Poker superstar Phil Ivey has been in the news more often than not as of late concerning legal battles between Ivey and two prominent casinos that believe Ivey has cheated them out of millions. Ivey used a baccarat technique called "edge-sorting" to win the millions and he is going to defend his reputation in a 60 Minutes Sports interview. Ivey will be on the air with James Brown in an interview that is expected to air on October 7th.
On Tuesday a teaser was released by CBS News — filmed during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas — where Brown and his film crew spend time with Ivey around Las Vegas.
A discussion about the lawsuits and Ivey's stance that he is innocent because what he did isn't considered cheating is on the table when Brown sits down with Ivey.
Crockfords Casino was under fire in a lawsuit filed by Ivey in May of 2013 when he won £7.8 million (about $12 million) playing Punto Banco (a form of baccarat) — Crockfords refuses to pay. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City fired a shot at Ivey with a lawsuit for $9.6 million less than a year after the Crockfords Casino incident. The Borgata lawsuit is wrapped around four separate sessions at the Baccarat table.
Ivey had a companion, Cheng Yin Sun, who is considered to be his accomplice in the "edge-sorting" lawsuits. Edge-sorting is a technique where the knowledgeable player can spot tiny variations in the pattern printed on the backs of the cards. Sun was named in the lawsuits with Ivey but has filed a lawsuit of her own against Foxwoods.
The 60 Minutes Sports teaser follows:
The interview is set to air on 60 Minutes Sports which airs on Showtime every Tuesday at 10:00 PM.