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Phil Ivey Lawsuit facing Considerable Heat

by Jeremy

While Phil Ivey was initially praised by people in the poker community for taking legal action against Full Tilt Poker, backlash is starting to rear its ugly head from some notable pros. And the latest pro to come down on Ivey about the $150 million lawsuit is Mike Matusow.

Matusow appeared on the Hardcore Poker Show to discuss the Full Tilt situation, and he didn’t have much good to say about Ivey. The Mouth said, “People understand what’s going on. At first they didn’t get it, they all thought Phil Ivey was their hero, but now they realize he’s a f***ing piece of sh**.”

Matusow went on to add, “Everybody can see right through it, the real reason behind the lawsuit is pretty obvious. I don’t want to get into it at all, but it’s a pretty self-centered act from a self-centered person who made anywhere between $50 million and $100 million over the past five years into his own pockets - so you know, good luck to him. He’s trying to take people down with him.”

As mentioned before, there are other pros who are angry with Ivey’s lawsuit as well. Tony G has been extremely vocal about Ivey and the whole Full Tilt situation as he went on QuadsJacks Radio. The Party Poker pro labeled Ivey “the first rat to jump off the sinking ship,” and also said Ivey has “ thrown Full Tilt under the bus.” One more choice quote involved how Tony G said the whole situation was “beyond low from someone you have been getting fed from.”

Andrew Robl also spoke about the matter by starting the diss party up on his blog. Robl wrote, “Phil Ivey’s statement was solely self-serving. He is trying to cover his own ass and unassociate himself with full-tilt’s current legal situation/non-paying of players. Phil Ivey is one of the primary equity holders of full tilt and has profited off their business more than almost anyone. If he really cared about the players he would pledge to return every cent of the MILLIONS of dollars he’s made from Full Tilt to the players as Tom Dwan (who is not a owner) has done.”

Despite all of the criticism, it doesn’t look like Ivey has any intention of backing down on the lawsuit.

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