Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Phil Ivey's The Man

Phil Ivey has evidently decided not to play in this year's WSOP. Why? Because Full Tilt, the online poker site that he represents, has still not yet paid any of the money they owe US players. Wow. A modern man with principles and integrity. This is a rare bird indeed. Here's what he posted on his facebook page:

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 whole heartedly 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.

Now you may argue that his act is naive and/or futile. You also may be disappointed (as I am) that he is forgoing a chance to chip further away at Phil Helmuth's record for number of WSOP bracelets. But you can't argue with his principles.

Phil Ivey is frequently referred to by many as the "best all around poker player" in the world. If what he says he's doing is true, I'd now argue that he's also one of the "best all around human beings" in the world of poker.

All-in for now...

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