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Scott Matusow Blasts Phil Ivey Over Full Tilt Poker Lawsuit, Being Disingenuousness

Written by:
Patrick Flanigan
Published on:
Jun/04/2011
Scott Matusow Blasts Phil Ivey

In his self-named blog, Scott Matusow lashed out at poker pro Phil Ivey for his highly publicized lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker.  The complaint seeks $150 million in damages following Full Tilt’s abrupt exit from the US market after an indictment against the company was unsealed on April 15.  Full Tilt is charged with money laundering and bank fraud. 

Matusow claims, among other things, that Ivey is:

*Disingenuous and seemingly only out for himself under the guise of trying to stand up for poker players,

*Endangering the payout process for those FTP players still owed monies since April 15 “Black Friday”,

*Only out for himself and does not give a shit about players.

Ivey, one of the winningest men in poker, essentially wants out of his contract and got the ball rolling by issuing this statement earlier in the week:

 “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.”The above statement has to be the most disgenious drivel I have ever read before. While I respect Ivey for looking out for his own interest here. I DO NOT RESPECT IVEY because he claims to care about the players who have not yet been paid”

Matusow had this to offer:

Nothing Ivey is doing now is for your own good, for you guys to get paid. In fact, in my opinion, this can only hurt FTP’s effort to ensure you all get paid sooner than later.

Scott Matusow doesn’t exactly let Full Tilt Poker off the hook.  He states that FTP’s public relations department “sucks monkey puckey” and we at Gambling911.com tend to agree with that sentiment. 

- Patrick Flanagan, Gambling911.com

 

 

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