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Phil Ivey: "I am not playing in the World Series of Poker"

Tags: 2011 wsop, black friday, phil ivey, press release.
Posted on 01 June 2011 by "T".

Phil Ivey, who many consider the best poker player in the world, has finally spoken out on Black Friday. In a press release that was released on May 30th, Phil writes that he's very disappointed that Full Tilt players still haven't received their money since Black Friday and therefore he has decided not to take part in the 2011 WSOP. But that's not all. Phil has also filed a lawsuit against Tiltware, the company that handles Full Tilt Poker's withdrawals, and he's working day and night to solve the problem.

Phil Ivey's press release (full version): 
"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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13 comments on "Phil Ivey: "I am not playing in the World Series of Poker""

 Fakiry01/06/2011 15:00:40 GMT
This is a very complex statement to analyse. At a first view, the reader can feel satisfied for watching a pro talking in the name of other players, and caring for their rights. But, when realizing he is sponsored by that company, he is someone from the inside. Why would he talk against his boss if his situation is solved? It looks like he is talking as a union leader... On the other side, one cant forget that this can be an arranged statement and if FTP solves this situation in a couple of days/weeks, the room will get even more publicity than already has - which will certainly bring more money to the company.
 SuperNoob01/06/2011 15:19:59 GMT
wow he filed a lawsuit against the company sponsoring him , indeed a very bold move from him which might hav bad consequences for him. but lets see whether it leads to any action from fulltilt.
 starbay01/06/2011 15:25:49 GMT
well i say well done to phil ivey,if other pros stood up alongside him and done the same,we might see some action on the problem Worship
 JoolieB01/06/2011 16:35:54 GMT
come on people, we supported their playing with our deposits, and thats why he's not playing
 BeMyATMplz01/06/2011 17:07:10 GMT
Phil Ivey Worship
 B1gfoot01/06/2011 17:08:32 GMT
His complaint is with Tiltware not fulltilt.
Not playing the WSOP means nothing, and to say he is not playing due to outhers not being able to is a bunch of crap, this is IMO is a "I want my money, I have power and influence" remark so he gets his.
He talks of being a poker player yet this whole statement is about a payment process, no mention of the situation itself, and talks on behalf of all poker players WTF!!...only took a short while to open your trap Phil and still have said very little.
Stupid statment.
 GIOMi601/06/2011 22:45:37 GMT
Well it is true FTP did not start paying US based players their money, but PS already did, why could PS refund and FTP not ?
 LooseKiddie02/06/2011 16:21:20 GMT
Well, it's a litlle bid weird statement, as B1gfoot said. I like him, but I also think that not playing in the WSOP won't hurt anyone at all. It also looks like he is fighting for his money, but well... we can't be sure, can we? I don't like to assume that someone is selfish etc., so I also don't think that way, but it's how it looks for me. It may help other US players, so it isn't so stupid. The stupid thing here is what GIOMi mentioned - PS could pay US players, FTP can't.
 vukas02/06/2011 23:02:30 GMT
Nice move mister Ivey
 shokaku03/06/2011 04:47:04 GMT
Posted by GIOMi6:
Well it is true FTP did not start paying US based players their money, but PS already did, why could PS refund and FTP not ?

Simple. Pokerstars has the money and Full Tilt doesn't. They are trying to raise money now at the WSOP. Confused
I guess this is the first step for Ivey to move to another poker room.
 Jibberish03/06/2011 18:23:12 GMT
 vip7vip7vip03/06/2011 20:45:51 GMT
Maybe is bored of poker who knows Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile .
Anway it is asam i wold want to see him.
I hope Negreanu will win
 bubuanca05/06/2011 10:08:44 GMT
fair play just a game

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