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Phil Ivey Not Playing in World Series of Poker, Files Lawsuit Against TiltWare

Poker Pro Releases Statement on His Facebook Page

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Update: Clark County District Court records show that Phil Ivey filed a lawsuit against Tiltware, a company that provided software to Full Tilt Poker, on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Case No. A-11-642387-C is listed as Phillip Ivey, Jr., Plaintiff vs. Tiltware LLC, Defendant. According to the Associated Press, the company has denied Ivey’s request to pursue other professional opportunities in poker. As a result, Ivey is seeking more than $150 million for “injunctive relief, declaratory relief and damages.”

The lead attorney listed for the case is David Zeltner Chesnoff, a high-powered criminal defense attorney based in Las Vegas. No hearing on the lawsuit has been scheduled according to the court calender.

The suit comes quickly after Ivey announced his intentions late last night through Facebook and his website.

Phil IveyIvey said that he will not play in the 2011 World Series of Poker and announced that he had “electronically filed a lawsuit against Tiltware,” in a disjointed, six-part statement released Tuesday night on his official Facebook page.

Shortly after the news broke, a cleaned-up press release went up on Ivey’s website. No verbal confirmation from the eight-time bracelet winner has been achieved at this time, and multiple Full Tilt Pros in attendance on Day 1 of the $25,000 heads-up event, which Ivey was absent from, said they knew nothing about the Ivey announcement.

Below is the full statement:

For many years, I have been proud to call myself a poker player. This great sport has taken me to places I only imagined going and I have been blessed with much success. It is therefore with deep regret that I believe I am compelled to release the following statement.

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.

I whole heartedly refuse to accept non-action as to repayment of players funds and I am angered that people who have supported me throughout my career have been treated so poorly.

I sincerely hope this statement will ignite those capable of resolving the problems into immediate action and would like to clarify that until a solution is reached that cements the security of all players, both US and International, I will, as I have for the last six weeks, dedicate the entirety of my time and efforts to finding a solution for those who have been wronged by the painfully slow process of repayment.

 
 
 
 

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gangles
3 years ago

Wow. Newfound respect for Phil Ivey. Who knew poker players could have such integrity?

 
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herbie5858
3 years ago

Ivey deep down is a good guy. But I assure you he did not write that post on facebook....it is way too elegant and has all the markings of an attorney but I would think most already knew that.

But I do tip my hat to him...the other scumbags...DN,HL,CF,....not so much.

 
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mago
3 years ago

There was a post by D Brunson after the sudden passing away of Chip. Ivey was the only poker player that called Doyle and asked where to send the money that he owed Chip. Only he and Chip new about it. Doyle said that he knew of know other player that had offered to pay the Reese family what was owed. Ivey is elusive, but class all the way when it comes to business and personal dealings.

 
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fundtime
3 years ago

Lederer, Lingren, Ferguson and the rest of those clowns do not have the same moral compas that Ivey has.

 
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herbie5858
3 years ago

Howard Lederer is the most boring person on the face on the earth...I want to shoot my tv when he talks on late nite poker shows....Eric is ok......Ferguson is simply overrated as I have played with him and was not impressed at all.

Besides that they all need to do something to help the players get their money back in an expedient fashion. At least Ivey is making a statement...the other FTP guys and Daniel N. are spineless

 
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littleze
3 years ago

Ivey just doesn't like attention so of coarse he won't show his face at the WSOP the DOJ just froze his FTP account, now all of a sudden he cares about us. sure, he is not responsible for the mismanagement of player funds but he is only talking now because he knows for sure that FTP is not paying him or anybody else. total PR move to distance himself/his name/ and reputation from FTP. he is the best player in poker, on and off the felt

 
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herbie5858
3 years ago

I sort of concur with littleze...on the ohter hand I have gained some respect for Ivey...I know I am sounding like a paradox but the fact of the matter this guy made a big stand by boycotting in essence the game and tournament he loves most.

Concerning the other FTP Stars..and I use the word STARS loosely you can go fuck yourself for besides not being the best poker players in the world your ethics and morals are corrupt as not a one of you have stepped up to the plate for the players.

 
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littleze
3 years ago

WPWPWP

 
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YakshaNZ
3 years ago

Several bank accounts of high-ranking Full Tilt execs were frozen a couple days ago (beyond those already seized) and more indictments are expected. Ivey is distancing himself from FT asap, clearly under legal advice, to help with his defense if he does get indicted in the coming weeks.

But sure, go Ivey, what a hero.

 
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mikeyb111
3 years ago

Hard to believe that any competent lawyer would write such a weakly crafted statement.

 
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lowstakesgrinder
3 years ago

I agree with yakshanz i believe that Ivey is trying to now distance himself from full tilt obviously at the advice of his attorneys. One thing i will however say about phil ivey though is at least he had the balls to do this. Alot of other full tilt site pros could have done the same and it would have put alot more pressure on full tilt to fork the money over....

 
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takedown
3 years ago

One person doing what they can seems like little. Great numbers of people doing what they can WILL make a difference.President Obama can put a stop to this bullshit with one executive order like he did with the DOMA. I'm only one person doing what he can. If you agree that President Obama should intervene,please go to the link below and sign my petition to the President.
thanks,

http://signon.org/sign/president-obama-stop?source=c.fwd.in&r_by=161170

 
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clunker
3 years ago

After reading these comments I would ask what does Daniel Negreanu have to do with FT not paying it's players. He was affiliated with PS a company that has payed it's players.

 
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Cashewz
3 years ago

Pretty sure that herbie just has a hard-on for Negreanu for some unrelated reason. He calls him 'spineless', but Negreanu has long been the only 'big name' to speak out publicly about UB/AP and their practices, even going so far as to criticize other pros who would support a site with such a black history.

 
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Chris Stoltzfus
3 years ago

Nice job Phil! Fight for the working class. As far as shots at Daniel, his employer, (as far as I know), have paid and are continuing to pay US players. Full Tilt has always sucked in customer service, so their no pay/slow pay doesn't surprise me whatsoever.

 
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answer20
3 years ago

Interesting comments all ... Everyone likes to pick on DN since he is an easy target because he has spoke out in the past on several topics that other people wont touch, agree with or not. Can't believe that everything he says is for self gain ... Why would the DOJ go and freeze a players account? ... Sure Ivey has 'people' who help him with PR, I would too if I was in his 'position'. He doesn't need to play in the WSOP finacially and has chosen to make this his stand. I would imagine that he is in breech of some part of his contract with them and could be out some serious cash or opened himself up for a countersuit for these comments and/or the suit itself. It would be interesting to see if he has a piece of any action even though he is not playing. DN also made a comment somewhere about bracelet bets that included both of them ... all very topical for those of us who can't be in the mainstream of it all.

 
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herbie5858
3 years ago

Phil can you post your electronic lawsuit....?

 
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Diplomat
3 years ago

ivey for prez

 
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bparmalee
3 years ago

So let me see if I have got this: A bunch of people knowingly broke the law with a company that was also knowingly breaking the law... and the government seized their money?? Thats pretty accurate right? So to protest people that were shooting an angle on the law and got busted Ivey wont play at the world series...ok. When Party Poker (a publicly traded company in the UK) stopped allowing US residents to gamble all of the other sites should have followed suit... they didnt. If you put money on those sites it was at your own risk. Pokerstars did the admiable thing in refunded player deposits but if they hadnt thats the risk you run when trying to go around the law. Pretty soon... most likely a year or so.... the online poker market will be legalized and the big companies.. Harrahs and the like will have their own LEGAL sites. You can bet they have been pushing for this shit down for awhile to get rid of any competition moving forward. As for everyone that says Pokerstars or Full Tilt will be back then? The government will be the one handing out licenses to operate online gambling companies.... you can bet they dont have a chance in hell of getting one. So be patient... wait for the laws to get written and the legal poker sites to come around. More consumer protection.... but yeah more taxes.

 
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brian2480
3 years ago

The lawsuit is guess what all about ivey ivey ivey. There is nothing in the lawsuit that says he is doing it because of them not returning funds to players

 
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WPS22
3 years ago

Who else would it be about? Would you file a lawsuit on his behalf? Why do you expect him to file one on yours?

 
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brian2480
3 years ago

lawsuit link http://www.scribd.com/doc/56836292/Ivey-Tiltware-Complaint-060111

 
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bmpek
3 years ago

pretty apparent ivey is playing the three monkey bit with this lawsuit i saw nothing i heard nothing and i said nothing. other words he is trying to cover his ass when players ie suckers start law suits against the howard and his merry band of pros which phil was a major player.

 
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bmpek
3 years ago

pretty apparent ivey is playing the three monkey bit with this lawsuit i saw nothing i heard nothing and i said nothing. other words he is trying to cover his ass when players ie suckers start law suits against the howard and his merry band of pros which phil was a major player.

 
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bmpek
3 years ago

ivey is just covering his butt when all you suckers sue howard and his full tilt gand

 
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bmpek
3 years ago

gang

 
 

Arturo_Fuente
3 years ago

Lawsuit against FTP is NOT about US players. Surprise surprise it's all bout Ivey Ivey Ivey. What a jerk. If his case goes furtner it will only DELAY repayments to US players. He was the first one promouting this site and he is the first rat trying to escape sinking ship. No class, no decency. FTP fired back yesterday and for those who support Ivey please see what Mike " The Mouth" Matusow had to say about it. Sooner or later the issue of online poker will be solved and FTP will come back (under Las Vegas supervision). It is their best interest NOT to lose US poker players' confidence. It is profitable for FTP to pay back monies owed. As to Ivey - I have no respect for him.

 
 

DCottom83
3 years ago

That file against tiltware is because Ivey was not allowed to pursure other (legal) opportunities in poker. Not to cover his ass.
You know he did this because he has earned tiltware a ton a money. And they would not let him go. I know he has earned a great amount of money from them. But think about how much money they earned off all those players? And its a been a good amount of time since PS has payed its players. But the real question is why are people that stupid too leave a good amount of your assets on poker sites when its been years they were talking about shutting down sites?

 
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Zartan
3 years ago

Ref: Ethics of Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, et al. I've only met Howard once, so I can't speak about him. I worked with Chris and with Perry Friedman on the predecessor to Full Tilt Poker, and they are both ethical, classy people. They helped create Tiltware and FTP along with Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, and a few others. They're a good group of people.

As for returning funds to customers, the US government did not make it easy with their surprise seizure. PokerStars found a way to refund player balances, but it took a few weeks. I didn't have a balance in FTP, so I don't know the situation there.

I was amused by the reference to Mike Matusow, since 10 or so years ago he shut down a poker site and did not refund any balances to players or investors. I'm not sure he's the first person I would listen to about another site.

 
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xIcemanxx
3 years ago

Mike the Mouth? His IQ is 67

 
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tmfuller
3 years ago

I am very confused how boycotting the WSOP is going to help this situation at all. It just means we don't get to watch Ivey play, which is another blow to the game we all love.

 
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Arturo_Fuente
3 years ago

Yeah, I agree. We all love the game. I am so upset I will not see Ivey's ignorant face and two crazy old farts, his railbirds, at WSOP. Wow, what a blow to the game of poker. I will miss so much watching Ivey eating an apple while being blown out. I just want to ask this asshole how his law suit would help US players to get their $$ faster. I think I am not alone disrespecting the rat and that's probably why he is afraid to show up at WSOP. Oh, and one more thing he is affraid of - being arrested and listen ti his Miranda rights. What a hero. Trust me guys, he got as much as he could from FTP and now is trying to distance himself when the site is in trouble.

 
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WPS22
3 years ago

Wow he got what he could from FTP and now is trying to leave because they are in trouble? OMG that almost seems like he's looking out for himself. He must be the first human being to ever look out for himself. Usually no one is selfish and everyone just does what they think is good for the whole.

It is so funny that the only thing the Ivey haters can say is that he is looking out for himself? So fcking what? Do you guys not look out for yourselves? Do you go around caring about a bunch of strangers money before you care about your own? Has there ever been a person in the poker world that didn't put their own financial interests ahead of others? Ivey doesn't work for green peace, he doesn't claim to be a saint. He cares about his money more that yours. Just like you care about yours more than his. If any of you could somehow financially benefit from Phil Ivey losing everything he has, you'd do it in a heartbeat, why should he cry for you?

 
 

clunker
3 years ago

Lets see Ivey is suing Tiltware for more then 150 million $'s. Tiltware in a counter statement claims they offered Ivey ways to help be a part of the refund process by repaying the company a large sum of money he owes the company. How does this scenario make him a hero if it's true. And maybe he's not playing the WSOP if this is the truth because he is broke?

 
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WPS22
3 years ago

Yes Ivey is totally broke, you are dead on. You are very smart to realize this. He begged players to stake him for the WSOP but they refused.

Ivey probably has enough money to buy in to every WSOP event for the rest of this century and even if he didn't there would be a line of players to buy his action at a ridiculous markup.

You are also right that if you believe every word of the statement from the company he is suing, then yes, he looks bad. Maybe the company he is suing has an interest in making him look bad? No that can't be it, I'm sure they are unbiased.

The only thing I noticed about Tiltware's statement is that it came out about 12 hours after Ivey's statement. How come it only takes them 12 hours to respond to that but still no word on where our money is?

 
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robtr3
3 years ago

Here's a thought: how in the world does Phil Ivey owe TiltWare ANYTHING? Since Ivey is a paid endorser of the site, I would think that the payments from Tiltware to Ivey would be no more than the payments from Ivey to Tiltware. So, what, was Ivey taking markers or something? (I suspect not)

 
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Arturo_Fuente
3 years ago

How Ivey owes money to FTP? Simple. He is on a contract and got his money in advance. Now he wants out. So, he needs to pay back the difference. That is one scenario. There are some others. My ONLY question is - how his actions help ME to get MY money back from FTP. Would he pay me back PERSONALLY? Dont think so. His lawsuit will only delay payments (including mine). Asshole.

 
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WPS22
3 years ago

Why do you expect HIM to take care of YOU. Is he your mommy or something? Do YOU go out of YOUR way to take care of HIM?

If you want to find the only person that gives a shit about YOU, PERSONALLY, look in the mirror.

 
 
 
 

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