Ivei Won't Play WSOP, Sues Tiltware

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Just when it seemed that all the action and excitement about the starting of the WSOP was the biggest news of the day, one of the best (if not THE best) poker players in the world, the great Phil Ivey has shocked the whole poker world late Tuesday night. He announced that he is going to boycott this year's World Series of Poker and also sue Titltware – Full Tilt's software and marketing company due to the unsettled player accounts.

Ivey, who remained awkwardly silent ever since the Black Friday, said in his statement that he could not keep his silence no longer and that he must defend his reputation, which in his own words has been “dragged through the mud, through the inactivity and indecision of others”. Phil said he felt disappointed and embarrassed that Full Tilt players are still not getting their money back and therefore he cannot play the World Series as long as other players can't due to Full Tilt's inability to return the funds to their players. He also stated that is doing everything he can to seek a solution to the problem as quickly as possible and therefore he filed a lawsuit against Tiltware.

Here's Ivey’s complete 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 wholeheartedly 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.”

You can also read it on Phil Ivey's website.