It has been some time since any new developments have emerged in Borgata’s lawsuit accusing Phil Ivey of cheating the casino out of nearly $10 million. That lawsuit mentions that Ivey and his partner, Cheng Yin Sun, used a technique known as edge sorting to give them an unnatural advantage in the game.
According to recent information published by The Day Connecticut, Sun, together with Long Mei Fang and Zong Yang, have filed a case against Foxwoods Resort Casino, claiming that the casino owes them more than $1.1 million that they won playing mini baccarat in 2011, as well as $1.6 million that they deposited with the casino as collateral.
In total, the plaintiffs are requesting more than $3 million in damages. That sum includes $100,000 per plaintiff for violation of their civil rights, as well as punitive damages and interest. The trio admit to having employed edge sorting practices when they played in December of 2011, but they also claim that such a technique is not illegal in Connecticut.
Basically, edge-sorting is possible because some brands of playing cards are not cut symmetrically across their backs and some players are gifted with eyesight keen enough to tell the difference,” the lawsuit stated. The Day Connecticut
As explained in previous articles regarding the lawsuits involving Ivey, players aware of small imperfections on the back of playing cards can use such knowledge to their advantage and gain a mathematical edge in a game in which the casino has the upper hand.
The Asian plaintiffs claim that they were not trying to disguise the fact that they were edge sorting, as they openly asked the dealers to turn certain cards around. The trio stated that if Foxwoods was aware of this, the casino was committing fraud due to the intent of keeping any money that the players might have won.
The Mashantucket gaming commission’s Inspection Division ruled against the three in February 2012 and doled out a warning that a return to the Foxwoods would result in arrest. Now, represented by Sebastian DeSantis, a new lawsuit has been filed.