Phil Ivey to Represent Tribal Online Poker in California
Phil Ivey has formed an agreement with a southern California Indian tribe to represent its internet gaming venture. Ivey will be teaming up with the Pala Indian Tribe which runs the Pala Casino Resort and Spa.
Online gambling has not yet been legalised in California, but there is proposed draft legislation. If the legislation is passed then California will become the largest market in the US. It would allow the Pala tribe to offer real-money online gambling to residents of the states.
In the past Ivey was the face of Full Tilt Poker. However, the site was closed down on Black Friday and since then Ivey has had to restore his reputation. Ivey and a number of other pros were accused of treating the site like a piggy bank. Following the closure of Full tilt Ivey went through a messy divorce with his wife Luciaette who lodged allegations of judicial impropriety in the handling of the case and it emerged that Ivey had donated money to the judge’s campaign.
In the meantime Ivey has launched his own website, iveypoker.com, which offers a range of educational tools and poker games. At the moment Ivey is in Nevada taking part in the World Series of Poker.