On Monday evening, PokerNews brought you breaking news that Phil Ivey would not be playing the 2011 World Series of Poker. Not only that, he filed a lawsuit against Tiltware, the software and marketing company for Full Tilt Poker. On Wednesday, Tiltware released a statement in response to Ivey’s actions.
Before getting to the statement, we should probably let you know that Ivey has retained Las Vegas lawyer David Z. Chesnoff for this lawsuit, which was filed in the District Court of Clark County, Nevada, and can be viewed in its entirety on Scribed. Tonight’s Nightly Turbo did a decent job in putting the lawsuit in a nutshell: “Ivey is suing for injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and damages. The first cause of action, injunctive relief, is focused on Ivey's non-compete contract and making in unenforceable. In the second cause of action, breach of contract, it says the Plaintiff (Ivey) has been damaged by lost business opportunity, lost income, and damage to his personal and professional reputation all in an amount that exceeds $150,000,000.”
With that said, here is Tiltware’s statement in its entirety:
“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.”