Archive for June, 2011

Woman Tattoos Daniel Negreanu’s Autograph on Her Lower Back

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

When Daniel Negreanu autographed a woman’s lower back at the 2010 WSOP, he probably didn’t think much of it. After all, when you’re Kid Poker, you probably get used to people asking you to sign their wife’s boob or hold their baby. But what might have surprised Negreanu is when the same woman showed up at the 2011 WSOP with the signature permanently tattooed onto her lower back.

Negreanu Tweeted, “This is real: my name and nickname tattooed on this woman’s butt. I signed it last year-she made it permanent.”

He was nice enough to include a full picture of the tattoo which reads “Kid Poker” and “Rio 2010″ above the signature.

Examining the signature, it appears that Negreanu did quite the hurried job when he signed this woman’s lower back. Had he known that it would later be inked on her back permanently, I like to think Kid Poker would have taken an extra second for this fan to make his name somewhat legible.

Let this be a lesson to all people asked to autograph someone’s skin; you never know when they are going to hurry to a tattoo parlor to have it embedded permanently before the ink dries, so be considerate and make the signature readable, you lazy celebrity!

QuadJacks Reporter Encounters Howard Lederer, Videos It

Friday, June 24th, 2011

“Agent Marco” of QuadJacks.com caught up with the elusive Howard Lederer last night as he left a restaurant in Vegas. Lederer, named The Most Influential Person in Poker earlier this year by Bluff Magazine, has been almost completely in hiding since Black Friday as his company (Full Tilt) has failed at reimbursing their American customers. Lederer reveals very little in the video, but it was somewhat surprising that he actually stopped and turned around to face the camera before getting into his (very nice) car. It is also rather surprising that he is out and about in public eye in Las Vegas, seemingly without any security (unless the short, heavy-set woman carrying leftovers is a covert security force).

Cooler City

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

It’s been an eventful past 48 hours for me in the WSOP. After getting the chance to troll Joe Sebok, I bagged up 51,400 chips and returned for day two of the $1500 NL. Around 340 players returned with 270 paying. Unfortunately, with about 300 players left, I ran Kings into Aces all-in preflop for about 80% of my chips. Thankfully, the villain didn’t have me covered and I was able to stumble my way into a min-cash before busting with J7hh that I shoved into A9ss. For the amount of chips I showed up to day two with, that was a disappointing result; but I’m happy to have recorded a cash at the WSOP for the fourth straight year.

I was right back at it in another $1500 event yesterday. And like the event prior, I built up chips nicely increasing the starting stack of 4,500 to 24,000 by dinner break. After dinner, I played a pretty interesting hand.

It folded to the small blind who completed to 400. I checked with 65 offsuit. My opponent led out for 600 on a rainbow flop of 973. I called. We both checked another 3 on the turn. When a 6 hit the river, my opponent led out for 2,000 leaving himself about 6,000 behind. I felt like it was a value-bet with a 9 and that if I shoved, he would probably fold most of the time. So I shoved. I was right. He wasted little time folded. But when he did so, he showed A3! I couldn’t believe what a bullet I dodged there. I definitely would have called if I was him. I guess he must have put me on exactly T8 or something because that’s just about the only hand I could have there that is beating him (I would have raised preflop with any pocket pair that I boated up with and something like 93 or 73 is just so unlikely that he can’t make that hero fold).

Going into the last level of the night, I was at 39,000 chips and feeling really great about my chances of making day two and recording back-to-back cashes. Then I ran into the Lady from Modesto.

The Lady from Modesto was on my left and had been running hotter than the sun all day. She showed Aces a couple of times and basically won every pot she played (which wasn’t a ton because she was fairly tight).

On the hand before the one I’m about to talk about, the UTG player moved all-in for 15 bbs. The Lady from Modesto re-shoved her ~60 bb stack in the seat immediately after him. She had another monster, Kings, and busted the UTG shover’s Jacks. On the very next hand, it folds to me in the small blind. I look down at Ace-Queen of hearts and tell the Lady from Modesto that I’m only raising because I have a good hand and that I’m too afraid of her to do so otherwise (I wasn’t entirely joking). I raised the 800 bb to 2,400. She dropped out a stack of high-denomination chips. It looked like about 7,000 or so. My immediate instinct was that she was winning pots and feeling good and wasn’t about to let anyone steal her blind. But being that I had a very strong hand, I moved all-in for 39,000 total. She snap called and said, “I hope you don’t have Aces.”

Yup. Pocket Kings back-to-back hands to bust two players. That’s how hot she was running!

It was just such an unfortunate bustout because I very rarely blow 40 bbs in that spot. She needed all of the cards to align for me to get it all-in with Ace-Queen against her. All it would have taken would have been one person opening the pot, me three-betting from the small-blind, her four-betting, and both of us folding (and I do think I would have folded after some eye-rolling). Unfortunately I was the first guy to open the pot and obviously it’s close to impossible to fold AQ suited in a blind-versus-blind battle.

Anyway, I hope the Lady from Modesto wins the whole tournament. She’s certainly got the chips!

Alright, gotta head over to the Rio for today’s $1,000 event. This is my last event of the series before the Main Event, so time to get all the chips!

A “Final Statement” on An Encounter with Joe Sebok

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Today was WSOP Event #28, a $1500 no-limit event. I got to the Rio an hour late and stood in a long line to late register. By the time I took my seat, blinds were at 50/100, starting stacks of 4.5k.

I’m going to spare you a lot of banal commentary on how I got chips (except to say that I did get QQ all-in preflop against KK and bink a Q on the flop to stay alive) because there’s more interesting stuff to report:

With one hour remaining in the day, I took my seat after a color-up break to find Joe Sebok, a guy who has made several hundred thousand aggressively promoting and defending UB, an online poker room that has twice scammed the poker community out of millions, sitting on my immediate right. I’ve monitored and written a little about Joe Sebok and UB so having the chance to be seated less than a foot away from him felt fateful.

I had no intention of engaging Sebok in some impromptu debate about UB. I’m here to play poker, not listen to the defense mechanisms of some delusional, spoiled manchild. But while I wasn’t about to try to engage Sebok in a debate, I was certainly game for some slowrolling, trolling, and other childish antics. And believe me, those things are childish. I have never slowrolled anyone in my life. I have never celebrated in an obnoxious manner after winning a pot, nothing. Anyone who has played any poker with me can vouch for my having pristine etiquette at the table. But tonight, I saw no need to apply that same level of decency to a guy buying into tournaments with the blood money from a poker community fleecing/cashgrab. My personal opinion is that he should be unwelcome at poker tournaments until he returns UB money to affected players and I was happy at having a chance to create that atmosphere for him.

A half hour into Sebok’s addition to our table, I got my chance to troll. Keep in mind a lot of the back and forth is me recalling from memory and paraphrasing. I’m sure Sebok has his side of the story and I’m sure that it differs from mine in it’s perspective.

With a stack of somewhere in the neighborhood of 27,000, he raised to 1900 during 300/600/75. With around the same stack, I called (in the seat immediately after him) with Ace-Queen offsuit. Everyone else folded. Sebok bet 2400 on a flop of Ace-King-Six. I called. He bet 4100 on the Ace turn. I called. He bet 7200 on the King river. I took a few seconds to count out chips and put in a call (I’ll explain later why there was zero reason to raise). Sebok insta-mucked his hand. I waited as long as I could to show mine, the table had to insist that I show (and I do have to, so I did after waiting a few seconds). I turned over my hand and clapped/fist-pumped right in Sebok’s face while saying “that felt nice!”

He said, “wow, way to be a dick.”

I said, “yea, I’m the dick here.”

Him: “Oh, you’re one of those guys huh?”

Me: “Yup, one of those guys who doesn’t like you.”

(Now, while this convo was happening, I was counting out my chips after winning the pot and crossing way over into his space. Like basically counting his chips in as obnoxious and obvious of a manner as I could).

Him: “Ahh… yup. Another internet forum tough guy. You guys know absolutely nothing about anything. You just read some stuff online and believed it.”

Me: “So why don’t you tell us what happened?”

Him: “Every time I try to, I get shoved out.” (whatever that means) “You guys know nothing.”

Me: “I know you blackmailed someone to protect your UB allowance.”

Him: “You don’t know anything about anything. That was completely made up. Aguiar’s friends even all come up to me apologizing for it and saying it was wrong.”

Me: “Oh WOW… really? Like who? Name one of his friends who has said that.”

Him: “All of them! All of them have said it!”

Me: “Okay, so if all of them have said it, it should be easy for you to name one of them so I can go ask him.”

Him: “All of them, all of his friends.”

Me: “Okay, so just name one of them.”

Him: “I don’t have to, it’s all of his friends.”

Me: “I just don’t see why you can say that but then not give one name of someone who has said that to you.”

Him: “I don’t have to, just go ask anyone.”

Me: “LOL… okay. I can see you’re in a deep state of denial, there’s no point in talking to you.”

Him: “Okay, tough guy.”

Me: “To be honest, I have to give you a lot of credit. It takes a huge pair of balls to not only show up and play these events, but to actually run your mouth at the table too! I honestly am impressed in a way.”

Him: “Good, I’m glad I could impress you.”

Some other guy: “Are you two friends or something.”

Me: “No… NO… He is not my friend.”

Him: [more stuff about internet tough guys who know nothing]

French-Canadian guy (to Sebok): “Man, it is so bad how you handle this stuff. You put yourself into a deeper hole because you just handle it so bad. I laughed so hard when you were telling a guy to confront you… on Twitter. Twitter is not a confrontation!”

Sebok gets real defensive and starts explaining to the guy that he was trying to move the confrontation away from Twitter to real life, but French-Canadian guy just kept repeating, “it’s so funny though, you challenge people to dual… ON TWITTER!”

Sebok was getting more steamed and defensive with the French-Canadian dude. By this time the banter between he and I had calmed down. I did notice however that he kept staring at me as if to intimidate me which is just so LOL. I’m 6’4″ 230. He’s probably something like 5’8″ (very short guy, lots of little man syndrome) and probably 165. I mean, it would require a whole new degree of stupidity on his part to do something physical. And we’re talking about a guy who has done lots of stupid stuff!

Once play was done for the day, he seemed to sit and wait for me to finish bagging my chips. Then he got up from the table at the same time I did. I thought he was going to follow me out into the parking lot. I wasn’t sure how I would have handled that other than just to be sure I wasn’t the one who initiated any physical contact (I obv have like less than zero interest in going to jail for trolling Joe Sebok). But a cooler Sebok-head prevailed and I never saw him again after walking away from the table.

Okay, for why I never raised that hand. I think first of all, now knowing he had air, you’ll see that never raising got max value out of him. Secondly, there is simply zero value in raising him on the river. PokerNews reported on the hand and acted like I was some fish for raising on the river, but PokerNews is painfully retarded and bad at what they do. There is just no value in raising on that river. He never calls with anything I beat because he knows I have an Ace there 100% of the time when I shove (getting no fold equity). And with the non-zero possibility that he had quad Kings, I gain literally nothing from raising. Okay, end of that rant. I was just annoyed that PokerNews and people at my table were acting like I was dumb for not raising. Not raising was 100% standard.

A final note to Joe Sebok: if you decide you’d like to make a real apology and return all UB money you earned to players affected, I’d be proud. I’m also happy to help in any way. We can advertise to our U.S. readers on how they can file a claim to get some of their lost UB money back. Would be easy to give like a year for all players with UB to verify how much they have on there, then you (and any other UB shills/affiliates) return all money you made to an account that is distributed to affected players based on proportion of how much they lost to UB. It’s doable and you should consider spending a few thousand on the right lawyer to help you with it if you value your reputation in poker at all.

Anyway, I made day two with 51,400 in chips which is quite good. I think average is more like 35,000 or so. We should be in the money within a couple of levels. You can follow me and my chip count updating account on Twitter if you care to follow along with live updates from the WSOP (pending phone battery life).

A Day Off in Vegas

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I took a day completely off from poker today in Las Vegas. There weren’t really any good tournaments starting today and I’m already registered for the $2,500 6-Max tomorrow (more on that later) so I decided to try to get out and “do something” versus gravitating towards a cash game table.

In Vegas during the WSOP, finding people to “do something” with can be quite a challenge. It’s the only time of the year you’re in the same city as a lot of friends of yours, but you actually have less time for each other than you do the rest of the year while chatting on IM. That can be very frustrating. It’s probably partially because of laziness on the part of poker players and partially because of the hectic schedules people have during the WSOP. There are literally so many tournaments to play and live games running that it’s rare for a group of players to be able to get together and do something that has nothing to do with poker.

Every year I’ve been out here, I’ve tried to make an effort to have a few days on my schedule that have nothing to do with poker. A lot of poker players are smart and entertaining people to be around. There are certain niceties of hanging out with other poker players that you don’t really get with non-poker players. Poker players have their own language and way of looking at the world and it’s nice to sometimes have the chance to interact with your own kind in a non-poker setting.

One poker friend of mine whose enthusiasm for socializing at the WSOP I have always appreciated is one of our poker forums members, Oliver ‘SwoopAE’ Gill. Oliver has a lot of energy he directs towards being a champion of scheduling plans with poker players. It’s nice to have someone asking you if you want to do something, especially when you’re usually the one doing the asking (and dealing with the lack of interest which is typical).

So today, I scooped up Oliver and few other Australians from their condo rental just east of the Strip. We made the long trip to a mini golf place during rush hour. Of course, we did some gambling on the mini golf course. With six of us playing, we decided that everyone would give the winner a certain amount except for the second place finisher, he doesn’t pay and the last-place finisher gives double. We also added a hole-in-one prop where you got a certain amount from everyone if you made one and got double that amount if no one else made at least a 2 on the hole.

Only one hole-in-one was made and it wasn’t by me. I basically played middle-of-the-road and didn’t have to worry about being the guy to pay double near the end, but also didn’t really have much of a chance of being the guy collecting the cash. Overall, it was a fun outting and a great chance to do something outdoors away from a soul-sucking poker setting.

It’s back to that setting tomorrow for the $2,500 6-Max event which is probably the hardest event on my WSOP schedule this year. I’ve played it each of the past 3 years (got 18th in 2008). It’s definitely a pretty tough event but if I’m focused and hungry for chips, I feel okay about my chances. An upside of the 6-Max events is that you have so much more room to spread out at the table. I really enjoy the chance to stretch out and get comfortable when you’re normally forced to sit as if you’re in the middle of the back seat of a car between two people.

In 6-Max, your table draw is very important. How much your expected ROI is affected between the difference of a good table draw and a bad table draw is a great deal more than in a full-ring tournament. Hopefully I’ll draw a table full of donkeys, but admittedly, there probably won’t be very many of those in this event.

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The Heat is Off

Monday, June 13th, 2011

A $1,000 no-limit event brought 3,175 players to the felt, including me, for a longshot, pipe-dream attempt at WSOP glory today. I tossed away a third of that opportunity on the very first hand when I raised with KQ suited and check-called an AQ9 flop, an A turn, and led a K river only to be met with AJ.

From there, I managed to remain a turd in the pond for a few more hours before three-betting preflop with KK, having two players call out of position, and shoving after their checks on a 995 flop only to see a 3 on the river doom me in. That was a bad, but good-bad, result for this event. Ideally, you’d win the whole thing. But short of coming close to that, an early bust-out isn’t the worst thing that could happen to you.

The upsides of the early bust-out tonight included: a.) getting to watch game 6 of the NBA Finals and seeing Dirk Nowitzki deservedly win an NBA championship, and b.) knowing I’ll get to wake up tomorrow and play the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event where I’ll have by far my best chance of winning a bracelet in this series. You know, like a 0.2% chance instead of a 0.05% chance.

That event lends a higher opportunity for WSOP glory than most other events I play for two reasons. First, and most importantly, the field size is dramatically smaller. The two events I’ve played so far this year have had over 3,000 players each. Tomorrow’s event drew a more modest field of 885 last year, a field I managed to finish 22nd in despite it being my first-ever live pot-limit Omaha tournament. The second reason tomorrow’s event is my best opportunity for a bracelet might be because of a higher overall edge against the field. It’s really tough to say for sure, but last year’s $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event sure did feel pretty fishy compared to the average no-limit event of the same buy-in.

One final small thrill of the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event is a higher density of pros at your table. While that’s theoretically a bad thing, some of those players tend to be quite bad, plus it’s always fun to play with someone you’re familiar with from watching poker on TV. I have a dream of one day playing a hand of poker against Doyle Brunson. Realistically, an event like this is the only spot where I really have much of a chance!

Back Among the Masses at the Rio

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

In previous years, we have had a separate WSOP blogging section. This year, we are condensing blogs written from the WSOP and placing them here. This is mostly due to a diminished interest people have in maintaining a WSOP blog. A separate WSOP blog section makes a lot more sense when you have a team of people blogging from the WSOP. Unfortunately, due to real-time platforms like Twitter, the traditional WSOP blog is dying a slow death. Poker players find less reason to sit down and write a nice blog at the end of the night when most of their thoughts were dispatched 140 characters at a time throughout the day.

But in the spirit of keeping the WSOP blogging tradition alive, I will be posting period updates from my time in Vegas in this space. If you or anyone you know is interested in blogging their thoughts from the WSOP, email me at cory [at] pokertips [dot] org. Provided your content is something our readers will find interesting, we would be happy to accommodate you with an audience!

Alright, moving right along…

I was fortunate enough to be among those participating in today’s record-setting $1,500 no-limit hold’em event. The field size of 3,157 was the largest ever for a single-starting-day $1,500 event at the WSOP.

With it having been nearly two months since I’ve played in a poker tournament (thank you, Southern District of New York!), I was a little curious to see how I’d feel at the table confidence-wise. Thankfully, I didn’t feel rusty at all. On the contrary, I felt very good and confident about what I was doing and quickly ran the 4,500 starting chips up to 8,700. Unfortunately, that would be my peak for the day.

I lost a few random pots including one where I unsuccessfully attempted to check-raise a TT7-6 turn after leading out the flop with QQ. I value bet the King on the river but was called by King-Six. Darn.

From there, it was a few hours of being card-dead and not really getting into any good situations before shoving 99 for 15 bbs and losing a flip to AK. I can’t complain about the result, though. The couple month break from poker has given me a nice perspective on the game. When you’re playing constantly, it’s easy to get attached to short-term results. To really be successful at poker long-term, you have to totally block all of the variance out of your mind. Poker is about making the right decisions regarding things you can control. You cannot control the cards that come off the deck. You can only control how you play them. My philosophy is play the cards you’re dealt as well as you know how, and don’t focus on the rest. Spending energy worrying about how you’re running is such a drain. Play good, block the rest out.

There was a nice buzz at the Rio today thanks to the presence of NBA all-star Paul Pierce in the field. It’s great when high-profile athletes bring their money to the poker felt. I’m always rooting for those guys to win. Additionally, I’m rooting for the players they’re seated with not to wear them out with annoying, fanboy behavior. When these athletes decide to give poker a try, it’s the responsibility of all poker players to make that a nice experience for them (outside of robbing them blind, of course). Put yourself in their shoes and think about the courage it takes for them to show up and buy-in to the WSOP. It’s an unfamiliar situation where they have a lot to lose and not exactly a ton to gain.

I’ll be heading back to the Rio tomorrow for a $1,000 event. Before I head over there in the morning, I have to check out of the Stratosphere. A few years ago, I lost $7,000 in about 30 minutes playing blackjack here (never betting more than $200 a hand; that’s running bad). They were pretty aggressive about throwing me offers ever since then. On this trip, I decided to take them up on it in an effort to see how many free rooms I can get while in town. I’ve got two nights waiting on me at TI next. I’m kind of skinning these places because they’re comping me based on my play when I was more of a degenerate and/or baller than I am now. But I’m okay with that. They skin people all day. Why not skin them back?

On that note, it’s time to head downstairs and redeem my $150 in free promotional chips! If you’re interested in shorter format WSOP updates, follow me on Twitter. And for more thoughts from the WSOP thus far, check out our latest Weekly Shuffle.

Phil Ivey Wins Poker Prima Donna of the Century

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Ever since Black Friday occured, one thing everyone in the poker world has been wondering is: what will happen to those Full Tilt sponsored pros that made millions endorsing the company through paid sponsorships/part owners in the business?

Well, in the case of Phil Ivey, we have some news. He’s going to pretend to be stupid, claim he’s the best poker player in the world, and demand $150 million from Full Tilt since he openly and unabashadely endorsed a company that everyone and their dog knew was in the DOJ’s crosshairs and well…finally got taken down by the DOJ.

Sounds harsh? Not really, let’s just read some of the highlights of the lawsuit. It’s only 11 pages so it’s not too tough of a read.

Pages 1-2: Bla bla, standard legal speak. Phil Ivey is not sure who he’s suing in Full Tilt so he’ll call the defendents Doe and Roe. Really Phil Ivey? You don’t know who runs Full Tilt. Interesting…but I somehow doubt it. Anyways, who cares, let’s read on.

Page 3: “Phil Ivey is a professional poker player, he has won Eight World Series of Poker bracelets, and is regarded as the best poker player in the world.”

Really? REALLY? The BEST? Cmon man, you couldn’t have said ‘one of the best.’ Lebron James doesn’t even say he’s the best player; he’ll at least  give Kobe and Dwayne Wade some respect. But considering every 20-something male nowadays with an Internet connection and a sufficient stockpile of energy drinks and online porn is some internet poker phenom, and there are tons of guys who came from nothing and are now multi-millionaires solely through poker, are you really going to claim you are THE best poker player?

Page 3 (again). ‘…Defendant would provide software and support for legal online poker and Plaintiff would endorse the product with his name and likeness’

Oh cmon. Are you really going to try to play the ‘Full Tilt is completely legal’ game or act like nothing happened in the fall of 2006 that may have changed the whole ‘legal’ thing…anyways.

Page 4: This is the beauty where Phil Ivey tries to claim he had ‘no idea’ Full Tilt was possibly doing something illegal. Point 22 claims he was never given notice that the DOJ warned Full Tilt it was doing something illegal and point 23 claims he had no idea about the bank fraud charges.

So, I suppose we’re supposed to believe Phil Ivey just had his head in the sand about the legality of online poker from 2006-2011 and never bothered to Google ‘online poker DOJ’ or spend $5,000 to get an opinion from a lawyer of the tens of millions of dollars he willingly took to promote Full Tilt? I suppose about the bank fraud he never bothered to deposit or ask anyone how they deposited or bother to think ‘hmmmm, some law just passed that was aimed at stopping people from depositing at the site I shill for. I wonder how we are going to get people to deposit at the site.’

By the way, in case Full Tilt chooses to dispute this by proving Phil Ivey had knowledge of their banking methods or the illegality of their business, they just kinda made the DOJ’s job a lot easier if they wish to pursue criminal or civil charges against Ivey down the road…just saying.

So far, through this, we see that Phil Ivey is so damn smart he’s the BEST (not one of the best, THE best) poker players in the world, but he’s too dumb and sheltered to know that….(gasp) the DOJ thinks online poker is illegal for Americans…and that (gasp) maybe just maybe Full Tilt is pulling shady moves to get deposits cleared since a well publisized law was passed making it difficult for people to deposit at online poker sites.

Page 5: Bla bla bla, he wants out of the covenant not to compete. Fair enough, Phil. If this lawsuit was just to get you out of that so you can whore yourself out to Party Poker or someone else, then I wouldn’t nominate you Poker Prima Donna of the Century.

Page 7: Here’s where it gets fun. In the Second Cause of Action, it points out how poor Phil had judiciously shilled himself out for Full Tilt, without any knowledge that the government may just think online poker is illegal for US citizens. Now he’s so connected with Full Tilt and Full Tilt is suddenly evil, Full Tilt owes him $150 million because people connect him to Full Tilt and say things on the Internet like ‘No F’ing way Ivey is playing at the WSOP’ and ‘I hope any sponsored pro at the WSOP catches hell until you (Full Tilt Poker) pays up’ (these are referenced on page 5). Yes, $150 million. Not $5 million or $20 million. $150 million. Because people like to run their mouths on the 2+2 forum and bash Ivey for being a Full Tilt shill.

You see, Phil Ivey is a good guy. He took millions of dollars from Full Tilt to promote them. He didn’t bother to do things like consider that perhaps the DOJ frowns upon Americans playing online poker since he’s just too damn busy to do a Google search, pay a lawyer, watch the news, or read internet forum threads besides the ones that bash him. Now that the DOJ has frozen Full Tilt’s money and they can’t pay Americans (unlike PokerStars who magically seemed to be able to do so), players are pissed off and are bashing anybody that took millions of dollars  promoting Full Tilt.

Because people are bashing Full Tilt and calling Phil Ivey mean names and pwning on the Internetz, it’s all Full Tilt’s fault…and because everyone knows Phil Ivey is the God of Poker and should be able to shill for someone else, Full Tilt should pay him $150 million because of his horrific internet pwnage.
Make sense to me!

Full Tilt’s Response to Phil Ivey Statement

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Full Tilt Poker has issued a response to Phil Ivey’s statement from last night and the subsequent lawsuit filed today. Here is the full text of Full Tilt’s statement:

“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.”

This is a very aggressive response from Full Tilt in both timing (the very next day) and tone of the letter. It is clear they have no plans to roll over and die as a result of Phil Ivey’s actions. Keep an eye at PokerTips.org for further updates on this back-and-forth.