The press release also used the word “classiest” to describe poker players, which isn’t the story here, unfortunately.
What is the story is that Mansion Poker lied. Allegedly. Or as Full Tilt’s “Open Letter to the Poker Industry” claims, Mansion said something “untrue,” which is the same as saying they “lied” but without all the lawyers and crap.
Here’s the just-released letter from Full Tilt’s management:
‚ÄúOn June 9, 2006, Mansion Poker issued an inaccurate press release regarding their upcoming Mansion Superstar Challenge. The release stated that Team Full Tilt member, Phil Ivey is confirmed to participate in a series of elimination tournaments. This is untrue.
The improper release also stated that Team Full Tilt members Howard Lederer and Mike Matusow had been ‚Äú‚Ä¶hand selected to fill the all-important shoes of poker ‚Äúwingman.‚Äù Again, this is untrue.
Not only did Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer and Mike Matusow never agree to participate in this event in any way, they were not even contacted by Mansion Poker about participating.
A fourth member of Team Full Tilt, Jennifer Harman was in discussions to participate in the event, however, due to Mansion Poker‚Äôs obvious disregard for the truth and egregious actions, she will no longer participate.‚Äù
Let the games begin.