By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Tiltware was not willing to just sit back and stay silent (which has been a prevailing tactic since Black Friday for the company) regarding the Phil Ivey statement and subsequent lawsuit. Tiltware, the software provider for Full Tilt Poker, released a statement Wednesday that paints a much different picture of Ivey’s involvement, or should we say lack of involvement, regarding actions the company is taking to pay off U.S. players wanting to cashout.
Here’s the statement which was released on PokerNews:
“Contrary to his sanctimonious public statements, Phil Ivey’s meritless lawsuit is about helping just one player – himself. In an effort to further enrich himself at the expense of others, Mr. Ivey appears to have timed his lawsuit to thwart pending deals with several parties that would put money back in players’ pockets. In fact, Mr. Ivey has been invited -- and has declined -- to take actions that could assist the company in these efforts, including paying back a large sum of money he owes the site. Tiltware doubts Mr. Ivey’s frivolous and self-serving lawsuit will ever get to court. But if it does, the company looks forward to presenting facts demonstrating that Mr. Ivey is putting his own narrow financial interests ahead of the players he professes to help.”
We think it’s safe to assume that the gloves are off, and the truth regarding the wildly different pictures painted by Ivey and Full Tilt Poker probably is somewhere in between the two accounts. In the court of public opinion Ivey has been seen almost as a martyr-like figure for boycotting the World Series of Poker, and potentially turning his back on millions in winnings. At the same time Full Tilt Poker’s name is continually being dragged through the mud, and players associated with the company have taken heat from fellow players early on at the World Series of Poker which kicked off its 58 event schedule on Tuesday.
The lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker that Ivey mentioned in his Tuesday night statement was electronically filed in the District Court of Clark County, Nevada, and can be viewed in its entirety on Scribd.com.
In the complaint, Ivey is seeking relief from a non-compete provision of his contract with Full Tilt Poker due to a breach of contract that occurred when Full Tilt knowingly engaged in illegal activity which led to the indictments of April 15th of this year.
The magic number, $150 million, appears in the complaint as the amount of money that Ivey claims as damages due to “lost business opportunity, lost income, and damage to his personal and professional reputation.” It’s interesting to note that that same figure, $150 million, is the reported amount that Full Tilt Poker owes to U.S. players.
Ivey has retained David Chesnoff as his lead attorney in the case. Chesnoff has gained notoriety by defending clients such as Doyle Brunson, Mike Tyson, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in high profile cases in the past.
We here at Rakeback.com would like to note that this is likely the first and last time you’ll hear the names Doyle Brunson, Mike Tyson, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton mentioned in the same sentence.
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