UK Casino Accuses US Poker Star Phil Ivey Of Cheating

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LONDON, U.K. (AP)--A casino group has accused U.S. professional poker star Phil Ivey of cheating at baccarat and says the scam means they don't have to pay his claimed multimillion dollar winnings.

The Genting Group said in court papers filed Tuesday that Ivey and an accomplice used an elaborate scam to run up roughly 7.8 million pounds ($11.9 million) in tainted winnings.

The casino group was responding to a lawsuit filed last month by Ivey in which he said the money is owed to him. He claimed to have won the money at the venerable Crockfords casino in August. Crockfords is part of the Genting Group.

Ivey has won numerous World Series of Poker Championship bracelets. His representatives did not offer immediate comment Wednesday on the casino's claim.

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