Full Tilt launched in 2004 and enjoyed a brief period of prosperity until the site unfortunately crashed as a result of Black Friday in 2011. The company was unable to fully repay players who had lost funds though the site but luckily former online poker rivals, PokerStars, stepped in to purchase the Full Tilt company and paid back all its out-of-pocket players. It has since flourished and is now one of the most popular poker sites on the internet.
Bonuses: New players to the Full Tilt site can avail of a 100% first deposit bonus up to $600 (which clears at the rate of $1 for every 25 Full Tilt Points, or 10% of your initial deposit amount). Full Tilt offers welcome freerolls (whereby a player’s first deposit allows them entry to any free-to-play poker tournaments over the initial 30 days) and new depositors can play for a share of $200 in Ring Game Tickets or Tournament Tickets every day. The Boomerang allows players to get a second shot at tournament success if they don’t cash on their first try. Poker players who drift over to the adjoining Full Tilt Casino site can avail of the free £15 Casino Chip with no deposit required.
Traffic: Full Tilt now focuses on the recreational poker player, having been a home for experienced professionals in its former life. Now more of a destination for casual players, who tend to congregate in the lower stakes game, its now one of the softest sites around. This ensures new players don’t feel out of place, and more experienced players know they’ve plenty of fish available to them.
Games & Tournaments: Full Tilt offers a selection of Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Omaha Hi, Razz, Stud Hi, Stud Hi/Lo, 5 Card Stud, Draw Poker and Irish Poker. Full Tilt’s tournaments are well structured, with cheap buy-ins. The Sunday Major has $75,000 in guaranteed prize money every Sunday, and the Sunday Brawl is a chance to earn cash for each opponent players are able to knock out in the $40,000 Knockout Bounty Tournament. Full Tilt runs plenty of freerolls in all game varieties, not just Texas Hold’em, which is a nice bonus.
Software: Full Tilt has software designed by poker players for poker players, with pretty impressive features, including self-imposed poker stakes and casino wages limits, emotional avatars and seat selection. Their option for multi-table play support play at 18 tables simultaneously, and has the choice of basic view and standard for more advanced players. The site’s ever-improving customisation options, speedy games and high reliability will only increase its rising popularity.
Banking & Customer Service: Full Tilt offers variety of safe, secure, and easy methods for depositing money into accounts. Since Full Tilt and PokerStars are interlinked, players can transfer funds from their accounts on one site to the other. The site also provides a nifty Single Click Deposit feature (so players can fund their Full Tilt Poker account almost instantly). Full Tilt Poker’s customer support services has improved vastly since the site was acquired by PokerStars, as previously the support has been quite below-par. Although Full Tilt does not have live support, the email option functions fairly well.
Overall: Full Tilt is esteemed by online poker fans everywhere. The site successfully rebuilt itself post-Black Friday as a reliable site with excellent software features and good opportunities for recreational players to win some cash on the tables. The match bonus is fairly attractive, but players would need to deposit fairly large amounts and be prepared to invest the required time to reap the benefits of the promotion.
Best Poker Bonus Score: 7/10