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Breaking: Ivey Suing Full Tilt, Skipping 2011 WSOP

by on Jun.01, 2011, under News

In a surprising turn of events, Phil Ivey today announced via facebook his intentions to sue Full Tilt’s parent company Tiltware, and to skip the 2011 World Series of Poker in a show of solidarity with those whose funds have yet to be released from Full Tilt Poker.  Here are the poignant excerpts from his facebook page:

 

“I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed that Full Tilt players have not been paid money they are owed. … I am not playing in the World Series of Poker as I do not believe it is fair that I compete when others cannot… on behalf of all poker players I refuse to remain silent any longer. I have electronically filed a lawsuit against Tiltware related to the unsettled player accounts.”

 

This statement sounded almost like a hoax or a hack, but it has been confirmed by media site Wicked Chops Poker who contacted Ivey’s manager.

 

While Pokerstars has quickly returned funds to all players after reaching a deal with the government some weeks back, Full Tilt has yet to act on their side of the same bargain.  I’ve been promoting an attitude of patience on this issue, but Ivey’s actions do strike me as a cause for concern.  A big name like Ivey wouldn’t make a public stink about player’s funds if there wasn’t something to worry about.  Let’s hope his actions prompt FTP to get the player funds back where they belong… if you’re like me, you’d like to have that online poker money available to play with in some great Encore Club daily tournaments or maybe a special event!

 

** UPDATE **

Tiltware has responded with a statement of their own in which they claim Ivey will do more harm than good in their efforts to restore funds.  Their conclusion summarizes the statement well.

“Tiltware doubts Mr. Ivey’s frivolous and self-serving lawsuit will ever get to court. But if it does, the company looks forward to presenting facts demonstrating that Mr. Ivey is putting his own narrow financial interests ahead of the players he professes to help.”

 

What do you think, reader?  Will Ivey’s actions get the Tiltware team to act, or is it another case of a sport celebrity using his soapbox to stir up controversy with what should be internal corporate business?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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