When you’re really good at what you do and you know it, there’s not a lot anyone can do about it. Atlantic City’s Borgata casino apparently doesn’t know that as it’s trying to dispute the $9.6 million Phil Ivey won there in baccarat in April. Naturally, Ivey had a public response to the suit and he made the casino look silly.
“Each and every penny of defendants’ winnings was the result of sheer skill.”
That’s what Ivey’s lawyers wrote in the court paperwork, according to ABC News. In other words, Ivey is just freakin’ good at what he does and he’s letting the casino know it can’t punk him because he made bank in April.
Ivey didn’t cheat. He knows that, the casino knows that and everyone familiar with the poker world knows that. The dude is an elite player and the Atlantic City Borgata casino is simply trying to recover from a superstar coming in and cleaning it out.
What’s that street saying? “Don’t hate the player; hate the game”? Or in this case, hate the fact you let a guy like Ivey come to the table expecting him not to leave with a bundle.
It gets better, though. The lawsuit states Ivey and his “companion” told the dealer to flip the cards differently, depending on whether or not they were cards Ivey would or wouldn’t want in baccarat. Specifically, according to ABC, those cards were the numbers six, seven, eight and nine.
Again, if you have any knowledge of the poker world at all, you know Ivey is innocent and that he actually did win that cash because he’s a boss at the poker table. Apparently Atlantic City Borgata missed the memo.