Poker legend Phil Ivey sues Full Tilt Poker

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After once being one of their most proudly-paraded spokespeople, it appears that professional poker player, Phil Ivey, has turned on his former employers, deciding to take out legal action against Dublin-based Tiltware LLC.

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Ivey has decided to pursue the case against the company behind popular poker website FullTiltPoker.com because he is angry at their treatment of their players in the United States. Tiltware have failed to refund their US-based players after the incidents that transpired on the infamous 'Black Friday', where several leading online gaming providers ran up against the US Government.

Ivey filed his action in the Clark County District Court in Nevada; he is seeking damages that exceed $150 million and maintains that he had no prior knowledge that Tiltware were in violation of any US laws.

The 35-year-old poker star issued a statement, which read:“For many years, I have been proud to call myself a poker player,”

“I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed that FullTiltPoker.com 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 WSOP 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.” he added.

Tiltware have been quick to respond the allegations labelling them as “meritless”; they also brand Ivey's public statements as “sanctimonious”, claiming that the only person that he is aiming to help with the lawsuit is himself.

The news has come as a shock to the poker community worldwide; both players and operators alike will undoubtedly be following the case with great interest as it develops.

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