It seems like the legal battle is never over for poker pro Phil Ivey. The most recent news about Phil Ivey and his case against the Borgata casino is that Ivey was ordered to give back to the casino what he and his companion had won worth $10.1 million, as compensation for breaching the casino contract. This order was brought out regarding Ivey's edge sorting case as reported in late December 2016.
According to NorthJersey.com, Phil Ivey's legal team has asked a federal judge to the list judgment in favor of Atlantic City-based Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as a final one so that he can duly appeal it in a circuit court.
"So Ivey wants to get to the Third Circuit - the same one that voted 2-1, 2-1 again, and then 9-3 in favor of the sports leagues in the New Jersey sports betting case, which is almost unprecedented as a lack of unanimity - as soon as possible. To do that, he needs that Final Judgment.
And he doesn't want to have to put $10M or anything close sitting effectively in escrow, either, while the wheels of justice grind along.
One complication that Ivey's attorneys had to note was "the remaining claims existing between [Borgata] and defendant Gemaco, Inc." That's the playing card manufacturer that produced cards that as far as anyone can tell, were perfectly symmetrical to everyone but Sun (that includes Borgata officials and state regulators).
Ivey doesn't want to wait that situation to get in the way.
Ivey wants the Final Judgment "notwithstanding" those claims - or dismissal of those claims pursuant to a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure regarding "Judgment on Multiple Claims or Involving Multiple Parties."
In due course, if he manages to get back to the Third Circuit, then he can keep his money out of escrow. His legal team suggests that the only issue would be the claims between Gemaco (the playing card manufacturer) and Borgata casino. That is why Ivey would need the final judgment to exclude those claims, as stated above.
For more motions, deadlines are this week. The motion hearing is scheduled on February 21.