A statement was released to media outlets through Full Tilt Poker PR Rep Michele Clayborne.
What follows is the entirety of the email:
Subject: TILTWARE’S RESPONSE TO THE PHIL IVEY LAWSUIT
“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.”
Meanwhile Phil Ivey’s lawsuit was filed today in a Nevada Clark County District Court. The suit seeks damages in excess of $150 million. Ivey alleges in the suit that he had no knowledge of the company violating any U.S. laws.
You can read the complete lawsuit here.
Ivey will be represented by Chesnoff and Schonfeld in his case. David Chesnoff is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the United States and has previously represented poker players such as Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson, as well as celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson and the recently retired Shaquille O’Neal.
The majority of Full Tilt Pros have remained silent on the issue although Tom “durrrr” Dwan did mention via Twitter that he thought Ivey’s statement was “awesome.” He did reiterate he had no problems playing the WSOP, however.
“I'll be playing wsop. Feel fine about that morally b/c I've already said I'll give back 100% I ws paid by ftp if players aren't paid in full.”
The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.