Microgaming wins awards
32Red Poker fans might not be too surprised to learn that Microgaming enjoyed success at the recent 2011 EGR B2B Awards. Held at Chelsea Football Club, e-Gaming Review’s award ceremony is the established premier recognition ceremony in the industry, and rewards the top service providers and B2B operators in online gaming.
I’ve been writing for years about the initial global online poker explosion and the subsequent boom, and the game and this user-friendly format continue to be as popular as ever. Indeed with online gaming and poker rooms now enjoying ‘everyday’ exposure in the form of various sponsorship deals such as 32Red’s with the English Premier League newcomers, Swansea, for example, then it’s just as important to achieve industry recognition now as it was in the early days. Thus it should be reassuring to 32red players that Microgaming won the 2011 EGR B2B Poker Network of the Year award (as well as picking up an award for Innovation in Slot Provision).
Phil Ivey-Full Tilt: Round 2
Meanwhile, the Phil Ivey-Full Tilt battle escalated to a war of words following Ivey’s lawsuit about what he perceives as inaction regarding players’ account problems following the clampdown by the US Department of Justice.
Here is Tiltware’s rather combative response:
“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.”
The pot – I mean plot – thickens…
Good luck at the tables!
32Red Poker Ambassador
After the prolonged and conspicuous silence of a host of big name players sponsored by online poker rooms battling with the US, one of the game’s most recognisable and high profile stars has brought out the proverbial bargepole – in the form of an official press release on his website – with which to distance himself from the problems at Full Tilt.
Not only has he taken a stand on principle, supporting the many players who have been adversely affected by opting out of this summer’s World Series of Poker, he has also set in motion the filing of a lawsuit against Tiltware in relation to these account problems. For such a player to give up his chance of winning the ultimate prize in poker is one thing, but this latter action suggests Ivey is interested in more than merely repairing the damage to his reputation caused by his association with Full Tilt, rather that he is willing to use what influence he has to address what he calls ‘non-action’ regarding player funds.
Here’s the statement in full:
‘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 whole heartedly 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.’
It will be interesting to see in what way, if any, other top names follow Ivey’s lead.
32Red Poker Ambassador