Genting hit with another punto banco scandal; London casino in court

Genting has been hit with another Punto Banco scandal

Genting has been hit with another Punto Banco scandal as the Scottish Sun reveals an internal investigation is ongoing in Genting Glasgow, and Les Ambassadeurs is in court fighting a mystery man from Singapore.

Phil Ivey is an inspiration to many, and under normal circumstances ‘the many’ are poker players. But has his recent brushes with the law over his use of ‘edge sorting’ tactics in games of Baccarat and Punto Banco created a new category of ‘inspired fan?’

The Scottish Sun claims the Genting Casino in Glasgow has begun an internal inquiry over a suspected Punto Banco sting that has cost the casino in the region of £200,000.

The details are as sparse as Polar Bears in the heat, but the digital media outlet explains how the money seems to have been won ‘illegally’ by a group of people playing Punto Banco over a four-month period.

A criminal investigation is not yet on the cards.

A spokesperson at Genting confirmed that an internal investigation is ongoing, and the casino would move ahead with criminal proceedings under Section 42 of the Gambling Act if they find evidence of foul play.

Ivey won over £7.7m playing Punto Banco in Genting’s Crockfords Casino, Mayfair back in 2012.

We await the verdict of the UK Supreme Court on that legal wrangle.

Les Ambassadeurs Back in the Litigation Spotlight

Moving from one high-class Mayfair casino to another, and the Les Ambassadeurs Club, have taken a packed lunch to the High Court this week, after claims that a high rolling whale is trying to avoid a significant debt.

A legal team from the plush casino is after £470,000 in gambling losses owed to them by a man named Azam Kolia. Kolia is a mystery man, the only info gleaned from reports was his Singaporean roots, and that he once lost £2.4m gambling on a heady night in December 2012.

Apparently, Kolia is refusing to pay a £470,000 debt. Representing the High Court, Mrs Justice Jefford, proposed to freeze Kolia’s assets pending further investigation, but that depends if they can find the man.

Kolia has been notoriously difficult to serve papers on, with the legal team even going so far as to leave documentation for him at the casino.

The case continues.

It’s not the first time that Les Ambassadeurs has spent time in court, and it won’t be the last. Back in 2014, Dubai-based financier Iraj Parvizi, sued the casino for £10m after he alleged the casino allowed professional poker players including Roland de Wolfe and Josh Gould to win that vast sum using dishonest means.

The result of that court case is unknown.

Source: Calvin Ayre


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