|You're right, Willy!|
And they are rightfully inducted into my Casino Cheats Hall of Fame!
So now that that's decided, at least in my view, why did Ivey and Sun get caught?
I'll tell you. One simple reason: they messed with the wrong people.
The sharpest casino staffs in the world as far as surveillance and protecting their games go are the Brits...way above anyone else. I know this from my own experiences during my days as one of the world's greatest casino cheats. I have also observed that casinos throughout Europe that have lots of British employees are much stronger from a game-protection standpoint than the rest of the casinos on the continent.
Had Phil Ivey known this, he and his partner Sun quite possibly could have made $100 million by staying out of the UK, being less greedy and using some trusted unknown people. Had they used Asians, even the Brits would have needed a lot longer time to solve it, but eventually they would have.
The Atlantic City casinos that got beat might not have ever figured it out. I'm not knocking their staffs, but like I said, no casinos worldwide have that sharpness with this kind of stuff. Perhahps that's why they were the best codebreakers in World War 2.
The only pertinent question as to how far Ivey could have gone with his edge-sorting scam, would have been if they could find enough casinos using defective cards All in all, Ivey's scam is the best of all-time simply because he never had any criminal risk and was sure to make millions.
And let's not forget that it was Sun, not Ivy, who was the brains of the operation. But she too overlooked what would have kept their scam from never being a scam!