Renowned poker legend Phil Ivey has hardly had five minutes to himself recently after seeing his name splashed across the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In the latest scandal to rock the 38-year-old, it has now emerged that Ivey has been approved for a licence to open his own medical marijuana dispensary by the Las Vegas City Council.
It’s certainly a controversial move for the 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, who has received his fair share of negative press recently. It’s unclear at this time as to whether or not Ivey will enter the medical marijuana industry, but he could certainly do with not having a stigma attached to his name, particularly given his recent court appearance.
In October, Ivey filed legal action against Genting Casinos (an affiliate of the Crockfords Club, based in London’s Mayfair.) The star had flown to London and was seen taking part in an alternative form of popular card game Baccarat known as Punto Blanco. After making a huge £1 million stake, Ivey soon won a further £7 million and was told that his money would be wired over to him electronically once he returned to the States.
However, on arrival, he was disheartened to discover he only received back his original £1 million stake. He swiftly took the casino operators to court, but his mission was not to be successful.
Representatives at Genting Casinos argued that they would not award winnings to ‘cheaters’, alleging that Ivey’s little-known technique, known as ‘edge-sorting,’ was not legal within the casino. The practice involves looking for imperfections on cards to make a mental note of which cards have already been used, and is generally frowned upon by many casinos.
The judge handling the case ruled in favour of Genting Casinos, stating: “This is, in my view, cheating in the name of civil law.” Ivey was disheartened at the verdict and has told fans that he would never cheat, insisting that his “integrity was far more important than a big win.”
Ivey has since been keeping himself happy by winning huge bucks in online casinos, which have previously contributed to his multi-million dollar fortune. Doubtless the star’s success has helped to make sites like http://www.gamingclub.com/au more appealing, but it is perhaps slightly worrying to parents out there who may fear that the star’s most recent actions could tempt their children into vices more dangerous than online casinos, if marujuana is proved to be dangerous.
A licence to sell pot may be an altogether different career path for Ivey, and indeed, a legal one for the star, however he needs to look at the bigger picture and think about just how many people he is influencing.
Wow, just wow. All the good will for airing ‘Transparent’ has just been pissed away.
Woody Allen is coming back to television, signing a deal to create a series for Amazon Studios, where he will write and direct every episode.
Amazon’s press release didn’t have much more info on what’s for now referred to as “Untitled Woody Allen Project,” save that the series will, of course, premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime in the US, UK and Germany.
“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” Amazon Studios vice-president Roy Price said in a statement. “From ‘Annie Hall’ to ‘Blue Jasmine,’ Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”
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Rape jokes, seriously? They blew chunks this year as they did not focus on the films and TV. So many clunkers.