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Borgata says legendary poker player won $9.6M by cheating

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Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch) Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - An Atlantic City casino is suing a famous gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme. The Borgata filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr who calls himself the greatest gambler of all time.  He also is nicknamed "the Tiger Woods of Poker."

The suit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange so-called "good cards" that gave him an unfair advantage in Baccarat.

The numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 are considered good cards. Bad cards would be flipped in different directions, so that after several hands of cards, the good ones were arranged in a certain manner -- with the irregular side of the card facing in a specific direction -- that Ivey could spot when they came out of the dealer chute.

The casino claims the technique, called "edge sorting," violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations.

Ivey has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker Tour Title.  He claims to have developed his poker skills by playing agaisnt co-workers at a New Brunswick, N.J. telemarketing firm in the late 1990s.

Messages left with a lawyer who previously represented Ivey were not immediately returned Friday.

A lawsuit filed in Britain's High Court by the Malaysia-based Genting Group, a major casino operator, makes a similar claim against Ivey. It alleges Ivey and an accomplice amassed almost $12 million by cheating at baccarat. In that case, Ivey has denied any misconduct and is counter-suing the casino that withheld the money he won there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report
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