Poker Professional Phil Ivey Opts Out of World Poker Tour

Published Wednesday, June 01, 2011 -

The World Poker Tour has been getting a lot of press of late and it has become a focal point for poker players in America who simply love the game. Phil Ivey is the American professional poker player who has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. Ivey is regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world today.

The pro has decided to sit this edition of the World Poker Tour for legal reasons. Ivey has pointed out that Full Tilt Poker has failed so far to return funds to players after the Department of Justice seized the Domain names of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker with the predictable result.
Ivey is reportedly suing Full Tilt Poker over its failure to reimburse online player accounts following the seizing of accounts involved in Full Tilt Poker. Ivey, commented in a statement posted on his website, “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,”

Ivey said he made the decision because he was tired of waiting for Full Tilt to come forward with reimbursements.
"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," Ivey continued, "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,"


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