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Phil Ivey Returns To Full Tilt Poker Cash Games

Poker Pro Sits Down This Week After Last Playing On Site In April 2011


Professional gambler Phil Ivey is back on the Full Tilt Poker software after not playing on it since the Black Friday indictments in April 2011.

Card Player obtained a copy of a Full Tilt email that was recently sent out to the site’s high-stakes players informing them that Ivey changed his screen name to “Polarizing”. Since returning to the virtual felt this week, Ivey has won about $114,000, according to HighstakesDB.

Full Tilt is now owned by PokerStars, after a July settlement with the federal government.

Ivey, the biggest winner in online poker history, represented Full Tilt when it allegedly was defrauding its customers out of millions. Unlike four of his former colleagues, Ivey was never accused of a crime in the matter. However, reports surfaced which accused him, and many former members of the site, of borrowing heavily and not repaying the debt.

The U.S. government said that the site was essentially broke when it closed its doors.

The New Jersey native returned to the World Series of Poker this past summer after taking 2011 off in the wake of the scandal. Ivey also filed suit against Tiltware LLC that spring, seeking $150 million in “injunctive relief, declaratory relief and damages.” The suit was later dropped.

The 36-year-old was a poker star before nosebleed Internet cash games came into existence, but when he started playing them his career seemed to really flourish. According to his lifetime Full Tilt graph on HighstakesDB, Ivey rarely went on a downswing.


About a year and a half after severing ties with Full Tilt, news broke that he’s now involved with an Ivey-branded “social poker game.” Real-money web poker in the U.S. is only legal in Nevada and Delaware, but other jurisdictions could open up to the business in 2013.

Ivey is widely regarded as poker’s best all-around player.

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almost 5 years ago

How is a "New Jersey native" Phil Ivey able to circumvent PokerStars Online Poker Software Terms of Service?

Specifically: 5.11. Persons located in or residents of the United States and the United States Territories (the “Prohibited Jurisdictions”) are not permitted to make deposits into their accounts or engage in real-money play. Any attempt to circumvent the restrictions on play by any persons located in a Prohibited Jurisdiction or Restricted Jurisdiction , is a breach of this Agreement. 8. BREACH
8.1. Without prejudice to any other rights, if a User breaches in whole or in part any provision contained herein, PokerStars or any other company within the Group which provides services to the User reserves the right to take such action as it sees fit, including terminating this Agreement or any other agreement in place with the User, immediately blocking the User’s access to the Service or to any other service offered by the Group, terminating such User's account on the Site or on any other site operated by the Group, seizing all monies held in the User’s account on the Site or on any other site operated by the Group and/or taking legal action against such User.

Why is Phil Ivey exempt from PokerStars rules, and I can't log into my account to play for real money when I visit relatives in Canada?
Is it possible to have dual residency in both the USA AND Canada and play on Stars? Any guidelines on how to do this would be appreciated. Thank you.