Phil Ivey’s baccarat debacle is becoming a movie
The movie will include an Oscar-winning actress
A new movie is on the plans that will be based on the uncommon relationship that “Kelly” has with the poker player Phil Ivey. The name of the movie will be “The Baccarat Machine,” and it was inspired in a 2017 Cigar Aficionado article by Michael Kaplan. This drama will feature Awkwafina, who will be taking the leading female role of Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun that, alongside Ivey, took multiple millions from casinos a few years ago.
“We can’t think of a better way to start this project than by announcing that our friend Awkwafina has come on board,” SK Global co-CEO John Penotti said, “She is uniquely equipped to bring Kelly to life onscreen and will infuse the role with genuine humor and humanity. Along with our partners at Sharp, we’re thrilled to bring this unbelievable story to the screen.”
Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent Pictures, in partnership with SK Global, will be funding and producing this motion picture that is currently being written by Andy Bellin. There is not a director yet on the agenda and soon casting will be announced for other roles.
In the real-life story, both players used a unique technique of edge sorting cards that had micro differences, and they were able to get from London’s Crockfords casino over $9.45 million and from Atlantic City’s Borgata for another $9.6m. Even though Ivey’s assured that this strategy was not at all illegal in an effort to keep all his winnings, some other casinos refused to pay any winnings. Also, the courts ended up taking the casino’s side, causing a lot of legal trouble.