So, details ares now emerging, as to how he won the money.
For those not abreast of events, Phil Ivey is a widely recognised Top 10 poker player, and obviously has fantastic memory recall/visualisation skills.
He is a huge high-stakes gambler .. some would say, de-gen .. playing sports/craps/golf for astronomical sums of money.
This life, should make it easier to actually play v big in a casino, and .. so it came to pass.
It is said, some 10's of Billions of playing cards, are used by casinos each yr, and, its natural, the manufacturing process, is occasionally flawed, so, that some cards, are recognisable, due to a design flaw on the back.
Imperfections in the backs of the playing cards, used by Crockfords, would enable someone to vary their bets, in Punto Banco, where the amount bet, is established before the start of each hand. In this game, an 8 or 9, are exceptionally valuable to a player, raising your edge in excess of 20%.
I imagine he waited for each new hand, saw what the first card was, before it was dealt, and bet, either big or small, based on this.
Over 2-3 days, you would have to win - and the £7.8million he won, shows, how .. by betting up to £150k a hand, edges multiply .. whether they be for the house, or the player.
As Crockfords provided the cards, I don't see hes done anything wrong.
I reckon, he will get paid.