Ivey: $9.6 million Atlantic City baccarat win was all skill

first_imgIn this July 15, 2009 file photo, Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — World-famous poker player Phil Ivey says his disputed $9.6 million baccarat win at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino was all skill, and he’s seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit in which the casino accuses him of cheating.Ivey’s spokesman John Falcicchio told The Associated Press the motion was filed Wednesday night.In April, the Borgata sued Ivey, alleging he and an associate exploited a defect in cards that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards. The casino asserted that technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasions between April and October 2012. The casino says the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations.But Ivey’s motion says his win was simply the result of skill and good observation.“Each and every penny of defendants’ winnings was the result of sheer skill,” Ivey’s lawyers wrote in court papers.The Borgata had no immediate comment.In legal terms, Ivey’s lawyers responded to the lawsuit in three main ways. They asserted that Ivey and the associate did nothing that could be considered cheating; that a six-month statute of limitations to recover money lost in a supposedly illegal game had expired; and that supposed violations of state casino regulations can be pursued only by state gambling regulators, not by casinos.The lawsuit says the cards were defective in that the pattern on the back was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata says some of them were only half-diamonds or quarters.The lawsuit says that Ivey and his companion instructed a dealer to flip cards in particular ways, depending on whether they were desirable cards in baccarat: the numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9. It says bad cards would be flipped in different directions, so that after several hands of cards, the good ones were arranged in a certain manner — with the irregular sides of the cards facing in a specific direction — that Ivey could spot when they came out of the dealer chute.The lawsuit says Ivey wanted the cards shuffled by an automatic shuffling machine, which would not alter the way each card was aligned.Ivey’s response says he simply noticed things that anyone playing the game could have observed and bet accordingly.Responding to a lawsuit Ivey filed in Britain’s High Court against Malaysia-based casino operator Genting Group involving a similar dispute, Genting made a similar accusation against Ivey. It alleges Ivey and an accomplice amassed almost $12 million by cheating at baccarat. Ivey has denied any misconduct.Ivey won his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet last week. He is tied for the second most all time.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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Union leader pays a visit

first_imgLeffingwell Elementary program specialist/teacher Marcie Vinson said she was just happy to open up the school’s Infant and Family program to visitors. “Anything that gets people out here to see what we’re doing is great,” Vinson said. “We’re always happy to show off what we have.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – When politicians criticize teachers and public education, California Teachers Association Vice President David A. Sanchez wishes they could see what he sees – and in particular, what he experienced Tuesday in a visit to the East Whittier City School District. He wishes they could hear Murphy Ranch Elementary School students animatedly singing songs to help them remember scientific concepts, or witness the dazzling yet simple solar-system decorations in a severely handicapped classroom at Leffingwell Elementary. “When I was teaching, I did the same thing – I had floor-to-ceiling bulletin boards,” said Sanchez, who will become the first elected Latino president of the powerful CTA in June, when current President Barbara Kerr steps down. “This teacher went all out to make his classroom a wonderful learning environment – and if Gov. Schwarzenegger were here today, he would see some good teaching and lots of learning going on,” Sanchez added. This is the second year in a row that the top brass at CTA, the behemoth union that represents most of the state’s teachers, have paid a visit to East Whittier schools. It offers a rare opportunity for teachers to speak directly to CTA leadership about their concerns, said Madeline Shapiro, president of the East Whittier Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers. That way, Shapiro said, Sanchez “doesn’t seem like this far-off person they can’t relate to, or that somehow the CTA is separate from what they are.” “That’s the main thing,” Shapiro added. “And as future president, Mr. Sanchez can become more familiar with my local community, school district and my own members.” Sanchez visited Murphy Ranch, Leffingwell and Hillview Middle schools Tuesday before sitting down to a luncheon with Superintendent Joe Gillentine, school board members and EWEA officials. last_img read more

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Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek water advisory

first_imgResidents living upstream of the slide area 3.5 kilometres northwest of the confluence of Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek are advised to undergo normal creek water disinfection before drinking. Northern Health notes that the advisory does not include the District of Hudson’s Hope water supply.An initial advisory was issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope on September 11. An investigation conducted at Brenot Creek and Lynx Creek identified the mudslide near Brenot Creek that is causing the creek water to be muddy and heavily turbid. The investigation was a partnership between the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Ministry of Environment, BC Oil and Gas Commission, Northern Health and the District of Hudson’s Hope. Testing continues on the water sources and further information will be provided as it becomes available.Users of water downstream on the Peace River should take precautions if the water seems cloudy or if there is any unusual taste or odour. The plume of sediment from Lynx will eventually disperse throughout the Peace, and will become inconsequential, but how far downstream that full-mixing will occur is not known and difficult to estimate. The water issues are associated directly with the naturally occurring landslide.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Lloris gets driving ban, fine for drink-driving

first_img“On 15th of July, he was the proudest man of the planet,” attorney David Sonn said in reference to the day Lloris and his France team lifted the World Cup trophy in Moscow.“Forty days later, he was arrested in central London,” said the lawer. “Today he apologises to the court.”Lloris was one of the heroes of France’s commanding march to their second football World Cup in 20 years.The triumph turned the 31-year-old into a national hero and confirmed his status as one of the most respected goalkeepers in the world.But Lloris’s dream turned into a nightmare when his Porsche was pulled over for a routine stop in central London at 2:20am on August 24.The Daily Mail tabloid said Lloris registered 100 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in a police check.The amount is roughly the equivalent of seven glasses of wine, although alcohol levels depend on multiple factors such as age, gender and metabolism.The legal driving limit in England in a breathalyser test is 35 microgrammes.“I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters,” Lloris had earlier said in a statement.“Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”Police said Lloris nearly hit parked cars and went through a red light. They found vomit in the car after stopping him.Lloris spent seven hours in a cell that night before returning home on foot.– Taxi cancelled –France captain Lloris holding aloft the World Cup trophy © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHis lawyer said Lloris knew he should not have been driving and had called a cab after a night out.“He had booked a taxi but unfortunately the taxi cancelled at the last minute,” Sonn said. “He made a first mistake — he decided to drive.”The married father of two looked stoic and dressed impeccably in a dark suit and blue shirt as he made his way in silence through a crush of reporters into the courtroom.Lloris missed France’s opening games in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.France coach Didier Deschamps attributed his ‘keeper’s absence to a thigh injury and gave Lloris his wholehearted support.“He knows only too well that it shouldn’t happen, but it happened and it’s not going to change what I think about him and the Hugo Lloris that I’ve always known,” said Deschamps.Lloris was spectacular during the World Cup and gave up no goals in either France’s tough quarter-final match-up against Uruguay or their semi-final against a dangerous Belgium side.He blundered once in the final against Croatia but his team still prevailed 4-2.But Lloris’s London club are now left to ponder what to do with their starting keeper after his conviction for a serious driving offence.Tottenham have won three of their first four matches and are placed fifth in the English Premier League.A team spokesman said before the sentencing that Tottenham were treating the entire matter “extremely seriously”.Lloris has made 256 appearances with Tottenham since joining from the French club Lyon in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hugo Lloris leaving court after sentencing © AFP / Tolga AKMENLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and a Sh 7 million (£50,000) fine on Wednesday for drink-driving in central London.The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper had earlier called his behaviour “unacceptable” and received a lighter sentence from a judge who could have locked up the star for six months.last_img read more

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Vatican women strap on their boots for first time in World Cup year

first_img0Shares0000The small group that makes up the Vatican’s first-ever women’s team play in the shadow of St Peter’s © AFP / Andreas SOLAROROME , Italy, Jun 4 – More than three decades after it first put out a men’s team, women are finally strapping on the Vatican’s colours of yellow jersey and socks and white shorts and bearing the keys of St. Peter and papal tiara crest.For 35 years the world’s smallest state has put out a men’s team that for one match in 2010 was coached by European Cup winner Giovanni Trapattoni, while eight teams have competed in its men’s championship has for nearly half a century, with players coming from the iconic Swiss Guards, Museums and the economic services. “We thought the time was right to try to organise something, training and matches, also for women,” Danilo Zennaro, a representative of the Vatican sports association, told AFP.And for a few months now, a group of about 20 women — including Vatican employees, wives and workers from the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital administered by the Holy See — meet once or twice a week to train on the grounds of the Pius XI sports centre in the shadow of the Dome of St. Peter.The training kits are mismatched, the level of play variable with a lot of toe-poking going on, but serious effort is being made ahead of a match with Serie A side Roma and then a tournament in Vienna later this month, with the session continuing until late into the night.“We are a very heterogeneous group, there are young people aged about 25 and 50-year-olds,” said 35-year-old Vatican employee Maura Turoli, who has little footballing experience but now plays as a defender.“It’s wonderful to be on the pitch and see husbands and children waiting for us and supporting us on the other side of the fence.”– ‘Goes beyond sport’ –The players from the Vatican’s first-ever women’s team want their side to go “beyond sport” © AFP / Andreas SOLAROAlthough Pope Francis recently spoke of football as “the most beautiful game”, the three words “football”, “women” and “Vatican” are not necessarily ones people would put together in the same sentence.However Turoli says that they “will try to disprove this idea and show that we have our place”.Teammate Floriana Di Iorio, who was already part of the women’s team at the Bambino Gesu hospital, says this team “goes beyond sport” and wants to “spread a message of great openness”.“The main objective is to convey a message of union, to be consistent, to keep our enthusiasm and perhaps also to be examples in places where the role of woman is still seen as a little marginal.”A “spirit of union” is also what team coach, Gianfranco Guadagnoli, who works in the Vatican Post Office, wants to achieve.“We’ve just started this group, the first training session was one of pain, problems … But they are doing better than expected,” said Guadagnoli, who also coaches the men’s team.“We’ve never played a 11-a-side and on a big pitch, but Roma have come forward and … we will try, even if our means are not those of a Serie A team.“It does not matter, we go with our qualities and whatever happens happens, without problems or dramas.”The match proceeded as expected, with a game understandably reduced to two 20 minute halves ending in a double-figures defeat and a baptism of fire for a trailblazing team.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Teens query McCain on age, conservatism

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. – An unflinching John McCain was told Tuesday by New Hampshire high school students that he might be too old to be president and too conservative to be respected. McCain, the Arizona senator whose presidential bid has stumbled through the summer, countered the Concord High School students with humor. “Thanks for the question, you little jerk,” McCain joked back to one student who asked the 71-year-old about his age. “You’re drafted.” McCain’s two-day trip to New Hampshire launches his fall campaign for the GOP nomination. During a morning visit with students, he explained why he is not shrinking from his support for a temporary increase of troops in Iraq and why students should pay attention. The audience groaned; McCain slid into a joke. “I think it was one of my sons that alleged I’m getting to the point I hide my own Easter eggs,” McCain said to laughter. “When you saw my 95-year-old mother (on a video introduction), you saw the kind of genes I have.” He said he’s a hard campaigner and that his age won’t be an issue. Another student pushed him on gay rights; McCain repeated his pledge to oppose discrimination but to support traditional marriage. “I came here looking to see a good leader,” 16-year-old William Sleaster told McCain, earning boos from his classmates. “I don’t.” McCain, a veteran of such candid exchanges in New Hampshire, smoothly pushed forward and told the crowd not to disrespect its peer. “I understand. I thank you,” McCain said. “That’s what America is all about.” At a later town hall-style event in a Bow fire station, McCain told voters that evenings like the one they were spending are the reason he still stands a chance. “Money doesn’t buy elections in New Hampshire, my friends. … Questions and comments and face to face with voters wins votes in New Hampshire,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If this war continues much longer, there will be people in this audience who will serve in the military, who also may be going over there (to Iraq) or to Afghanistan,” McCain told them. He said they should watch the upcoming report on Iraq from Gen. David Petraeus. “It may be a seminal debate. It may be one of the most important debates in history and it may directly affect your lives,” he warned. “He’s going to say: Whether it was or was not in the beginning, if we lose Iraq, it will be part of this struggle against radical, Islamic extremism because al-Qaida will take over and the area will deteriorate into chaos and destruction.” But during a town hall-style meeting, students were more interested in pushing McCain on the environment, his support for gay rights and even his age. “If elected, you’d be older than Ronald Reagan, making you the oldest president. Do you ever worry you might die in office or get Alzheimer’s or some other disease that might affect your judgment?” one student asked. last_img read more

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Exclusive – Crystal Palace to miss out on Austin, admits chairman Parish

first_img1 Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish admits the club are interested in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin – but claims the forward is likely to join a bigger Premier League club.The Rs hitman is expected to leave Loftus Road this summer, following the west London club’s relegation to the Championship last season.Parish has confirmed the Eagles are keen on the former Burnley star, but with the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa also eyeing the 26-year-old, he admits a switch to Selhurst Park is unlikely.“Charlie is definitely a player we admire but there are lots of clubs interested in him,” he told the Sports Bar. “There’s a good chance he will go beyond us, so to speak.” QPR striker Charlie Austin last_img

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Supervisors target 50 most-vulnerable homeless for help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The county has struggled to address the vast homelessness problem. A year ago, supervisors approved an unprecedented $100 million homeless initiative, anchored by five regional assistance centers. But the program faltered after communities balked at the prospect of homeless people coming to their neighborhoods. The county quietly switched gears, deciding instead to fund private organizations and smaller efforts, such as a housing program for families on skid row. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. County supervisors are close to approving a program that will identify the 50 most vulnerable homeless people on downtown’s skid row and move them within 100 days into apartments with accessible support services. The program, patterned after projects under way in New York City and elsewhere, is not only aimed at saving the lives of those most likely to die on the streets, but also is expected to save taxpayers the millions of dollars typically spent on people who cycle in and out of shelters, jails and emergency rooms. “A lot of these folks fall through the cracks when they go through the shelters,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a major proponent of the project. “If we can’t make this work, then we’ve got a problem.” The board tomorrow will probably approve two contracts with homeless advocacy groups to provide training and housing for the program. Four of the five supervisors have indicated they support the program. last_img read more

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A sortie runnin’ on my dreams

first_imgMy plan was to fly over parts of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in the vintage World War II bomber, picking out imaginary targets. A little urban renewal raid. Hey, what good is flying in a bomber if you can’t bomb anything – even if it’s just in your mind? The mayor seemed to warm to the idea when I mentioned it last week. He thought the editorial offices of the Daily News might be a nice place to start our play day bombing raid from 2,500 feet. I suggested City Hall, then swinging by the Times building. But the mayor missed the flight. What are you going to do? Thank goodness he got there in time for the speeches and photo ops. It’s OK, though. The flight was a big hit anyway. When you’re sitting shoulder to shoulder in the belly of a B-17 bomber with genuine aviation legends like Bob Hoover, 84, and Ralph Truglio, 83, it doesn’t get much better than that. “There were a lot of brave men who flew in planes like this one in World War II, and two of them are right here,” said City Councilman Tony Cardenas, sitting behind a machine gun turret, looking like a kid in a candy store. I wrote a column last Thursday on Hoover’s gutsy escape from a Nazi POW camp where he spent 16 months, and how he stole a German fighter plane to fly to freedom in Holland. And I’ve had the honor over the years of writing a few columns on Truglio, a member of the Kitty Hawk Squadron in World War II, who has spent the last 52 years teaching kids from all over the San Fernando Valley to fly airplanes. The North Hollywood native has 18 former students who are now making their careers as commercial or charter pilots. “My flight crew in World War II called me Pappy,” Ralph said. “I was 22. We were all so young.” Ralph looks over at Genesis Rivas, a 17-year-old Birmingham High School senior and member of the Aviation Explorers at Whiteman Airport. She’s just returned from sitting in the glass nose of the B-17, and her eyes are as big as silver dollars. The career day that Syncro Aviation President Barbara Cesar launched this year is all about young people like Rivas – preparing them to take over as the next generation of pilots keeping the aviation business strong. Rivas wants to become a charter aircraft pilot someday and already has soloed in a single-engine plane on her way to getting her private pilot’s license. “How do your parents feel about that?” I yell over the roar of the engines. She smiles and says ever since she was a little girl she’s dreamed of becoming an astronaut. So they’re OK with it. Sitting in the radio room of the bomber as it returns to Van Nuys Airport after the 20-minute ride, Rivas finally notices rows of bombs neatly stacked in the plane’s belly. “Those are just for show, right?” she asks. “They are now,” I said. “The mayor missed the flight.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“You were supposed to go up in that B-17 Bomber with Tony Cardenas, Bob Hoover, Ralph Truglio and a few more of us old guys this morning. What happened?” “I thought we were taking off at 10:30 a.m., but you guys were already gone when I got here,” Antonio said. “I wanted to go up. Really.” I showed him the VIP briefing and boarding schedule for the 10:15 a.m. B-17 flight kicking off Syncro Aircraft’s inaugural Aviation Career Day at Van Nuys Airport on Saturday. The B-17 waits for no man – not even the mayor. Antonio shook his head, appearing truly disappointed. “OK, so you’re not a chicken, but I’m really disappointed,” I told him. “We were going to have so much fun.” I waited until the mayor of Los Angeles finished his last photo op with the Girl and Boy Scouts before walking up to him. No need to embarrass the poor guy in front of the kids. “Chicken,” I whispered in Antonio Villaraigosa’s ear. “What?” he said, looking like someone had just told him Jimmy Hahn was in the room. last_img read more

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88 YEAR OLD PENSIONER LOSES APPEAL AGAINST RAPE CHARGE SENTENCE

first_imgA Donegal pensioner, who used viagra on occasion to rape his five grand-daughters, has failed in an appeal against the severity of his sentence.The man, who is aged 88, cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for 15 reasons.He had pleaded guilty to 45 sample counts of rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault at various locations in the community where he lived between July 1993 and September 2009. He was sentenced to 15 years, with three years suspended, last November.The Court of Criminal Appeal heard today heard his lawyers argued that the 15-year sentence was too severe given his age and poor heath.But Ms Justice Fidelma Macken found that the sentence imposed and the suspended element of that sentence was “wholly acceptable” and refused his appeal.Ends88 YEAR OLD PENSIONER LOSES APPEAL AGAINST RAPE CHARGE SENTENCE was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:88 YEAR OLDdonegalPENSIONERrapelast_img read more

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