One poker superstar is taking a hard-nose stance when it comes to the way Full Tilt Poker has handled repaying their players since the DOJ seized the site. Phil Ivey released a statement revealing that he is suing Tiltware and refusing to play in the 2011 World Series of Poker until customers of the site get their money returned.
This is crazy. Since we probably won’t be seeing him around the Rio this summer, I wonder what will get his business.
Statement from philivey.com
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.
For a guy who loves the game of poker as much as Phil Ivey does, missing the chance to win his ninth bracelet must kill him. But it also shows you how strongly he believes in the cause he is fighting for. Wonder if it means more craps games, maybe he will even take his money to the slots.