Las Vegas, NV
Phil Ivey is one of (if not the) greatest poker player in the history of cards. In his younger days, he kinda looked like Tiger Woods. That resemblance along with his deft skills at the table garnered him the moniker "The Tiger Woods of Poker."
Last month, the DOJ indicted the major owners of Full Tilt Poker. Phil Ivey also owned a piece, but his name was visibly absent from the indictment. Ivey is one of the highest profiled pro on the website and had won millions playing the highest stakes available in the virtual world. Full Tilt had yet to return funds to their American players because the DOJ seized 9 of their banking accounts. Both myself, Nicky, and my brother all have money stuck in limbo. I dunno when we'll get paid and who knows if we'll ever get paid.
Ivey was pissed that his own website did not do a better job at handling the payout fiasco. As a result, he walked away from the richest tournament on the planet and decided to toss in a lawsuit to boot.
You can listen to a podcast I recorded with Nicky and Benjo... Episode 2: Ivey Drops Drama Bomb by Suing Full Tilt and Boycotting the WSOP.
And check out my post on Tao of Poker titled WPT? Phil Ivey Suing Full Tilt Poker and Boycotting the 2011 WSOP.