Phil Ivey issued a statement via his Facebook page this evening stating that, because Full Tilt has not paid player funds back, he would not be playing in the 2011 WSOP and is suing Tiltware.
We have confirmed through Ivey’s manager that this statement is in fact real.
From Ivey’s 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 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.
Developing but more to come…read Ivey’s Facebook page here.
UPDATE: Confirmed from another source the legitimacy of the statement. Multiple sources say Ivey is “steaming.” More to come…
UPDATE 2: Now up on Ivey’s website here.