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Borgata Lawsuit Against Poker Pro Phil Ivey

Borgata Lawsuit Against Poker Pro Phil Ivey

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Published by Chad Holloway
Last week Borgata filed a $9.6 million lawsuit against Phil Ivey for alleged baccarat cheating. PokerNews has obtained a copy of the Civil Action complaint.
Last week Borgata filed a $9.6 million lawsuit against Phil Ivey for alleged baccarat cheating. PokerNews has obtained a copy of the Civil Action complaint.

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Published by: Chad Holloway on Apr 16, 2014
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
MARINA DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT CO., LLC d/b/a BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA,
 Plaintiff, v.
PHILLIP D. IVEY, JR., GEMACO INC., CHENG YIN SUN, and JANE DOE,
Defendants. ::::::::::: 
COMPLAINT
Civil Action No. ______
Via ECF
Plaintiff Marina District Development Co., LLC d/b/a Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (“Borgata”), through its attorneys Agostino & Associates, P.C., as and for its Complaint against Defendants Phillip D. Ivey, Jr. (“Ivey”), Gemaco Inc. (“Gemaco”), Cheng Yin Sun (“Sun”), and Jane Doe states as follows:
Parties
1.
 
Borgata is a limited liability company organized and existing pursuant to the laws of the State of New Jersey, with its principal place of business at One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey. 2.
 
At all relevant times, Borgata operated a hotel and casino duly licensed and operating under the New Jersey Casino Control Act,
 N.J.S.A. 5:12-1
 
et seq.
 (the “Act”). 3.
 
Upon information and belief, Ivey is a citizen of the United States currently residing in Mexico. 4.
 
Upon information and belief, Ivey is a professional gambler and holds himself out to be the greatest professional poker player of all time.
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5.
 
Upon information and belief, Gemaco is a corporation organized and existing pursuant to the laws of the State of Missouri, with its principal place of business at 2925 NW Highway 7, Blue Springs, Missouri. 6.
 
Gemaco is in the business of providing high quality playing cards and other gaming products to casinos, as well as the promotional products and wholesale gift industries. 7.
 
Upon information and belief, Gemaco is registered to do business in the State of New Jersey as a foreign corporation. 8.
 
Upon information and belief, Gemaco sells its playing cards to Borgata and multiple other casino licensees in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 9.
 
Upon information and belief, Sun is a resident of the State of Nevada. 10.
 
Upon information and belief, Sun is a professional gambler who has been  banned from several casinos around the world. 11.
 
Jane Doe is intended to identify the specific Gemaco employee responsible for inspecting the playing cards delivered to Borgata relevant to the facts of this case.
Jurisdiction and Venue
12.
 
Jurisdiction in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey is appropriate pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1)
 or
28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(3)
 because all parties are citizens of different states for diversity jurisdiction purposes, or all  parties are citizens of different states and subjects of a foreign state are additional parties, and the amount at issue exceeds $75,000. 2
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13.
 
Venue in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey is appropriate pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1391(b)
 because substantially all the events or omissions giving rise to the claims herein occurred in New Jersey.
Facts Common to All Counts
14.
 
Borgata operates a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
A. The Playing Cards
 15.
 
On and before April 2012, Borgata purchased all the playing cards used in its casino from Gemaco. 16.
 
The playing cards purchased from Gemaco by Borgata have a custom- designed back consisting of a dominant background color, on top of which appear edge-to-edge rows of small white circles that are designed to look like the top of a round cut diamond. The illusion of the diamond facets is created by shading inside the circle with a lighter shade of the dominant background color. The background color fills the empty spaces between the circles. Two Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa logos on each card back are placed symmetrically and facing in opposite directions. An image of the card back at issue in this Complaint is attached as
Exhibit A
. 17.
 
The pattern used by Borgata on the back of the cards purchased from Gemaco is required to be perfectly symmetrical so that the back of one card is indistinguishable from the backs of all other cards, and the edges of each card are indistinguishable from one another. 18.
 
Gemaco represents and warrants that its playing cards are tamper proof, sealed and certified by individual and intensive inspection. 3
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