A bad beat for Phil Ivey. A new tournament schedule at PokerStars is introduced. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
Phil Ivey Loses Supreme Court Case in London
On Tuesday, Phil Ivey lost his appeal to receive £7.7 million ($10.1 million) in winnings from a Punto Banco session at the Crockfords Club in London during 2012. The UK Supreme Court upheld a previous 2016 court of appeals decision which threw out the case.
The owner of Crockfords Club – Genting Casino – maintained that Phil Ivey use of edge sorting constituted cheating. Edge sorting is the exploitation of subtle differences on the back of playing cards to identify high value cards.
In making the decision, it was determined that Ivey cheated in the court’s eyes because of his dishonesty towards the casino. Ivey, disappointed with the ruling, believes that he did nothing wrong. “It is very frustrating that the U.K. judges have no experience or understanding of casinos and advantage play, or the ongoing battle between casinos and professional gamblers attempting to level the playing field. If they had, I am very confident the result in this case would have been in my favour.”
PokerStars Changes Tournament Schedule
PokerStars has revealed a series of changes to its online poker tournament schedule, which were put into place on October 23rd. The tournament schedule was created through a joint effort between the Players Advisory Council and Poker Stars.
Among the changes include a rebranding of top tournaments (“Big” are now “Bigger and “Hot” are now “Hotter” tournaments). In addition, these tournaments and Bounty tournaments will now allow reentries. The changes also includes tweaks to the “Omania” schedule as well as high stakes tournaments, including weekly $2,100 and daily $530 High Roller events. A $530 Bounty Builder High Roller has also been added to the daily schedule.
All new tournaments in the PokerStars lobby has been highlighted with purple text for easier identification. Head on over to the PokerStars blog for full information on the changes to the tournament schedule.
– At the World Series of Poker Europe Andreas Klatt took down WSOPE Event #2 with a victory in the €550 Pot Limit Omaha for a prize of €56,400. Wednesday also saw the start of the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty Hunter. At the time of this writing, 13 players remained including Mike Leah, Jace Racener and Phil Hellmuth.
– King of the Hill III began on Wednesday evening with Brandon Adams, Dan Colman and Scott Blumstein looking to challenge title holder Olivier Busquet.
— PNIA (@PokerNightTV) October 25, 2017
Watch the action through Twitch:
– PoWerUp is now available on virtually all PokerStars platforms including PokerStars.com. With the widespread launch, Alex Weldon takes an in-depth look at the complexity of Power Up. In the first part of the series, Alex examines the subject of “reducibility.”
– Grinderschool.com classic poker training video of the day continues a look at the “Fishing Season” series. Episode 6 of 7 takes a look at playing against aggressive fish.