AtlanticCity’sBorgataCasinohasmovedtosettletheremainingportionofitsclaimagainstcardmanufacturerGemacoinahigh-profilecaseinvolvingthegamblingvenueandpopularpokerproPhilIvey。

LegalnewsoutletLaw360reportedthataccordingtoaFridayletterfiledinaNewJerseyfederalcourtbytheBorgata,thecasinoandGemacohavebegun“discussingaresolution”oftheirdispute。

Thetwopartiesrequested60daystonegotiatethetermsofapotentialsettlement。

TheletterwasfiledbytheBorgata’slegalteam,butitstatedthatGemacoattorneysconcurredwiththesettlementrequest。

TheletterwasfileddaysafteraUSDistrictJudgepartiallygrantedthecardmanufacturerasummaryjudgmentmotion,concludingthatGemacowasnottoblamefortheedge-sortingschemedeployedbyIveyandhiscompanionplayerCheungYinSunattheBorgata。

ThetwoplayersarealsosuedbytheAtlanticCitycasino。

In2012,IveyandSunmadeseveralvisitstotheBorgatatoplaybaccaratatthevenue。

Thetwoplayersrequestedaprivatepit,aMandarin-speakingdealer,anddecksofpurpleGemacocards。

Theyeventuallywon$9。

6millionovereightplayingsessions。

TheBorgatalaterondiscoveredthatthetwoplayersrequestednamelypurpleGemacocardsbecausethesehadtinydiscrepanciesontheirbacks。

Inotherwords,IveyandSunexploitedthedifferencesonthecards’backstogainadvantageoverthecasino。

Thetechniquetheyusedisknowninthecasinogamblingfieldasedge-sorting。

TheBorgatafiledalawsuitagainstthetwoplayers,seekingtorecoupthemoneyithadtopayouttoIveyandhiscompanionplayerplusdamages。

Thecasinolaterondecidedtosuethecardmanufacturer,aswell,blamingitformakingitpossibleforplayerstoexploitproductdefects。

LatestRuling

Inhislatestruling,presidingJudgeNoelHillmanstatedthatIveyandSunweretoblamefordeployingthecontroversialplayingtechnique,thusdenyingtheBorgata’smotionforsummaryjudgmentandpartiallygrantingGemaco’scross-motion。

TheJudgefurtherruledthatthecardmanufacturerwas“notliableforanytortclaims”madebytheAtlanticCitycasino。

However,hepointedoutinhislatestrulingthatitmightbeprematuretograntGemacoasummaryjudgmentonthecasino’sclaimthatthecardmanufacturerbreachedtheexpresswarrantythatitscardsshouldbefitforuseandcompliantwiththeNewJerseyCasinoControlAct。

ItwillthusbeuptotheBorgataandGemacotonegotiateandsettletheissue。

Iftheyfailtoreachanaccord,theycouldseektoresolvethedisputeincourt。

EventhoughtheBorgatawasdeniedsummaryjudgmentonmostofitsclaims,itshouldbenotedthatthelatestrulingmightnotbethatbadnewsforthecasinoinitsnowfour-yearlongbattletoregainthemoneyitpaidouttothetwoplayers。

Asmentionedabove,JudgeHillmansaidthatIveyandSunweretoblamefortheuseoftheedge-sortingtechnique。

Thejudgeruledagainstthetwoplayersinthefallof2016,pointingoutthattheuseofthecontroversialtechniquebreachedtheplayer-casinocontractbetweenplayersandNewJerseycasinos。

Ivey’slegalteamalsofiledamotionforsummaryjudgmentsothatitisabletoappealthatruling。

However,anappealcanbefiledonlyaftertheBorgataandGemacoresolvetheirlegaldispute。