If you’ve been too caught up in all the WSOP coverage and have missed the poker gossip – here’s a tidbit you can sink your teeth into. Reportedly, after having arguably one of his best performances at the World Series of Poker in its history, Phil Ivey is now knee-deep in divorce drama.
In 2009, Ivey and his then-wife, Luciaetta, filed a joint petition for divorce. With no children from the marriage, the agreement seemed pretty straightforward – the division of property and Ivey’s $12 million that he earned during their 7-year marriage.
In 2011, Luciaetta’s attorney, Bruce Shapiro, filed a petition that claimed Phil wasn’t paying the proper amount of spousal support. However, Shapiro looked to have the judge from the case removed for “potential favoritism” because Phil had contributed $5,000 to his re-election campaign in 2010, alleging that she was treated unfairly. Luciaetta also declared in the petition that her ex-husband ceased paying spousal support in April 2011, after the Full Tilt Poker domain name was seized by the U.S. Department of Justice.
David Chesnoff, the attorney for Phil Ivey, argued that Luciaetta didn’t have a case. According to Chesnoff, the divorce was uncontested, there were no children and the contribution was made after the divorce had been granted.
“The case is already dead,” Chesnoff stated to the Justices.
As to the stoppage of alimony payments, Chesnoff argued that the closure of Full Tilt Poker was to blame. “(Prior to last year) Mrs. Ivey made millions (from the divorce settlement),” Chesnoff said. “Tilt was stopped, alimony stopped.”
According to documents presented to the court, Luciaetta collected about $180,000 a month as taxable alimony from her husband’s Tiltware payment processor.
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