Ivey Lawsuit Dismissed

July 1, 2011 - 6:33 PM EDT

Ivey v. Tiltware was dismissed on Thursday, June 30 2011. Online records Subject: Poker acquired from the Clark County Courthouse website indicate the case was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice by the plaintiff.

Ivey, a member of Team Full Tilt who owns a piece of the poker site, filed the lawsuit against Tiltware, one of the many companies behind the Full Tilt brand, on June 1st.1 The principal complaint appeared to be related to Ivey’s non-compete agreement, which the plaintiff alleged was overly strict and was preventing him from finding work.

The lawsuit was preceeded by a statement from Phil Ivey, complaining that his reputation had been harmed by Full Tilt’s inability to pay US players. Full Tilt responded shortly afterwards with a remarkably angry statement, alleging that Ivey was hindering the process of returning player funds.

But, on June 24th, we reported that Ivey had recently been in Ireland to meet with Full Tilt executives, where he appeared to be in good spirits and on good terms with his colleagues. This, together with the confirmed voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit without prejudice, suggests that relations between Ivey and the poker site have healed. Indeed, yesterday, The Los Angeles Times reported that Ivey’s attorney David Chesnoff said, “Mr. Ivey intends to dismiss his lawsuit as he believes Full Tilt is taking steps to see that the players are paid.”

This latest news confirms Chesnoff’s statement and provides further evidence that the business relationship between Ivey and Full Tilt has improved.

Edited on 7/1/2011 6:40 PM EDT: Fixed a broken link to the court records. Thanks to @propoker for catching the error.
Edited on 7/1/2011 7:03 PM EDT: Added last sentence.
Edited on 7/1/2011 8:37 PM EDT: Fixed a minor typo. Thanks to commenter Reed Err for catching the error.


  1. Subject: Poker has indeed confirmed that Phil Ivey has at least some ownership in some of the companies behind Full Tilt Poker.

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9 Responses to Ivey Lawsuit Dismissed

  1. Ed Bryant
    July 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM EDT

    The most interesting question for me is, What’s the deal with the allegation made by FT in their response to the lawsuit where they accuse Ivey of owing the site multi-millions of dollars.

    Were these gambling debts? Was the money the FT pros playing with even real? Sometimes watching Gus you would think it was not.

    Crazy stuff. Thanks for all the hard work getting this together.

  2. Larry
    July 1, 2011 at 10:54 PM EDT


    I was wondering if there was any update on when Ultimate Bet plans on returning processing withdrawls for US customers? If anyone has any insight, I’d welcome the info…


  3. eric
    July 2, 2011 at 1:11 AM EDT

    will ftp be open again

    • Roan56
      July 2, 2011 at 3:00 AM EDT

      Open for what? To take us for a ride one more time? But they will have to return what they owe the players. For now let us bury FTP and just wait for the refunds. If you still enjoy playing poker online, go 888poker or Party…these are legalized play sites where there is no fear of Black Fridays. Well, once stung is good enough for me to never look back on illegal or unregulated poker sites. It was reported that most of the ex-FTPians are now creating huge volumes of traffic in 888poker and party, and why not?

  4. BugleBoy
    July 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM EDT

    Whether FTP actually pay me the money they owe I wont be returning, once bitten twice shy.
    I wont be playing on Poker Stars either.
    888 or Party for me, reputable and safe.

  5. William
    July 4, 2011 at 12:11 AM EDT

    Do you have proof that Ivey owns a piece of Full Tilt? if not, I think that statement is pretty careless reporting given the standard you are trying to set.

    • Noah Stephens-Davidowitz
      July 4, 2011 at 12:57 AM EDT

      Yes. We were quite careful not to say this until we had multiple pieces of evidence.

      • William
        July 4, 2011 at 7:23 AM EDT

        I missed the footnote, my mistake.

        • Noah Stephens-Davidowitz
          July 4, 2011 at 7:24 AM EDT

          No problem. We’re fans of skepticism.

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