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Full Tilt Poker Review

Full Tilt Poker Review

You may not have played at any of Full Tilt Poker’s tables, but chances are you’ve seen some of their commercials. Though Full Tilt Poker is a quality site in its own right, their marketing department has decided that poker celebrities will bring in more traffic than special events.

Full Tilt Poker Bonuses And Promotions

Because Full Tilt Poker has worked so hard to affiliate itself with all the major live poker events, much of their promotional program is dedicated to satellites that will earn you seats at these tournaments. The good news is that bonus hunters won’t be disappointed – the site gets new members off to a solid start with their 100% match bonus worth up to $600.

Full Tilt just closed a seasonal promotion that offered players a “fast $50” for completing any other bonus, but this promo is sure to be replaced by some other cash-oriented bonus (maybe even one of those rare reloads). Players that are truly desperate for some free cash can also exploit their poker-playing friends and get up to $115 for each referral. The site also offers an on-again-off-again promo called “Take 2” which earns participants an extra $25 plus double points.

Speaking of points, Full Tilt Poker offers a traditional player loyalty program, but the rewards are so-so at best; even the site does little to promote their clunker comps. They make earning these points relatively easy, especially with their frequent double or triple point Happy Hours. The downside is that regardless of your level of play you can’t get cashback for your Full Tilt Points. Points can only be used to buy site-related prizes and apparel or to enter FTP-specific tournaments.

That’s pretty much it for pre-play or in-play bonuses; every other player perk offered at Full Tilt is tied directly to special games and/or tournaments. Of course, if you’re confident that you can cash in at these big events then you probably are not overly concerned about token bonuses.

Full Tilt Poker offers several ways to earn a seat at the WSOP, and if you’re aching to travel then the site also offers satellites to several major international events. If online tournaments are more your thing they recently relaunched their signature online poker series which offers more than $18 million in guaranteed cash and prizes. Players that want to be seen can also currently win their way onto the popular poker show “The Poker Lounge.”

If you’re a tournament player that prefers cold hard cash to vacation packages, then you’ll still be pretty pleased with what Full Tilt offers. The site rewards more than $1 million in guaranteed prize money every Sunday, hosts a single monthly mega-tournament with a $1 million prize pool, and has a long list of daily and weekly freerolls. Joe Schmoes that want to play above their limited budget can get cheap buy-ins to big tournaments with the site’s Double Deuce and Fifty-Fifty specials.


Full Tilt Poker’s list of accepted payment methods is anemic, to say the least. Real money players have only four deposit options to choose from: Instant eChecks, credit cards, cash transfer, or Click2Pay. Many obvious deposit methods are conspicuously absent. On the upside, if you find a method that works for you then you can streamline future deposits by using the site’s single click deposit service. Withdrawal options are even more limited; players can only request a cash out via check or Click2Pay, and the check service requires a minimum balance of $100. Maybe that’s why the site also posts a “play free poker” button on their banking page.


Full Tilt Poker designed its software using a team of both software and poker experts, and the added insight shows. Everything about this package is player-oriented from the customizable lobby (and we’re not just talking about filters) to the lightning-fast hand speed. FTP’s software makes the site a multi-tablers paradise not only because it offers huge action at all hours of the day but because players can participate in up to 18 hands at once, and thanks to one of the best resizing features in the industry half of those tables can be viewed simultaneously without overlap.

Absolute amateurs probably don’t care or even know about the multi-tabling features, but they should care about the site’s dozens of micro-stakes tables and low-limit tournament buy-ins. Full Tilt lures in so many fish (on average 50,000+ and above 100,000 during special events) that even the Omaha, Stud, and mixed game tables have a steady turnover during peak hours.


Full Tilt Poker offers one of the very best game selections, non-stop action, and software so good it’s a shame it’s only available here. So long as you can finagle your way past their stunted banking service you’ll find plenty of fun and profitable ways to play at this promo-rich site.

Casino Security Technologies

Casino Security Technologies

With modern technology, casinos are better than ever at stopping theft. Effective casino security begins with detection. Every visitor is being watched before even entering the door of a casino. Regulatory agencies do not pity thefts in casinos. There are five modern types of casino security currently utilized by gaming properties across the globe including:

  • License plate readers
  • Biometric face recognition
  • Angel Eye
  • RFID chips
  • TableEye21
  • License Plate Readers

Any suspicious car can be removed from casino property before security even sees the faces of those inside. This is due to Plate Recognition technology in which a camera snaps a picture of the license plate of every car entering the casino. Optical character recognition software then converts the characters on the license plate into text which is compared to the plates of undesirable individuals.

Biometric Face Recognition

The second you walk in the door of a casino, your face is scanned by the cameras. In the past, manned security cameras would identify unwanted guests. However, biometric face recognition technology has changed this method. Dumb biometric systems detect human faces and grab a snapshot of every guest. Smart biometric systems take a snapshot and analyze the face of each guest and compare them to a database of undesirables.

Angel Eye

Even if the undesirable character makes it past the biometric face recognition technology, the Angel Eye at baccarat tables will pick him up. This equipment was designed to eliminate card-switching problems in Asian countries due to bar codes on each card. As the dealer distributes the cards, a sensor in the shoe tracks the cards being dealt and communicates them to a computer. Once all cards a dealt, the dealer presses a button that analyzes each hand.

RFID Chips

Many casinos are now implementing small Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips into their playing chips. These mechanisms broadcast serial identifiers via radio frequency so counterfeit chips will not churn out the correct waves. Other users include tracking chips borrowed to players for credit as well as tracking playing information for specific tables.


TableEye21 is a combination of many technologies. An overhead video camera tracks all moves and is analyzed by software and information sent from RFID chips. The output is real-time information of the cards being distributed and chips being wagered. Meanwhile, the software tracks a variety of statistics for the table such as rounds per hour; trend reports and the player win percentage. If a player is counting cards, this software will identify an odd trend.

There are many different types of security mechanisms in place at casinos. Technology has advanced so far that the bottom line is, don’t cheat you will get caught. However, many thefts continue to occur daily and many individuals go to jail as a result.

PlayerVerify, The New Way To Prevent Fraud

PlayerVerify, The New Way To Prevent Fraud

When a new player applies for an account at an online gaming site, a verification process ensues. The point of verification is to confirm that the player’s identity is not stolen and their address is accurate. This process is mandated by the regulatory authority that issued the license and is in the best interest of the online casino. Also, establishing the identity of the player ensures he is not applying for a second account or using stolen banking information or a credit card.

The Easy Way

The process is inconvenient for the player and online gaming site. Luckily, PlayerVerify has been able to ease the verification process for both parties. PlayerVerify is an online background service provider that utilizes hub and secure technology to perform the interaction between the casino and player via an electronic means.

Matching Information

A representative from PlayerVerify recently explained how the system works so quickly and effectively. The process essentially involves matching the information provided by the player with the information on their driver’s license, passport, or other forms of physical identification. PlayerVerify has created a system that allows players to upload these hard forms of identification.

The Access Code

When players apply for an account at an online casino, they send an access code that allows the casino to confirm the uploaded documentation. This method allows players and casinos to be confident that personal information remains private and secure. Another advantage of the system is that players can upload all documents to a single portal so information scattering does not occur.

Maintaining Security

The primary focus of the company is to maintain a high level of security. Therefore, the information uploaded can only be accessed by casinos when they provide the correct code. Also, the accounts that players hold at PlayerVerify come with a variety of features including the ability to see in real-time which casinos are viewing their documents and whether their account is approved.

Other Features

Also, players will be able to acquire a list of which sites viewed their verification documentation and the date when it was viewed. Additionally, players can lock specific documents once approved thus denying casinos from viewing them following the process.

The PlayerVerify system has added an entirely new level of security to the online casino industry. Once the word is out that the system is highly effective, PlayerVerify is going to explode with new customers.