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Full Tilt Poker Game Review

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Full Tilt poker has become one of the biggest poker sites in a swamped market place since its launch back in 2004. Most people are aware of Full Tilt poker due to it's advertisement campaigns, which are found both online and on the television. Some of the best players in the world play at their tables.

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History

Even though Full Tilt poker was behind the online poker 'buzz' it is still one of the biggest poker sites around, mostly due to its nonstop advertisement campaigns. From 2004, it has gone from strength to strength, and is now one of the largest and most popular online poker sites.

Traffic

Full Tilt poker is never short of a game, whatever time you decide to play. At peak times Full Tilt can have over 60,000 people playing in real money tournaments and 10,000 people playing real money cash tables, and this makes it one of the most popular websites on traffic. Like the majority of other 'mainstream' poker websites, the time when Full Tilt poker is busiest is on a Sunday when it runs its high guarantee tournaments.

Player Quality

Full Tilt poker players

Many high profile poker players and professionals play regularly at Full Tilt

There is no doubt that the quality of players on Full Tilt is higher than some of the other less recognised websites. Even if you play low limit cash games you will still see a variety of decent players. Full Tilt has built up a reputation for having tight-passive players, however, this is not the case for everybody, and you will come across some players that do not fit this bill.

  • Grinders: There are plenty of grinders making a living from the medium stake games, obviously this is to be expected of any high velocity poker website, but Full Tilt has a lot of the same grinders playing medium stakes games, which can make the standard tough.
  • High Stakes Players: From time to time you will see players enter the high stakes games without a clue as to what they are doing, but the majority of the time (especially on the high stakes cash games) the players are of top quality, and often involve at least one professional.

  • Professionals: Full Tilt poker offers the world's finest professionals. These professionals play on the website on a daily basis. Full Tilt has plenty of different categories of professionals including;
    • Team Full Tilt - This is Full Tilt's 'A team' which includes; Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, Jennifer Hardman, Phil Gordon, Erik Lindgren, Erik Sidel, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Allen Cunningham, Patrik Antonius and Tom 'durrrr' Dwan.
    • Full Tilt Pros - The pros are essentially the B team of team Full Tilt, that includes over 150 players including; Roland De Wolfe, Cyndy Violette, Carlos Mortensen and Aaron Bartley to name a few.
  • Friends of Full Tilt - There are also a few players that are friends of Full Tilt. These players rarely play on the Full Tilt tables but you may see them from time to time. These people include; the actor Mekhi Phifer, the tennis player James Blake and previous WSOP winner Jerry Yang.

You will always find one of these players on Full Tilt at various times throughout the day. Full Tilt poker has an agreement with some of these players that they have to player various 'low stakes' tournaments a set amount of times a month. This means you should not be surprised if a professional ends up in your game.

Games on Offer

Full Tilt poker offers all of the mainstream games, but does not offer every single game that you will be able to find on other websites. Like the majority of other websites, Full Tilt poker specialises in Texas Holdem and Omaha cash games and tournaments. Past this, Full Tilt does have a strong HORSE, Stud and Razz following, but you should expect to come across the same players on a regular basis if you decide to grind.

Software

Full Tilt poker software

The software at Full Tilt poker is about as flawless as they come. While there is the occasion hitch from time to time, the downtime of Full Tilt is less than the majority of other websites. The software is both smooth and quick, and its appearance is also second to none.

The preset layout may not be to everybody's taste, but Full Tilt has implemented various changes throughout the years which allow players to chop and change their settings.

While the Full Tilt software does not particularly excel at anything, it does get the basics right. The majority of poker players would prefer to have smooth running software rather than a lot of over the top graphics, and this is exactly what Full Tilt offers.

In recent years, the software at Full Tilt poker has been organised to allow players to layout their screen exactly the way they would like them to appear. Currently, the software allows players to play up to 18 tables at a time. The software also offers an in game hand re-player, different lobby views, and different table views. Alongside this, on any final table you have the option to make a deal, this is breakthrough for all online poker tournaments, and up until Full Tilt poker came up with the idea, it was an idea that was only used on the bigger sites for the bigger tournaments. The make a deal feature requires all of the players at the table to select the option, when it has been selected the tournament pauses and the leader of the tournament (based on chip count) specifies the deal that they want to make, if this is accepted by every other player then you proceed to end the tournament with the structured deal, or continue to play if you cannot strike a deal.

Rush Poker

Full Tilt rush poker

Full Tilt's newest contribution to the world of online poker is Rush poker. Rush poker is a great way to play as many hands as possible in one session. It is said that you can play anywhere up to 3 times the amount of hands per session than you usually would in a 'regular' session. Rush poker allows you to fold your hand before the action gets around to you, you then move onto another table to play your next hand, and so on until you have to wait for players to join your table.

Currently rush poker is proving to be very successful. Plenty of grinders and people that enjoy playing high speeds have moved to play rush poker instead of their regular games, and this is why Full Tilt continues to advertise rush poker in such a big way.

Promotions

Full Tilt poker offers great promotions to both new and existing customers. For new players you can instantly get an additional $600 bonus (which is released in increments). However, the clearing time is only 90 days, and if you want to unlock the $600 you need to play a lot of games in a short amount of time.

They also reward existing players. From time to time you will receive 50% deposit bonuses, but you do need to deposit in order to make these bonuses effective. These reload bonuses occur randomly, so you should make sure you are signed up for promotional emails if you want to be informed.

On top of the regular sign up bonuses Full Tilt poker also offers their frequent player point (FPP) program. Full Tilts FPP program is one of the better ones around offering tournament tickets, cash, merchandise and the out of the ordinary prizes like a mini cooper, and the chance to have your own avatar designed!

Customer Support

While Full Tilt poker does not have a live chat system in place it does have a very good customer service team that you can reach 24 hours a day via email. The Full Tilt Poker team usually answers any questions question inside 1 hour. There are over 15 different email addresses that you can contact with specific queries; this allows the staff at Full Tilt poker to answer more urgent queries quickly.

Poker Tournaments

Full Tilt poker tournaments

Full Tilt poker offers a variety of tournaments, from freerolls, all the way through to $25,000 tournaments. If you are lucky enough to play one of the higher stakes tournaments then you can expect all of the top players on Full Tilt to be playing, including the majority of the Full Tilt poker professionals.

While there are bigger 'regular' tournaments on the Internet, Full Tilt poker pulls no punches when it comes to big cash prizes. Sunday nights are the best for big tournaments; however, they offer much more than a couple of guarantees.

  • FTOPS: Once every few months Full Tilt poker runs the FTOPS (Full Tilt Online Poker Series) which is a series of about 30-35 tournaments that have mega guarantees attached. Currently, they are on the 19 season, and are guaranteeing 19 million dollars worth of prize pools. Full Tilt also runs the mini FTOPS which is a smaller version of the FTOPS, it is also on its 19th season and when it starts they are offering a staggering 6 million dollars of prize pools, available for lower stakes.
  • The Big Little Tournament: On the last Sunday of every month, Full Tilt poker runs a $2 + 0.20 tournament with a guaranteed first prize of $9000. This tournament is huge and usually pulls in excess of 10,000 players. This makes it a long tournament, but for just $2 you can win huge prizes.
  • $750k Guarantee: Every Sunday, Full Tilt poker offers its huge guarantee tournament. The tournament itself usually pulls in around $1,000,000 in prize pool returns. Entry to the tournament is $200 + $16, but you can get entry for much less in one of the many satellite tournaments that are run on a daily basis.
  • $1,000,000 Guarantee: Every month, Full Tilt poker runs a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The entry fee is a staggering $600+40 but once again Full Tilt poker offers various qualifiers throughout the month.
  • $200k Double Deuce: For a tournament in the middle, the 200k double deuce offers players a chance to play for a 200k prize pool for just $22. Once again this tournament is run on a Sunday and offers players adequate chances to win through satellites throughout the week.
  • The Doubles: Every day, Full Tilt poker runs a series of 'double' tournaments that allow each player to capitalise on a rolling jackpot for small stakes. Every day three tournaments are offered, 'The early', 'The daily' and 'The big' tournament. The tournaments have progressive jackpots which are linked to how well you perform in each tournament; for example, if you reach the final table in both double tournaments then you can take home 20% of the accumolated prize pool. If you win both tournaments then you can take home a staggering 75% of the jackpot, which is usually around 6 figures.
  • Daily Dollar - Every day for just a $1 entry fee, Full Tilt poker offers its players the chance to play for a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.

On top of all of these tournaments, there are various other guarantee tournaments held throughout the week. On a normal week, Full Tilt poker guarantees that it runs $12.5 million in prize pools, and this does not include any non guarantee tournaments.

Qualifiers

Full Tilt poker offers qualification to the world's best tournaments including the WSOP, EPT and WPT, however, alongside these tournaments you can expect qualifiers to some Full Tilt speciality tournaments including;

  • Poker Million: Full Tilt poker offers players the chance to win a seat to one of the world's most prestigious tournaments for free. The one player that is lucky enough to qualify wins a seat to the final table to play against the world's best players including; Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen, the winner of this one tabled tournament will take down $1,000,000 in prize money.
  • Full Tilt Series Poker Espana: Full Tilt poker also runs tournaments in Spain, culminating in a final tournament in Barcelona, which guarantees over $1,000,000 in prize money.
  • Aussie Millions: The Aussie millions has gained such a huge reputation that it now stands alongside tournaments like the EPT and WPT. In 2010, the Aussie millions had a guaranteed prize pool of just under $7.5 million Australian dollars, with the winner taking home just under $2 million. The entry fee to the tournament is $10,000 + $6000, but various satellites are run in the months coming up to the Aussie millions.

There are also plenty of other qualifiers run for various other tournaments throughout the year; however, these are Full Tilt poker speciality qualifying tournament.

When you compare Full Tilt with other poker websites you would have to mention it among the finest names. Over the last 6 years, Full Tilt poker has built up a healthy reputation at the top of the poker standings, and it will continue to be there for years to come.

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