio...

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