So he wins over 9 mil. and they sue him? Poker pro says sexy Borgata waitresses are too distracting By Bruce Golding August 28, 2015 | 12:53am Modal Trigger Poker player Phil Ivy (inset) claims that the "Borgata Babes" are too distracting. Photo: AP; Getty Images One of the world’s best poker players is trying to turn the tables on card-cheat accusations from the Borgata — arguing that the Atlantic City casino stacks the deck all the time by distracting players with scantily clad cocktail waitresses. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa cunningly deploys an army of bustier-wearing, free-drinks-toting waitresses to throw players off their games, professional gambler Phil Ivey argues in new court papers. The casino sends out “only the most curvaceous and voluptuous females in the industry” to distract high rollers, Ivey complains. The Borgata Babes are “all very flirty,” Ivey says in his papers — his response to the casino’s lawsuit seeking the return of $9.6 million he won at baccarat in 2012. The casino insists Ivey cheated by engaging in “edge sorting,” an elaborate technique that includes spotting minor defects on the backs of cards. But in a blistering counterattack, Ivey said that while he was betting up to $100,000 a hand over four stretches in 2012, the casino sent a bevy of Borgata Babes over to bewitch him. “It distracts you from your playing,” Ivey testified during a deposition. “I mean, anything they can do to give themselves an advantage. Everyone knows that alcohol impairs your judgment, and they offer that, and they have the pretty cocktail waitresses and they’re all very flirty. They’re talking to you . . . I got quite a few [phone] numbers.” The Borgata Babes pose with their outfit designer Zac Posen (C) before the official opening of the Borgata Hotel Casino in 2003.Photo: Getty Images Ivey’s New Jersey federal court filing makes detailed note of the waitresses’ “skimpy outfits,” described as “custom-made tight skirts and bustier tops created by fashion designer Zac Posen.” A Borgata spokesman declined to comment. Ivey’s case isn’t the first to focus on the appearance of the Borgata waitresses, whom the casino has featured in lingerie-and-bikini calendars and provocative promotional videos. In 2008, 22 Borgata Babes accused the casino of discrimination because it subjected them to random weigh-ins and suspended them from work if they packed on the pounds. A judge tossed that suit in 2013, noting that the women had signed contracts agreeing not to gain more 7 percent of their starting weight. “For the individual labeled a babe to become a sex object requires that person’s participation,” Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson ruled at the time.