Surprisingly, Full Tilt Poker is one of the largest online poker rooms available to non-US players even after their failure. I’m sure this is because they have some of the best software and features in the industry. The poker room was re-launched at the end of 2012 after PokerStars, the world’s leading online poker site, made a deal with US federal authorities to reimburse non-US players that were affected from “Black Friday”, and acquire the Full Tilt Poker company.
Although there was a period of time whereby Full Tilt had closed it’s doors to the rest of the world, it’s full functional again, and players have flocked back to the site in droves. The poker room is now regulated and licensed from the Isle of Man, which provides rigorous regulatory oversight for parent company Poker Stars and of course Full Tilt Poker in order to ensure the security and integrity of their games.
Full Tilt Poker has a huge player base to boast, the 2nd largest on the internet today just behind parent company PokerStars. There is often over 15,000 players online at one time. You have to say that Full Tilt Poker has the most impressive team of poker players under their wings, including Gus Hansen, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “isildur1” Blom – the final of the three superstars in online poker that makes up “The Professionals” to represent the poker room.
Software and Games
Full Tilt Poker is always busy so it doesn’t take long to join a table and start playing. Thousands of players are always on sharpening their skills. So finding a game takes no time at all.
The software is very user friendly, the look and feel when playing poker provides a great deal of pleasure and an authentic poker experience. You never feel like you are lost or don’t know what to do. You can also change the table backgrounds and player avatars that you use.
The poker room boasts a wide selection of poker games. For players who are looking to add variety to their daily game play, in addition to Hold’em you’ll be able to play Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Razz Poker and Mixed Games. in a variety of low and high games for each game.
All the available games that can be found in the game lobby are designed for players of all skill levels and stakes – ranging from the micro stakes which starts as low as $0.01/$0.02 all the way up to the big games, where you will regularly see the Team Full Tilt Poker pros showing their skills at the high stakes tables. There are tons of fish at the low limit games but you’ll find that the higher in stakes you go, the more competent players you will find who play solid poker so you will need to game select better.
Full Tilt Poker also offer you multi-table functionality, allowing you to play up to 16 tables at the same time. Plus you can expect to find all the popular features serious players would come to expect with a solid poker site including a well thought out lobby display and table customization options.
The Full Tilt Poker lobby has been designed in such a way that makes it easy to navigate and find a game. Even new players who are not very familiar with the poker room’s software will not have much difficulty with getting used to it. The filters located at the top of the lobby help you to narrow down your selection so that you can view just the games you are looking to play, whether it be ring games, Sit and Go’s, or other tournaments. There are also filters to navigate between real money and play money games.
The Find Player features located under the Request tab also comes in handy if you want to see if any of your friends are online at the same time and playing in any tournaments or at the cash game tables. You can instantly see what tables they’re playing on.
Full Tilt Tournaments
Full Tilt Poker offers some of the biggest daily and weekly tournaments on the internet. You also get your chance to play from a huge range of diverse tournaments with varying buy-in levels and guaranteed prize pools. In fact, FTP was actually the first online poker room to offer guaranteed prize pools for every tournament in their schedule.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer playing Sit and Go’s or Multi-table Tournaments, there is a tournament that is suitable for everyone. The $1 Sit and Go’s are great for novice players who are new to the game, but there are plenty of mid stakes and higher stakes poker tournaments to choose from, giving players the chance to win a share of the $20 million in guaranteed money offered every month at the tables.
Bonuses, Promotions, and Loyalty Program
Full Tilt Poker offers all players a 100% matched bonus up to $600. But that is not all they also run regular deposit bonuses every few months or so. You should keep an eye out on their latest promotions page to stay informed of all the latest promos.
Players also earn FTP (Full Tilt Poker Points), which you can use for special points tournaments or merchandise. As you play and earn points by playing in any real-money cash games, tournaments and Sit & Gos, you’ll achieve a higher Edge Status, and you will be eligible to receive higher weekly cash payments.
One of the best things with Full Tilt is the customer support, which really helped me out when I started playing there. There is no lie in their saying that they are dedicated in making you feel at home. If you’re unsure about anything as a new player, first make sure to check out the various tutorials and FAQ pages on their site. If those pages don’t specifically answer your question, you can get in touch with a customer service representative by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
*This Review was completely Updated 5/13/2013