Ivey won the money playing Punto Banco, a variant of baccarat. The game is generally favored by high-rollers and skill plays no role in winning.
The Poker star and a female companion played for about seven hours over the course of two days at Crockfords in London and when the two left, casino officials assured Ivey his $11.5 million in winnings would be transferred to his bank account. As of right now, Ivey had only received $1.3 million from the casino, his original stake.
Suspicions arose about possible cheating when it was discovered that Ivey’s companion had her membership at another London casino suspended. The casino has conducted interviews, inspected the cards, and watched video surveillance and has yet to discover any wrongdoing. However, the casino has still not paid Ivey.