Play Poker was one of the most
popular poker rooms on the Internet. Launched in 2004, it continued to grow in size and reputation until it folded as a result of Black Friday, the US intervention aimed at online poker rooms and what the US deems illegal payment processing. Licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Full Tilt Poker was safe and secure to use until the Nanny State authorities intervened.
Signing Up to Full Tilt Poker
In order to sign up to Full Tilt Poker you need to select a screen name and an avatar and then deposit money into your account. You can deposit money via VISA, Master Card, FirePay, NETeller, via money transfer or via eMoney transfer.
Full Tilt Poker offers a wide variety of poker variations. They offer Texas
Hold'em, Omaha , Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Five Card Draw, Razz and a number of mixed games. Mixed games include
H.O.R.S.E., H.A. and H.O.S.E. and they are available in cash games, as well as tournaments. These mixed gamed stand for Texas H old'em, O maha , R azz, S even Card Stud High and Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo – E ight or Better. In addition to the type of poker variation you wish to play, you can choose your game between no limit, pot limit and fixed limit. Different table are available, such as full table games, shorthanded games and heads up tables. You can play ring-games, sit and go tournaments and multi table tournaments.
Full Tilt Poker was the first poker room in the industry to offer ultra high stakes games. It is possible to find games at almost any stake limit when you play at Full Tilt Poker. These ultra high stake games often attract some of the greats of the poker industry and it is possible to play games with some mammoth action and great excitement as players battle it out for pots of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The most popular high limit game at Full Tilt Poker is the $200/$400 NL Hold'em game. The game boasts either a heads-up match or a six-handed game throughout play. The minimum buy-in for a place at this table is $8,000, but it is not uncommon to see players buying in for $40,000 a hand.
Full Tilt Poker Software
Full Tilt Poker's software is compatible for both a PC and a Macintosh. The unique software boasts many innovative functions. It is stable and has an excellent points shop. The graphics are fantastic with different optional backgrounds, such as the Vegas skyline, the beach, a jungle, a ski lodge, outer space, plain or midnight and if you reach the last table in a tournament, you can choose the final table background. It presents animated graphics with cartoon-style avatars. You can make your avatar happy, angry or confused by the click of a button. You can choose your seat at the table and all the other players will simply move along with you. You can also resize your table. The lobby at Full Tilt Poker offers statistics to assist table selection, with average pot size, percentage of players seeing the flop and hands played per hour.
Playing at Full Tilt Poker you are able to select mini-view functions for multi-table play. It also supports the automated import of tournament and ring-game data to Poker Tracker. All of these features and function set Full Tilt Poker at the top of the industry and make the player's experience a more pleasant and enjoyable one. Full Tilt Poker software is free to download.
Unfortunately, one drawback is that no-download software is not available. Also their font used for player screen names and chip stacks is very densely spaced and the color (white on a black background) is somewhat difficult to read.
Full Tilt Poker offers a 24/7 customer support service. Unfortunately, this service is only available via email, however their response time is fast (usually within half an hour) and the quality of their responses is known to be high.
Play Full Tilt Poker boasts a team of poker legends and world-class poker pros that includes names such as Howard Lederer, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Clonie Gowen, Jennifer Harman, Gus Hanson and Erik Seidel, among others. It is possible to watch these players at their games or to join them at a table. When you enter the lobby of Full Tilt Poker, simply look for a table name that is highlighted in red and these are where the pro players can be found. Besides for these big names in poker, Full Tilt Poker is home to many amateur poker and casino players as well. In August 2008, statistics showed that there were 10,500 ring-game players during peak hours and 70,000 tournament players during peak hours.
Play Full Tilt Poker is offering 100% of up to a $600 deposit bonus for those who join the site. Every few months the site offers additional 50% deposit bonuses which betters even pokerstars.net and is similar to the William Hill Poker Bonus. Full Tilt Points can be earned through real money play and these points can then be redeemed for special points tournaments or for merchandise. Full Tilt Poker offers high value promotions such as satellites to major poker events and a daily guaranteed prize pool totaling $5 million every week.