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Phil Ivey suing Full Tilt Poker, Skipping WSOP

by Jeremy

While many Full Tilt Poker players have remained silent in the aftermath of Black Friday, Phil Ivey is one person who’s taking matters into his own hands. Ivey announced via his website,, that he’s embarrassed by Full Tilt’s failure to pay players. Furthermore, he will seek a lawsuit against Tiltware LLC, which is Full Tilt’s parent company. As if this isn’t enough of a bombshell, Ivey also added that he’ll be missing the 2011 WSOP seeing as how other players aren’t able to compete. Here is a look at part of the statement on his website:

I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed that Full Tilt players have not been paid money they are owed. I am equally embarrassed that as a result many players cannot compete in tournaments and have suffered economic harm. I am not playing in the World Series of Poker as I do not believe it is fair that I compete when others cannot. I am doing everything I can to seek a solution to the problem as quickly as possible.

My name and reputation have been dragged through the mud, through the inactivity and indecision of others and 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. As I am sure the public can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me.

Needless to say, Tiltware is not taking Ivey’s statements or lawsuit lightly, and they responded with their own attack against him. Full Tilt rep Michel Clayborne told the press the following:

Contrary to his sanctimonious public statements, Phil Ivey’s meritless lawsuit is about helping just one player – himself. In an effort to further enrich himself at the expense of others, Mr. Ivey appears to have timed his lawsuit to thwart pending deals with several parties that would put money back in players’ pockets. In fact, Mr. Ivey has been invited — and has declined — to take actions that could assist the company in these efforts, including paying back a large sum of money he owes the site.

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.

This whole controversy is certainly damaging to poker as a whole because one of its best players will miss the WSOP to focus energy on a lawsuit. And unfortunately, things don’t look to get any less ugly as the court case is sure to escalate in the future.

  • Cardgameshop

    Phil’s got some balls, that’s for sure and that’s why i like the guy. Come on FT, give us our money back!

  • Free Money For Poker

    Wow, is this for real?? How did i missed this. Great news thanks!

  • Mbazany

    thank you Phil for bringing attention about the fact that those of us that used Full Tilt have received none of our money back that they hold.  I am a small player but yo gave recognition to our problem.

  • twi

    Phil ivey. Next time we see you will be in hell.  Your a dead man walking.  So is Howard Ledderman. Ferguson and the rest of you a holes.  YOu will all find yourselves with a bullet.

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