Phil Ivey, a professional US poker player, has been granted permission to appeal the 2014 High Court ruling, in favour of Genting Casinos, for payment of £7.8m won playing Baccarat in Crockfords.
The casino had refused to pay out after claiming that Ivey, one of the most heralded poker players in the world, ‘read the backs of the cards’ to win the money in August 2012.
The appeal is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 10:00.
The Court of Appeal judge, Lord Justice Lewison, when granting Ivey permission to appeal, stated that his grounds of appeal ‘raise an important question of law and have a real prospect of success’.
Phil Ivey, who at 40 is the youngest player to hold 10 World Series of Poker Championship bracelets, said from his home in Las Vegas:
“As I said at the time of the London verdict in October 2014, it is not in my nature to cheat which is why I was so bitterly disappointed by the judge’s decision, even though he said that I was a truthful witness and that he was sure that I didn’t believe that what I was doing was cheating.
“This wording from the Court of Appeal, that the grounds of our appeal raise an important question of law and have real prospects of success, is quite simply the best news I’ve had since I won the £7.8m at Crockfords three and a half years ago in August 2012.”