Full Tilt Pros May not be able to attend PokerStars NAPTMonday, February 22nd, 2010 by t2admin
Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars have been competing it seems since the beginning of time. The two are constantly battling for the top spot in the poker industry and rumors have recently surfaced that will divide the poker rooms even further.
PokerStars recently announced their North American Poker Tour which will be similar to the WPT as it travels North America hosting tournaments. PokerStars also recently signed a deal with ESPN. Now stories have emerged stated that Full Tilt has banned their sponsored players from participating in the event.
This is not a new scenario since poker rooms don’t let their players participate at certain other poker room’s events. PokerStars did not allow their sponsored players to appear on Full Tilt’s Poker After Dark for a short time and some of Full Tilt’s members have refused to play on the WPT for image rights reasons.
So poker forums have seen information surfacing that the Full Tilt Head office has instructed their players not to attend the NAPT. Gary Wise an ESPN journalist recently published an article which claimed the boycott was for real.
This seemed to get everyone riled up and according to a Poker News Daily article Full Tilt players can participate in the NAPT. In the article Dan Cypra the writer commented: “Any Full Tilt pro, Red or member of Team Full Tilt, can play in any competitor’s open event.”
So it seems the rumor could or could not be true. it could be a simple communication problem, but if the top two poker sites in the world decide to go head to head in battle it could change the world of online poker.