Full Tilt Poker Review

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Very few poker rooms have made the headlines as much as Full Tilt Poker in the past few years. Of course, this has not always been for positive reasons. In 2012, Full Tilt returned to the Rest of the World market backed by The Rational Group, who also operate Pokerstars. The original home of RUSH Poker, the FTOPS series and Matrix Poker is back! Here we review the new Full Tilt Poker: 

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Full Tilt Poker

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Full Tilt Poker Review - Overall 8 out of 10

Although many of the Full Tilt promotions have changed since Black Friday, the takeover by Pokerstars has added a new sense of respectability to one of the original giants of online poker. As Pokerstars were cleared of wrongdoing by the DOJ in their management of player deposits, Full Tilt players can enjoy a renewed feeling of security. Full Tilt players can also enjoy the generous Edge Rewards scheme, which gives cash bonuses for those who accrue high levels of Full Tilt Points on a consistent basis.  

With high quality software, Full Tilt Poker ranks highly for reliability and excellent design. Full Tilt is widely credited with many innovations in online poker, including the original Rush Poker and Matrix Poker features. Rush poker allows for online grinders to 'quick fold' their way through many more hands than would be possible on standard tables, hence increasing the win rate of successful players. Meanwhile, Matrix Poker allows Sit and Go players to play four simultaneous SNGs against the same group of players. This is an excellent arena for players on short bankrolls looking to reduce bankrolls and enhance their multi-tabling skills. 

Navigation is particularly easy in the Full Tilt Poker lobby. Clear buttons are laid out to select either Ring Games, Tournaments, SNGs or Rush Poker. Further options can be clicked to select your preferred game type - with a vast choice between Hold 'Em (Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit), Omaha, Stud, HORSE, Courchevel, Irish, Razz and more. Further filtering can be enabled to select your favoured stake or buy-in level.

As a very well-publicised and long-established poker room, Full Tilt has a healthy distribution of strong and weak players at the lower levels. Something worth noting for mixed game specialists is that Full Tilt promote a variety of games via their 'Game of the Week' promotion. Players can gain discounted tournament tickets and earn double Full Tilt points by playing in the Game of the Week, meaning that there are often inexperienced players at the mixed game tables. Omaha, Stud and HORSE sharks: this is the place for you!

Player Rewards – Edge Rewards and Black Card – 10 out of 10

The famous Edge Rewards program gives weekly cash payments to players who earn enough Full Tilt Points on a weekly basis. There are several levels of Edge, with higher rewards paid as you ascend them. At the highest point, you become eligible for Black Card status, which pays a the most favourable rate and has a huge amount of VIP benefits. There are many other promotions offered to make sure you make the most of your FTP points.

- FTP Store - exchange your points for tournaments or ring game tickets
- Early Bird - first players to register for an SNG earn double points
- Happy Hour - double points earned during the slowest hour of site traffic
- Game of the Week - playing the weekly featured game earns double points

Tournaments - 8 out of 10

Although there was some opposition to Full Tilt's decision to scrap some of their famous tournaments from the pre Black Friday era, they have reinforced the schedule with many new games. There are many guaranteed regular tournaments at every buy-in level. For the high rollers, Full Tilt offer:

- $350,000 Guarantee
- Big Little Tournament - $50,000 guaranteed for only $2 buy-in
- BIG MONEY SUNDAY - $1,000,000 in guarantees every Sunday
- Double Deuce - $22 tournament with over $100,000 guaranteed
- FTOPS Series - Millions of guraranteed prize money in a massive tournament series. 
- Friday Night Fights - $30,000 Guaranteed KO Tournament
- Sunday Brawl - $200,000 Guaranteed KO Tournament

Training - 5 out of 10

Full Tilt Poker have taken the step of introducing skill segregation in 'New to the Game' tournaments and ring games. Players who have played a small amount of each type of game are eligible to play other players meeting these criteria in separate games. Moreover, Full Tilt Poker shows commitment to teaching beginners with some basic strategy guides on their external website. Unfortunately, the vast Full Tilt Academy has been removed due to many of the videos featuring former pros or shamed members of the old Team Full Tilt. 

Traffic – 7 out of 10

The player opinions on traffic vary depending on what sort of player you ask. The most popular ring games retain a healthy population of tournament and cash game players, but other corners of the site suffer from low traffic. Non hold-em games, matrix SNGs and mid stakes cash games are particularly affected. Meanwhile, several of the low buy-in daily tournaments regularly fail to meet their guarantees.

Deposits/Withdrawals – 9 out of 10

The major deposit and withdrawal methods are available. Full Tilt allows deposits and withdrawals by VISA, Mastercard, NETELLER, uKash, Skrill, paysafecard, entropay and Local Bank Transfer. This is a healthy array of options. Withdrawals by Local Bank Transfer usually take 3 days to be credited. 


Full Tilt Poker Highlights

  • Funds safe with The Rational Group
  • $10 FREE for new players
  • Original home of RUSH Poker
  • Generous Edge Rewards scheme
  • $350k Guaranteed every Sunday
  • Full Tilt and Pokerstars Money Transfers
  • Home of Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom
  • Player search facility

Additional Notes

  • Internal player search
  • Transfers funds between FTP and Pokerstars
  • Satellites to EPT and NAPT
  • SNG and Tournament Leaderboards

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