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Phil Ivey’s Divorce Case heads to Nevada Supreme Court

by Jeremy

For the past couple years, Phil Ivey has drawn a considerable amount of headlines due to his divorce case involving ex-wife Luciaetta Ivey. Ever since Full Tilt Poker went defunct, Phil has had some major difficulties in meeting the lofty $180k monthly payments he’s supposed to make to his ex.

Anyways, this whole bit of courtroom drama has actually made it to the Nevada Supreme Court. The debated matter is whether or not a $5,000 contribution that Phil Ivey made to a Family Court judge who handled their case tainted the divorce settlement.

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Obviously Luciaetta thinks it did, which is why she’s taken her fight to the state’s highest court. Her main problem is that Judge William Gonzalez was receiving contributions from Phil. However, it should also be stated that Gonzalez never showed any clear bias to the poker pro in the divorce settlement.

The only thing that could truly be considered questionable is how Phil wasn’t forced to continue paying alimony to Luciaetta after his Full Tilt payments were halted. His lawyer, David Chesnoff, commented on the matter by telling the Washington Post, “Mrs. Ivey made millions (from the divorce settlement). Tilt was stopped, alimony stopped. Are we going to tell people they cannot contribute? We exist in a state where judges are elected.”

From a broader perspective, the Nevada Supreme Court also wants to evaluate how judge campaign contributions should be looked at morally. Obviously judges need to raise money so that they can get elected. However, in the case of Phil Ivey, sometimes these contributions can seemingly look bad - even if the donation doesn’t ultimately affect a case’s outcome.

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