Full Tilt Poker Review
At Full Tilt Poker you can find yourself playing against pros such as Phil Ivey and Chris Ferguson, albeit at the higher limits. Full Tilt Poker continues to accept US players and caters to both Mac and PC users making it an very active poker room allowing it to provide an extensive range of games and limits appealing to both the beginner and experienced pro. The attractive software, generous bonus, rewarding loyalty scheme and the peace of mind that results from playing at such an establish brand makes it one of the best places to play poker.
Poker Games Available
Full Tilt Poker, like other large poker rooms, offers a comprehensive range of games including Texas Holdem (pot limit, fixed limit, no limit and capped no limit), Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha Hi (pot limit and capped pot limit), Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud and Razz. Full Tilt Poker has also introduced a section of “mixed games” where players at the same table switch between a number of games. The limits available cater to all levels of players from those looking to gain some experience up to those looking to play alongside their idols. Holdem No Limit blinds range from $0.05 /0.10 to a heart pounding $500/1000 that requires some bankroll indeed! Fixed Limit blinds start at $0.25/0.50 and continue up to $1000/2000.
Alongside the table games is an expansive range of tournaments available in all the standard game versions. SNG tournaments are available in single table (full and short handed), multi table, heads-up and satellite versions. Buyins range from $1+$0.25 up to $2,200 + $50. A number of entries are also free with a specified number of FPP’s; Full Tilt Poker’s loyalty point scheme. Multi table tournaments are run throughout the day including guaranteed prize pool tournaments and satellites into the biggest tournaments out there including the World Series of Poker.
Full Tilt Poker’s software is amongst the best in the industry having been developed alongside top poker professionals including, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson. It is compatible with both PC and Mac. The lobby is attractive and provides a whole host of tabs to enable you to switch between the different games, limits, real play and play money. Once you have selected the type of game you’re looking to play you can choose the exact table by looking at the stats provide including, the number of players already at the table and those waiting, the average pot size, how many hands are being played per hour and what percentage of players are seeing the flop. Clicking on a table allows you to see the names the players at the table the size of their respective chip stacks.
The table view continues where the lobby left off with its appealing design. Once you have chosen the background you want, each player can select from a large number of pre loaded avatars to represent them at the table. Unlike other avatars, you are able to change the emotions they are displaying giving you an almost unlimited range of options. From the table you have access to detailed stats and hand histories that can be displayed in a video replay style, step by step, rather than all at once. This enables you to have a much better idea of exactly what went on. Nothing, however, matches the stats you can receive from independent stats software.
A maximum of 4 tables can be played at any given time. This should be plenty enough for most people, but is not as liberal as others, which allow you an unlimited number. With the ever-increasing number of poker professionals becoming part of the Full Tilt Poker movement, they are able to provide a unique Pro Chat system accessible from the lobby. Talks are scheduled with the pros where any poker players can chat and post questions.
Make sure to use the bonus code “helper” if you sign up at Full Tilt Poker to qualify for a new player bonus. Use it and when you make your first deposit, Full Tilt Poker will match it up to $600. The bonus starts in your bonus account and is converted into real cash as you play in ring games and tournaments. You can check the status of your bonus account through the cashier window.
Full Tilt Poker operates a loyalty point scheme called Frequent Player Points (FPP). You will earn 1 FPP for every $1 in rake contributed up to a maximum of 3 per hand. Unlike many other poker rooms you will also earn fractional points. You will also earn FPP’s for playing in tournaments and SNG’s; 7 points for every $1 in tournament entry fee with no maximum. You can use the FPP’s to enter special tournaments or alternatively buy items from the Full Tilt Poker Store ranging from caps and jerseys to computers and widescreen plasmas.
Support is available from Full Tilt Poker 24/7 via email. Whilst support is reported as being quick and helpful it is an unfortunate omission that no live support or telephone number is provided. Some problems are simply easier to explain and sort this way.
Account Funding Methods
Full Tilt Poker accepts deposits from: VISA, MasterCard, epassporte, Click2Pay, Cash Transfer, FirePay (Canada only) and Neteller.
Account Withdrawal Methods
Full Tilt Poker processes withdrawals using: Visa, FirePay and Neteller.
Full Tilt Poker is licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
Full Tilt Poker games use the random number generator meeting all requirements of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.