US poker star Phil Ivey sues in UK over winnings

LONDON (AP) -- U.S. professional poker star Phil Ivey has filed suit in a London court over what he claims are 7.8 million pounds ($12.1 million) in winnings that were withheld from him.

The suit filed Tuesday in the High Court says that Ivey won the money in August playing Punto Banco at the venerable Crockfords casino in London.

Ivey said he had "no alternative" but to pursue legal action against the casino. His lawyer, Matthew Dowd, said Ivey regretted the decision to go to court.

Crockfords, part of the Genting Group, has not yet answered the claim in court. The company did not respond Tuesday to requests for comments on the case.

Ivey is one of the world's most successful poker players and has won numerous World Series of Poker Championship bracelets.