Phil Ivey Not Playing in World Series of Poker, Files Lawsuit Against TiltWare
Poker Pro Releases Statement on His Facebook Page
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.
Ivey 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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