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Operating online since 2004, Full Tilt Poker is the second-largest poker site in the world after PokerStars. The site’s sponsored pros, “Team Full Tilt,” represent some of the most legendary and universally feared names in the industry, including Phil Ivey, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Howard “The Professor” Lederer and a host of other poker giants. Between their sponsored pros and the numerous site members winning WSOP tickets in various tournaments throughout the year, Full Tilt Poker maintains a strong presence in the WSOP tournaments and account for a combined 34 WSOP bracelets.
The Full Tilt online poker software is both simple to download and simple to use. Designed by poker pros, the software is smooth and robust and the user interface is catered to the needs of both the professional and beginning player. Full Tilt offers the new user a rich assortment of online instruction, an interactive tour, as well as both written and video tutorials granting the new user almost immediate command of the interface and allowing them to begin play within minutes of downloading the software.
Another plus to playing online with Full Tilt is that their sponsored pros are required to play on their web site a minimum number of hours per day and are easy to find as their screen names and the tables they sit at are delineated in red in the lobby. So if you’re looking to deliver a smack down to a pro, Full Tilt Poker is the place to be.
With well over 100,000 players playing poker online at peak-hours, Full Tilt has action for everyone from the frat boy looking to hone his skills for the house game to the hedge fund manager with free time and mountains of money to burn.
Full Tilt Poker hosts a variety of different poker games including:
• Texas Hold’em
• Omaha Hi/Lo
• 7 Card Stud
• 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
• H.O.R.S.E (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
• H.O.S.E (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
• H.A. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha)
• H.O. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo)
For the player who is looking for a little spice in their life, Full Tilt Poker offers a plethora of exotic poker derivations, in addition to the games listed above. Some of the more exotic games on offer include: Pineapple/Crazy Pineapple, Mississippi Stud, Manilla, Courchevel, Tic Tac Toe and Lowball Draw, just to name a few.
There is a rich offering of tournaments of every game type at every moment of the day with options such as deep stack tournaments and turbo tournaments as suits your mood. Full Tilt’s FTOPS tournament series is one of the most prestigious online tournament series with some of the biggest fields and prize pools in the online world.
For those players interested in live tournaments, Full Tilt runs a variety of satellites to the WSOP, WPT, Aussie Millions and myriad other major live tournaments.
Full Tilt Poker’s free roll tournaments are excellent. The tournaments are generally multi-level, with first levels running every couple of minutes and culminating in a variety of different prizes including airfare, logging and tickets to the WSOP; appearance on the Face The Ace television show on NBC and of course cash prizes. The cash prize freerolls run every couple of minutes and will usually have anywhere from 7,000 to 10,000 players. As such, you can expect to play for at least 5 hours and the total purse will usually be either $150 or $250 so you are looking at $12 or $18 respectively for first place winnings. It’s not a lot of money for so many hours of play; then again, something from nothing is an awful lot!
For The Beginner
If you are just making your first baby steps into the world of online poker, then Full Tilt Poker is the place for you. The Full Tilt Poker Academy is a free service giving the new player the opportunity to learn how to play under the tutelage of world renowned pros. The Full Tilt Poker Academy offers strategies on a wide variety of online poker games in the form of game-specific lessons, challenges, interactive classes, real-money online sessions and daily Podcasts.
In addition to the Full Tilt Poker Academy, you will find “play money” games running all of the time and of course there are the free rolls. You will find very good players on the free rolls and things might get a little harsh in the chat box if you make truly foolish moves, however, you’re not putting any money down so who cares...
There is one major caveat to the beginning player on Full Tilt Poker: the level of play in the real money rooms, and even in the free rolls, is amongst the highest online. As a beginner, you’re going to want to ease your way into the real money games and work your way up slowly. There are serious players at Full Tilt Poker and if you are not careful you will have your ass ground up and served to you on a sesame seed bun!
Software Graphics and Features
Full Tilt Poker software offers some of the best features and graphics in the industry, a large part due to the input provided by the professional players involved in the software’s design. The software is highly reliable offering clean graphics, smooth play, statistical analysis, multi-table play and a whole assortment of special features that enhance the player’s online poker experience:
• Clean graphics
• Smooth play
• 4 card colors
• 7 background options
• Multiple Avatar options
• Supports 18 table simultaneous play
• Time bank
• Top up feature
• Pre-determined buy-ins
• Log-in history
• Player notes
• Last Hand feature
The Full Tilt Poker Bonus
Full Tilt Poker offers a fantastic sign-up bonus for new players, meeting their initial deposit with a 100% sign-up bonus up to $600! Full Tilt Poker releases the bonus into the new player’s account in increments of 10% of the initial deposit up to $20.
In an effort to show their appreciation of their players, Full Tilt Poker offers Full Tilt Points to players participating in real money games. Players earn Full Tilt Points when playing in both ring games and tournaments with a maximum earned of 3 points per hand in ring games and 7 points/rake dollar in tournaments. Full Tilts Points can be used to:
• Purchase all kinds of cool gear from the Full Tilt Poker Store including clothing, hats, electronics, books and much more.
• Gain entry into exclusive Full Tilt Points tournaments.
In addition to Full Tilt Points, Full Tilt Poker offers a whole host of promotions including:
• Aussie Millions- Win a $14,500 prize package to the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event.
• The Big Little Tournament- Play for $250,000 with entry of $5 + $0.50 on the first four Sundays of January, 2010.
• WPT Qualifiers- Win a seat at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship Main Event and WPT LA Poker Classic in Full Tilt Poker’s WPT Qualifier tournaments.
• Big Money Sundays- Play for a piece of more than $1,000,000 in guaranteed prize money in the Sunday tournaments.
• Iron Man Challenge- Play for the chance to play 3 Full Tilt Poker pros heads up for up to $100,000 as well as exclusive Iron Man Challenge gear and other prizes.
• Refer-A-Friend- Get your friends to join Full Tilt Poker and make up to $100 per sign-up
• Fifty-Fifty- Pay $50 + $5 and play for $50,000 in prize money.
• The $200K Double Deuce- Pay $22 and play for your share of the $200,000 prize pool.
Full Tilt Poker offers neither telephone nor online chat support. They do offer email support and their support staff is very knowledgeable and will generally answer inquiries within a 24 hour period. In addition, they have a fairly thorough and well organized system FAQs.