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Full Tilt Poker Opens For Play Money; Non-US Players Can View Balances

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker is set to fully relaunch on Nov. 6, but on Wednesday players were given a glimpse of things to come when the former online poker Goliath opened its doors slightly and allowed players to sit down at the play-money tables, view their balances and even transfer their funds to PokerStars.

The news first broke on the popular Two Plus Two forums when the Full Tilt Poker poker room manager, Shyam Markus, posted in the Internet Poker forum that the game software was available for downloading. Markus also posted links to the upcoming Deal Me In promotion and the Edge rewards scheme that will come into force when the full relaunch takes place.

Cosmetically, the site looks almost exactly as it did on that fateful day when the curtain came down and players were locked out of their accounts, that is with the exception of the new images of The Professionals Viktor Blom, Tom Dwan and Gus Hansen on the various screens.

Also new is the “Transfer to PokerStars” button in the cashier, which was inactive at the time of the software going live again, but many players are reporting they have been successful in pairing their Full Tilt Poker account with their PokerStars account and transferring their balances across, whilst others are being greeted with a message stating this feature will not be active until Nov. 6. For those non-U.S. players who have had their balances tied up for 16 months, this transfer feature will feel like a godsend to them, especially those who had large balances or whose balance represented a large percentage of their bankroll.

In the Two Plus Two thread, Markus stated “the next few days are more of a beta test than anything” as the Full Tilt Poker team blow the cobwebs from the software and begin rolling out some new features. Some of these features include an “Add Table” option for heads-up cash game and SNG players that will open a new heads-up table with both players on it to make multitabling against the same opponent easier, new ring game auto buy-in options, and new preferred seat selection.

Since the mini-relaunch, players from regulated markets such as Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France and Spain (but not Italy), where Full Tilt Poker will not be operating in the first instance, have been reporting they can pair their Full Tilt Poker account with their PokerStars account and withdraw their funds. However, players from the U.S. have been greeted with balances of $0.00 when they log in to their accounts, though their Full Tilt Points balances are intact. Players from the U.S. will have to wait until the Department of Justice facilitates the repayment of their account balances.

In the buildup to the full relaunch of Full Tilt Poker, PokerNews will be bringing you all the news, views and reactions to what is a massive day for online poker. Keep your browsers locked to to keep up to date with the latest goings on from the Full Tilt Poker camp.

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  • BadBeatDan BadBeatDan

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me? So, tell me again how us US folk are getting our money back? Hym... I think pokerstars is making a mistake to keep FTP skin and name going, it's too tainted IMO. They should name it Full *hit poker or something like that. I'm just saying.

  • elron66 elron66

    I've been curious since the re-launch was announced, why? I'm having a hard time understanding why anyone in the poker world will trust the name "Full Tilt Poker" anymore. More importnatly, I'm having a harder time understanding why a new poker player, whose only real experience with "Full Tilt Poker" is from news stories on the "Ponzi scheme," will choose to play there. In short, it seems to me that "Full Tilt Poker" is a poker brand that is tainted by a scandal where they TOOK PLAYERS MONEY FOR THEIR OWN USE. Poker may well be a "frontier" in terms of morality, but stealing from players never has, and never will be, an action that players will easily forgive.

    Don't get me wrong ... I understand the value of the brand from the perspective of PokerStars as far as the purchase is concerned. The customer base represented by Full Tilt was huge, and those people will tend to play with PokerStars once their accounts are open again, and they will generate significant good-will amongst those players as funds become available. The Tiltware software, I gather, is the best software in the business ... I don't have first hand knowledge of that (and frankly find the PokerStars software generally excellent from a user perspective), but people who are more familiar with the software agree it's the best, and I'm happy to go with that.

    So to be clear, I see the value in much of the "assets" of Full Tilt Poker. The user base and the software will have huge value to PokerStars, and so I completely see why they wanted to buy a "Tainted brand" such as Full Tilt. What I can't understand is why they ar keeping the BRAND. The user base could easily have been directed to the PokerStars branded site for play, and the software could easily be re-branded with the PokerStars name and skins. PokerStars COULD have acquired all the assets of Full Tilt, and used them to further their own brand, and I'm mystified why, instead, they'd choose to re-invent a brand that every poker player in the world associates with the phrase "stole player money."

    I totally get why PokerStars might want Full Tilt's customer base, and their software. That makes solid business sense. What makes much less sense to me is why they'd keep a name that will be forever associated with fraud over player funds, probably the worst sin a poker site can commit.

  • Keithwoernle Keithwoernle

    Such a great feeling once the software loaded

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