The Day That Phil Ivey Won £7.8m From Crockfords Casino

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It’s August 20th and poker’s greatest star walks into Crockfords Casino in London. Phil Ivey has arrived, and is accompanied by a Chinese female companion. Arrangements have been made for £1 million to be wired to the casino in anticipation of his session.

The game will be a form of Baccarat called Punto Banco, played against the house. Over the two nights in question, things will not not go entirely to plan for the casino. During the session, Crockfords grants all of Iveys requests, including having a Chinese Speaking dealer willing to rotate cards when requested, while keeping the same deck of cards in play.

They are hoping to satisfy the whims of a player known for enjoying gambling outside of the poker table. Unfortunately for the casino, Ivey and his mysterious companion win a total of $12.1 M dollars. When they decide to pocket their winnings, Crockfords Casino refuses to pay them and accuses the pair of cheating.

Voice and Script by Craig B / Video by Bruno T.

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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