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Phil Ivey Suing Full Tilt Poker

1 June 2011 by admin

Ivey5One of the best and most popular poker players in the world is suing one of the largest online poker websites, which just so happens to be a sponsor. Oh, there is never a dull day when it comes to Full Tilt Poker. This time, the news revolves around Phil Ivey, who is not so happy with their customer support.

Ivey is the second-ranked poker player in the world, trailing only top-ranked Erik Seidel. He’s also one of the most recognizable faces in the gambling industry. He was often compared to Tiger Woods back when Tiger was winning tournaments all the time and was known as a marketing and sporting phenom rather than a philandering husband. He is now suing Tiltware, the software provider of Full Tilt Poker, in an attempt to force them to pay their American customers.

Ivey says that he is making a statement by taking a stand against Full Tilt. “I sincerely hope this statement will ignite those capable of resolving the problems into immediate action,” he said. The problem dates back to Black Friday, when the U.S. Department of Justice seized the domains of Full Tilt along with PokerStars and Absolute Poker and indicted 11 individuals. Since then, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars reached deals with the Justice Department allowing them to return money in the accounts of American players to those players. PokerStars has done that, but Full Tilt has not.

They seem to be having problems establishing a means of giving the refunds. When questioned about the lack of response, Full Tilt says only that the money in players’ accounts is “safe and secure” and they they are working on finding a way of returning the money. Since nothing has happened and it has been almost 2 months, people are getting antsy. Ivey couldn’t wait any longer, so he took a stand.

Ivey says that he is “deeply disappointed” in the reaction by Full Tilt and is “embarrassed that Full Tilt players have not been paid money they are owed.” He also said that his reputation has been tarnished by association with the poker room.

In addition to the lawsuit, Ivey refuses to participate in the World Series of Poker, which is going on right now. Ivey has eight WSOP bracelets and has won $5.3 million at the tournament. Ivey won’t take part this year, though, saying that it would be wrong for him to play when others can’t. Also, when Ivey plays, he does so wearing Full Tilt’s logo, which he won’t be doing now. Ivey has also appeared in advertisements for Full Tilt Poker, but with him speaking out against the company and suing them, I’m guessing that relationship is over with.

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