Full Tilt Poker is Alive and RunningWednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Ryan
In terms of poker news, I’d say that in my opinion the rankings of the most popular news stories over the past year or so probably goes somewhere along the lines of including the World Series of Poker Main Event, the Big One for One Drop, Full Tilt Poker, and online poker as a whole. With that being said, the biggest news swirling in the poker world recently definitely has to relate to Full Tilt Poker, especially since the Main Event actually just came to a close and we saw a winner be awarded in Greg Merson. While Full Tilt Poker was shut down after Black Friday and was in the news for some pretty terrible things and an all-around bad situation, things have made a huge swing after PokerStars agreed to purchase their old rivals and get the site back going, and also pay back players.
Tuesday was big for many people for many different reasons. If you are in the United States, the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker may not matter too much to you just yet, even though you can still play for play money if you’d like to. The Election was currently going on though in the United States, so the battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was finally coming to a close. For the rest of the world and for the poker players in the United States, they probably had their eyes locked in on the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker, which marks the day that the ex-juggernaut in the industry begins its climb back to the top of the poker world.
As far as the real money games at Full Tilt Poker goes, it took until about the early to middle part of the afternoon on Tuesday for things to get rolling. They had their play money games going for a week or so, and while they got the site up and running, things didn’t go completely smooth right out of the gate. For around two hours or so the Cashier through Full Tilt unfortunately wasn’t working, and the other issue came along with the whole deal behind connecting players’ accounts at PokerStars to their account at Full Tilt Poker. They were able to link the two, but trying to transfer money between the two sites wasn’t working very well for a bit in the middle. Overall though, the kinks are slowly being worked out and the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker has the poker world buzzing.
As you may know by now, the entire site of Full Tilt is pretty similar to what it was in the past, which is nice. There are a few things that have been changed on the site, but overall Full Tilt still looks and feels to be the same as it was. The biggest differences between the current and the past probably relate to the loyalty program that Full Tilt is running. There is no Iron Man and Black Card anymore, and there is a completely new program that is called Full Tilt Edge. Players are going to work their way up through the ranks in this program from Bronze to Silver, Gold, Platinum, and finally Diamond, all of which depends on the amount of Full Tilt Points that you earn.
If you are able to hit the Bronze Edge level then you get to register for daily freerolls that cost 25 FTPs to enter, and for the players who get to higher than Bronze, you are going to receive cash bonuses that depend on the amount of points that you bring in each week. Diamond status players get to head into the Diamond Edge Store, and you are able to use your points there to purchase items and get cash bonuses as well. If you were a Black Card member at Full Tilt during 2011 at all then you get to start at the Diamond Edge level as well, and you get a 50-day grace period. As far as the Iron Man medals that were awarded from the old Full Tilt, those didn’t just disappear either, as players are going to earn 50 FTPs per medal now.
As you can tell, some things are changed and others remain the same, but as Full Tilt rolls on it’s likely that you’ll see that the site will continue to grow and improve through 2012 and into the future.