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.