Ivey skipping World Series of Poker in protest of Full Tilt; sues


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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Poker's biggest superstar, Phil Ivey, has filed a lawsuit in Las Vegas in hopes of spurring his online poker sponsor to repay player funds in limbo since it was targeted in a federal gambling crackdown.

County court records in Las Vegas show Ivey filed suit Wednesday against Tiltware LLC, a company tied to online poker operator Full Tilt Poker.

Ivey said in a statement late Tuesday that he was filing suit to spur Full Tilt to quickly repay funds in customer accounts. Ivey, one of poker's most decorated stars, also said he would protest by not playing in this year's World Series of Poker. The series that started Tuesday is poker's biggest showcase.

Ivey's lawyer, David Chesnoff, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment from The Associated Press.

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