Mens de første øvelsene under WSOP 2011 startet opp med blant annet $25.000 Heads-Up Championship på tirsdag, ble pokerverden sjokkert av en redegjørelse som vil ha en stor effekt på hele pokersamfunnet. Natt til onsdag, Phil Ivey som er en av verdens mest respekterte og anerkjente pokerspillere i verden brøt en seks ukers stillhet rundt onlinepoker hendelsen Black Friday og at de amerikanske spillerne ved Full Tilt Poker ikke har fått tilbakebetalt sine penger.
Ved hans Facebook side og at Wicked Chops Poker har bekreftet at fakta er autentiske på at Ivey har informert pokerverden om at han ikke vil delta under årets WSOP, og at han har saksøkt Tiltware, program og markedselskapet til Full Tilt Poker.
Her er Ivey’s hele post fra Facebook:
“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 wholeheartedly 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”.
Denne redegjørelsen er nå lag tut på Phil Ivey's sin webside.
Denne nyheten har skapt reaksjoner gjennom hele pokerverden og kommer garantert til og ble det store samtaleemne gjennom hele WSOP. Pokernews vil gi deg full oppdateringer i saken når det skjer.