Borgata casino uses booze, sexy servers as a distraction: professional gambler
A professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of US$9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge at cards says the casino has its own method of gaining an advantage: plying gamblers with free booze served by flirty, scantily clad waitresses.
Phil Ivey is using the unusual defense against allegations that he and a partner cheated while playing baccarat at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in 2012. Both sides are suing each other over his winnings.
The Borgata claims Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards. The casino says the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations.
But Ivey asserts
his win was simply the result of skill and good observation.
In a court filing this week, Ivey turns on its head the Borgata’s assertion that he and the associate sought an unfair advantage at the card tables. Ivey said the Borgata does the same thing by “plying him with free alcohol served by only the most curvaceous and voluptuous females in the industry.”
The casino declined comment.
The court filing quotes from a deposition in which Ivey recounted the attention Borgata employees lavished on him while he was betting US$50,000 to US$100,000 a hand.
“It distracts you from your playing,” Ivey said. “I mean, anything they can do to give themselves an advantage. Everyone knows that alcohol impairs your judgment, and they offer that, and they have the pretty cocktail waitresses and they’re all very flirty. They’re talking to you, you know. I got quite a few numbers.”
The latest filing came as Ivey’s lawyers seek to take a sworn statement from the casino’s food and beverage manager about its cocktail servers, which it calls “Borgata Babes.” They wear tight- fitting bustiers, short skirts and heels, and are featured in an annual calendar that the casino sells.