Punto Banco Scandal at Genting Casino

genting casinoLondon casino Genting makes the headlines again after being hit by another Punto Banco scandal. The Scottish Sun has claimed that the Genting Casino in Glasgow has initiated an internal inquiry in relation to a suspected Punto Banco sting that has cost the casino approximately £200,000.

Punto Banco Scandal

Allegedly, the money was won illegally by a group of people playing Punto Banco over a four-month long period. A spokesperson at Genting released a statement to confirm that an internal investigation would be ongoing. Genting have also said that they will be getting underway with the criminal proceedings under Section 42 of the Gambling Act if they find evidence of foul play.

Phil Ivey is a poker player known for his brushes with the law over his use of ‘edge sorting’ tactics in both Baccarat and Punto Banco. It was reported that Ivey won over £7.7million playing Punto Banco in Genting Crockfords casino (Mayfair) in 2012.

Phil Ivey’s case

In July this year, poker player Ivey went head to head with Genting in a legal battle over his £7.7m winnings. He won a game of Punto Banco and was told that the money would be wired to him – but it never arrived. However, his stake money of £1m was returned. He took the casino to the Supreme Court and challenged a 2016 majority decision which saw his case against Genting casinos dismissed.

Genting owns more than 40 casinos in the UK and said that Ivey’s ‘edge-sorting’ technique involves identifying small differences in the pattern on the reverse of playing cards and exploiting that information to increase the chances of winning. Genting said that this was not a legitimate strategy and that they had no liability to him.

In the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice Arden said that the Gambling Act 2005 provided that “a party may cheat within the meaning of this section without dishonesty or intention to deceive: depending on the circumstances it may be enough that he simply interferes with the process of the game”. She went on to say that “on that basis, the fact that the appellant did not regard himself as cheating is not determinative.”

It is important to note that at no point did Ivey touch any of the cards during his game in 2012. However, he did persuade the croupier to rotate the most valuable cards and said that he was superstitious. Lady Justice Arden went on to say that “It is for the court to determine whether the interference was of such a quality as to constitute cheating. In my judgment it had that quality”

Ivey responded and said that “I was upset as I had played an honest game and won fairly. My integrity is infinitely more important to me than a big win.” He went on to say that “the original judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of two to none. I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what i genuinely believe is right. I am hopeful that it will reverse the decision against me and that i will finally receive my winnings which consider to be the just and proper outcome to this dispute.”

Genting Casino is hit with yet another Punto Banco scandal. An internal investigation is underway and a spokesperson has said that they will be moving ahead with criminal proceedings.

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