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Full Tilt Poker Opens UK and Ireland Poker Tour Satellites for London Main Event

                The 2013 edition of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) recently finished its first leg in Galway, but the tournament series isn't over yet. With the tour's London stop coming up in the near future, Full Tilt Poker is looking to help its best players earn a chance to compete in England.
                Online satellites have just been launched at Full Tilt Poker that give site members an opportunity to win their way into the UKIPT's London main event. Players who are unable to bankroll the main event's £1,100 buy-in will be happy to know that Full Tilt's satellites start at just $0.11 and are accompanied by qualifiers that begin at only $5.50. These stakes are a small price to pay for competitors who want a shot at winning a share of the UKIPT London main event's £500,000 guaranteed prize pool. For those who aren't able to win a main event seat, Full Tilt Poker is also offering a handful of extra rewards, like further UKIPT prize packages and more.
                Sarne Lightman, Full Tilt Poker's Head of Marketing, told press that his company is "delighted to give our players the opportunity to go to the UKIPT London main event" and is sure that their talented site members are sure "to make the most of it." The UK and Ireland Poker Tour London stop's main event will take place at Camden's Grand Connaught Rooms from Wednesday, 2nd to Sunday, 6th October, 2013

Full Tilt Poker Finally Set to Refund Members

                Good news has finally arrived for the many Full Tilt Poker members affected by the company's previous legal troubles. The Garden City Group, a settlement firm handling the online poker network's asset obligations, has told press that it believes player funds frozen since the Black Friday indictments will soon be paid out.
                Garden City Group has been working for the United States government since earlier this year, helping to keep players abreast of the latest developments in the Full Tilt Poker claims case. The group now states that, beginning on 16th September of this year, anyone who is waiting to receive their Full Tilt account refunds will be able to submit remission claims. Garden City will send emails to anyone believed to be anticipating the return of their funds (using information provided by Full Tilt Poker) with instructions that detail how to file for their refund. Petitions for fund remissions will remain open until 15th November, 2013 and, if all goes well, will ultimately see players being paid the full balance that was recorded in their Full Tilt accounts as of April 15, 2011.
      , a site set up by Garden City Group, has been an enormous help for anxious Full Tilt Poker members who are still awaiting the return of money stored in their accounts during the Black Friday freeze. If the remission process goes as planned it should be able to put to rest one of the messiest and most frustrating chapters in the history of the online poker industry.

Full Tilt Poker Selects Professional Representatives for UK and Ireland Poker Tour 2013

                Full Tilt Poker has prepared for this August's UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) by carefully choosing a squad of professional players to act as its ambassadors at the games. The team of representatives is drawn from some of the online poker network's very best pros and will be hoping to make an impressive showing at the tables.
                The four ambassadors coming to this year's UKIPT include Martins Adeniya, Ben Jenkins, Sinem Melin and Dermot Blain. This group of pros will kick off their participation by joining the UKIPT for its Galway Festival leg, battling it out in the €1,100 buy-in no limit hold'em main event and a number of other tournaments taking place during the Irish series. The Galway Festival will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Dermot Blain, an Irish poker player who rocketed into the professional ranks after winning the 2009 Asian Poker Tour's Macau main event and taking fifth place at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe's main event. Blain's fellow Full Tilt ambassadors — Adeniya, Jenkins and Melin — hail from the United Kingdom and are similarly accomplished.
                The four sponsored professionals playing at this year's UKIPT mark the third time that Full Tilt Poker has created small groups of players specifically to advertise the company at live international events. A statement from PokerStars' Pro, Celebrity and VIP Marketing Senior Manager, Dustin Iannotti, said that the four "tour ambassadors will help redefine what it means to represent a poker site."

Full Tilt Poker Details Full Tilt Online Series XXIII

                Full Tilt Poker has always enjoyed success with its Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), a selection of tournaments typically paired with enormous prize pools. This doesn't look to change anytime soon now that the latest edition of FTOPS has been announced, the event consisting of nearly 40 tourneys and fantastic cash rewards.
                Full Tilt Online Poker Series XXIII features a guaranteed $8 million prize pool that is set to be spread across a total of 39 events. These include huge tournaments like 18th August's $1.5 million guaranteed no limit hold 'em main event (which sports a $635 buy-in) and Steps Tournaments that provide a less expensive shot at winning entry to larger, more lucrative games. To complement the main FTOPS XXIII events, Full Tilt will also be offering the special Bouncebackability Freeroll promotion on 24th August. Since Full Tilt Poker understands that "finishing on the bubble can hurt" they're giving players "the chance to bounce back" by providing a freeroll that will reward entry to "the last player eliminated before the money in any FTOPS XXIII event." The winner of the Bouncebackability Freeroll will receive buy-in to the forthcoming FTOPS XXIV's main event.
                In order to make it easier for all types of players to get into FTOPS XXIII, Full Tilt will also be offering a smaller-stakes version of the tournament series dubbed "Mini FTOPS." Full Tilt Online Poker Series XXIII's main games will run from 4th to 18th August, 2013 while the Mini FTOPS is scheduled for 8th to 22nd September, 2013.

Full Tilt Poker Celebrates Twitter Achievement with Freeroll Tournament

                Full Tilt Poker recently achieved a social media milestone, accruing more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. In order to mark the occasion the popular online poker network offered a freeroll tournament designed to reward its most dedicated fans.
                The Followers Freeroll was held on Sunday, July 8th and provided members of the site with entry to a potentially lucrative event. To gain access to the freeroll tournament players had to watch the company's @FullTiltPoker account for secret words embedded in tweets labelled with the #FollowersFreeroll hashtag over several weeks. Those who were vigilant enough to record the three secret words were able to combine them together into a single lowercase password that granted entry to the tournament. The Followers Freeroll proved to be worth the effort. It took the form of a turbo event that awarded a prize pool of $2,700 in Full Tilt Tournament Tickets across 250 competitors. The winner of the freeroll received a special $215 Tournament Ticket.
                Smart businesses count on social media as the cornerstone of their marketing efforts. With Followers Freeroll Full Tilt Poker did just that, offering an incentive for fans of the network to get online and engage with the company as it promoted itself. The innovative use of Twitter that Full Tilt demonstrated with its Followers Freeroll is sure to be emulated in some form by other savvy online gambling businesses hoping to drum up attention for their sites.  

Full Tilt Poker Reveals Micro Turbo Online Poker Series

                Talented poker players looking for an opportunity to turn a small bankroll into a larger one are now being given a great opportunity by Full Tilt Poker. The site's newly revealed Micro Turbo Online Poker Series (MTOPS) is set to target those with big ambitions and modest poker funds.
                The Micro Turbo Online Poker Series will consist of 75 events that includes a wide range of micro stakes and low-stakes tournaments. It will culminate in the $15 buy-in, $1 million guarantee no limit hold'em turbo main event scheduled for Sunday, 23rd June. Full Tilt has designed the series for multi-entry play as well, allowing competitors to try their hand at as many of the array of available games as they wish. The styles of play on offer during MTOPS will include five-card stud, Courchevel, Irish, Texas hold 'em poker and more. Full Tilt members can compete the events through inexpensive buy-ins that start at only $0.11.
                Full Tilt Poker's Sarne Lightman told press that the decision to couple the MTOPS' "big prize pools and [small buy-ins]" was made in order to give "players the best value possible." Lightman also credited the multi-entry turbo format as a way to ensure that "even the most time-constrained players will be able to compete in one of our most exciting and affordable tournament series yet." The Micro Turbo Online Poker Series will run from Sunday, June 9th through Sunday, 23rd June at Full Tilt Poker.

Full Tilt Poker to Broadcast NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

                Fans of televised poker will be thrilled to learn the latest news from Full Tilt Poker — an announcement revealing that the online poker network has secured the rights to bring next year's NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship to screens across the globe.
                NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship took place in January and will be televised in twelve episodes drawn from the live, Las Vegas-based event. Full Tilt Poker, through deals with worldwide broadcasters, has gained the rights to air the competition. After premiering in the United Kingdom on Channel 5, Full Tilt will show the tournament in nations including Germany, Canada, Russia, Poland, Hungary and more. The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship drew top poker players like Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Tom 'durrrr' Dwan and others to Nevada for a night of intense competition that will be well worth tuning in for. Each episode will show some of the game's most talented players battling it out for a share of the $100,000+ prize pool, pulling out all the stops to best their opponents in one-on-one showdowns.   
                Full Tilt Poker's Sarne Lightman told press that securing the international distribution rights to NBC's event is "just the start of many exciting and unique television products from Full Tilt." Lightman went on to say that "plenty of [these TV events] will have the opportunity for players to qualify and take part."

Full Tilt Poker Schedule New Land-Based Galway Festival

                Full Tilt Poker has added an exciting new land-based event to this summer's line-up with the Galway Festival. The brand new tournament series will include some 55 events and mark the recently re-launched Full Tilt's return to hosting live events.
                The Galway Festival is set to take place later this summer and will be hosted in a custom made "poker village" created by Full Tilt Poker in Galway, Ireland. The 55 events that make up the Galway Festival will include unique competitions like the UK Versus Ireland Heads-Up Challenge, the Irish Poker Championships and the UKIPT Galway Main Event which sports an incredible €1 million guaranteed prize pool. The Main Event will run for five days (from 8th to 12th August) and will see Full Tilt's Poker Ambassadors and Gus Hansen (of Full Tilt's Professionals line-up) in attendance. Members of the online poker network can compete in online qualifiers (starting at a $1.10 buy-in) for a chance at winning a seat to the lucrative showdown. Bounties will also be placed on Full Tilt Ambassadors competing in the Main Event.
           Full Tilt Poker's Marketing Head, Sarne Lightman, told press that his company was excited to make its "first live poker festival since re-launch" a memorable one. A wide variety of events and an impressive prize pool should help to make good on Full Tilt's intentions. The Galway Festival is scheduled to take place from Monday 29th July to Monday 12th August this summer.

Black Card Loyalty System Returns to Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker has been on a fast track toward getting its site back in order ever since its relaunch late last year. Now, with the return of its Black Card loyalty rewards, it's finally catering to the most devoted online poker players on the web again.

The Black Card loyalty program is intended to reward Full Tilt's most prolific competitors with cash and prizes. The relaunched system will allow members of Full Tilt Poker to convert the site's Full Tilt Points into real money. It will also offer players who have achieved VIP status at other sites to join in on the program through a "VIP Amnesty" incentive set to run during the entire month of April. Any player able to produce a photograph proving their VIP status at another poker platform is eligible for entry to the Black Card program. Full Tilt will also be giving its members even better reasons to vie for Black Card status by offering performance-based sponsorship contracts to the most talented players on record during the last six months of play. Black Card holders will be able to help shape the manner by which performance is ranked when the sponsorships are launched this July.

Sarne Lightman, Full Tilt Poker's Head of Marketing, told press that the VIP Amnesty program was designed to give those affected by Full Tilt's non-operational months a chance to return to the site without losing the status they've gained at competing online poker platforms. The move to accommodate them is a great step toward making Full Tilt Poker the ideal home for serious poker players.

Full Tilt Poker Ups the Ante with Daily Guaranteed Tournaments

                Popular online poker network Full Tilt Poker has just become the only platform to offer its players prize guarantees for every one of its tournament games. This change has come about due to a full-scale tournament schedule revision meant to make playing at Full Tilt more lucrative than ever before.
                The new schedule has already been implemented and will see the month of March filled with chances for talented players to win huge cash prizes. This month alone features a packed events calendar and tournament prize pools with more than $25 million in cash up for grabs. These games will consist of multi-entry, re-entry, Rush and multi-chance tourneys, set to appear at different times throughout each day of the week. Full Tilt Poker is coupling these events with a full line-up of satellite games as well. These qualifiers are meant to help every one of the site's players, regardless of the size of their bankroll, to get involved with the new tournament schedule. Sarne Lightman, Full Tilt Poker's Head of Marketing, has described the new tournament schedule as "another market first" that offers "players the only guaranteed schedule of any online site."
                The move toward so many cash games — an impressive roster of 225 cash events maximum per day with no less than one guaranteed tournament per ten minutes — is likely to help boost Full Tilt Poker's profile in the weeks to come. Interested players should head to the site now to see what's currently on offer or check back later in March for further additions to Full Tilt's tournament schedule.

Full Tilt Poker Nears American Payment Decision, Plans .eu Domain Launch

                Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the American group helping to guide disgruntled Full Tilt Poker players through the reimbursement process that followed 2011's Black Friday legal scandal, has reported some progress in its work with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The good news surrounding Full Tilt Poker continues with word of the company's plan to launch a new .eu domain.
                The PPA recently informed concerned players of the US DOJ's efforts to determine who would administer the payout reimbursement process. Once the American government has decided on who the best administrator may be it can then begin to process claims and end the Black Friday troubles that have seen Full Tilt's members left out in the cold while trying to cash out their bankroll. While Full Tilt players from other nations have been reimbursed following the company's PokerStars buyout, Americans continue to wait for the DOJ to find a way to return their funds. Now, the PPA forecasts an impending DOJ announcement that will help get the process moving.
                The upcoming launch of a new Full Tilt Poker domain may make the site more appealing for Europeans, too. Following in the footsteps of its owner, PokerStars, Full Tilt is working toward establishing a .eu platform that would provide players in nations such as Germany, Poland, Sweden and the Netherlands with tax free winnings. The new .eu site will avoid certain European income tax laws and allow some Full Tilt Poker players to cash out their earnings without having to subtract a portion of their money.

Full Tilt Poker Nears American Payment Decision, Plans .eu Domain Launch

Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the American group helping to guide disgruntled Full Tilt Poker players through the reimbursement process that followed 2011's Black Friday legal scandal, has reported some progress in its work with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The good news surrounding Full Tilt Poker continues with word of the company's plan to launch a new .eu domain.

The PPA recently informed concerned players of the US DOJ's efforts to determine who would administer the payout reimbursement process. Once the American government has decided on who the best administrator may be it can then begin to process claims and end the Black Friday troubles that have seen Full Tilt's members left out in the cold while trying to cash out their bankroll. While Full Tilt players from other nations have been reimbursed following the company's PokerStars buyout, Americans continue to wait for the DOJ to find a way to return their funds. Now, the PPA forecasts an impending DOJ announcement that will help get the process moving.

The upcoming launch of a new Full Tilt Poker domain may make the site more appealing for Europeans, too. Following in the footsteps of its owner, PokerStars, Full Tilt is working toward establishing a .eu platform that would provide players in nations such as Germany, Poland, Sweden and the Netherlands with tax free winnings. The new .eu site will avoid certain European income tax laws and allow some Full Tilt Poker players to cash out their earnings without having to subtract a portion of their money.

Full Tilt Poker Requires Members to Continue Waiting for Refunds

Full Tilt Poker's recent re-launch has gone fairly well, the site returning to business with plenty of exciting gameplay promotions and a stable software offering. Despite this level of success the many American members of the site still awaiting refunded money are likely disappointed to find that their funds are still unavailable.

The latest news from Full Tilt Poker comes through the political advocacy group, Poker Players Alliance (PPA). The PPA's Executive Director, John Pappas, recently met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and ZwillGen PLLC legal counsels, Ken Dreifach and Marc Zwillinger. The PPA came to the Department of Justice with the issues most important to Full Tilt players, raising concerns regarding full refunds of account balances (both real money and loyalty point totals) still unpaid from before Full Tilt's Black Friday shutdown. While the PPA described its "thoughts on these matters" as "well received", it also mentioned that "it was clear from our discussion that no decisions have been made at the Department of Justice regarding [player repayment]" and that the goal of actually returning these funds is likely still "a long way away."

The Full Tilt Poker members who have been awaiting the return of their bankroll and loyalty points are likely frustrated with the slow process of receiving their frozen funds, but the PPA's agitations are still providing the best hope for a speedy resolution. For now, the Poker Players Alliance promises the many online poker players counting on their work that it will "remain vigilant" and "do everything it can to help get the process moving."

Full Tilt Poker Announces ReLaunch Date, Deal Me In Promotion

Full Tilt Poker's long road toward re-opening for business is almost at an end as the site has announced its relaunch, scheduled for Tuesday, 6th November. To help celebrate its return to the online poker industry the network will be greeting its members with a new promotion.

Full Tilt's Deal Me In will be launched along with the site on 6th November and will consist of a wide range of freeroll tournaments. The total $250,000 prize pool available to competitors is also set to grow daily as the promotion goes forward, enticing competitors with increasingly lucrative games. Alongside these freerolls, Full Tilt will be hosting a series of ten $10,000 events on 11th November and an additional promo that temporarily allows loyalty points to be used toward event entry. Site members who buy Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) and/or Steps Tournaments ring game or daily/weekly tournament tickets will be able to enjoy discounted buy-ins to fantastic events. If that wasn't enough, the newly re-opened Full Tilt will offer double loyalty points games in order to help players earn their way toward discount tournament entry.

A statement from Full Tilt Poker describing the re-launch and Deal Me In promotion discussed the full range of special offers while also outlining the basics of the upcoming FTOPS XXI Satellite Frenzy, an event that will provide "hundreds of bonus entries to FTOPS XXI events worth more than $300,000." Interested players should keep their eyes on the site in the weeks to come for more details on the satellite series.

Full Tilt Poker Signs Blom and Dwan to Its Team of Professional Players

When Full Tilt Poker re-signed Gus Hansen to its team of poker professionals it served as an indicator of the previously troubled site's financial and legal health. Now, with its sponsorship of former member Tom 'durrrr' Dwan and Pokerstars veteran Viktor 'ilsildur1' Blom, Full Tilt is demonstrating just how far it's come since the Black Friday legal scandals that nearly ended the company.

One of the best ways for Full Tilt Poker to show the online poker world that it's back on its feet is signing on poker pros as brand ambassadors. With the site kicking off real money play again later next month it has started preparing for its return with a pair of new sponsorships. The 26 year old Dwan and 23 year old Blom return/come to Full Tilt with impressive legacies, Dwan previously taking part in high-stakes games through the site's Durrrr Challenge and Blom having made a name for himself via huge wins at events like the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

In a press release detailing the sponsorships Tom 'durrrr' Dwan said that he was "very excited that Full Tilt Poker is re-launching" and was "excited to be a part of it." Viktor 'ilsildur1' Blom expressed similar sentiments, saying that playing as a regular member of the Full Tilt network was "where I made my name and enjoyed some of my greatest victories" and that joining the site in an official capacity was a perfect fit for his career.

Gus Hansen Returns to Full Tilt Poker as Brand Ambassador

Since its purchase by former competitor, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker has appeared to be overcoming its troubled past and embracing a brighter future. As a sign of its renewed place as a major player in the online poker market, the site has re-hired former brand ambassador Gus Hansen.

A year ago it would have been difficult to imagine that Full Tilt Poker would recover from its legal troubles to the point that it would once again be hiring poker professionals as sponsors again, but this is exactly what the site has recently reported. When Full Tilt re-opens for business on 6th November, allowing members to wager real money again, it will also have Denmark's Gus 'The Great Dane' Hansen helping to spread word of its resurrection. Hansen is an highly accomplished poker player, having won three World Poker Tour titles, a World Series of Poker Europe bracelet and the 2007 Aussie Millions' main event. He has also earned more than $11.2 million throughout his career and previously enjoyed sponsorship as one of Full Tilt Poker's Red Pro members. With the re-launch of his sponsor site Hansen will be returning to his old job as a brand ambassador to a website that is in dire need of a public relations boost.

Sarne Lightman, Full Tilt Poker's Marketing Head, told press that his company is "thrilled to have [Hansen] return as an ambassador" while hinting at upcoming promotions and the addition of even more professionals to Full Tilt's sponsored team. Gus Hansen himself said that he is "very excited to represent the industry's most authentic poker brand" and that returning to Full Tilt Poker "[felt] like coming home."

Full Tilt Poker Executive Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

The worst of the Black Friday legal indictments may be over for many companies, but for some of the key players in the debacle the real implications of the scandal may have just begun. 41 year old Nelson Burtnick, the former payment processing director for Full Tilt Poker, has just plead guilty to charges of conspiracy related to his company's seizure by American authorities last year.

Burtnick, a Canadian citizen who lived in Dublin, Ireland while working for Full Tilt, was one of the eleven indicted by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice on Black Friday. He was charged with "conspiracy to deceive U.S. financial institutions" and, last month, turned himself in to authorities to stand trial for his alleged crimes. At a hearing in the U.S. Federal District Court last Wednesday, Burtnick plead guilty to his charges, admitting that he and other Full Tilt employees had fraudulently processed e-cheques, miscoded credit card transactions and hidden gambling funding transfers through third-party payment processors. These illegal actions were taken in an effort to hide billions of dollars of Full Tilt Poker transactions from the U.S. government and avoid running afoul of American anti-Internet gambling laws.

Nelson Burtnick testified that, even though he "knew what [he] did was wrong" he "had to do this type of deception to enable U.S. poker players to load their accounts with funds." Burtnick's sentencing will take place on 19th December, 2012 and could result in a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.

PokerStars Announces Full Tilt Poker Purchase

The long period of legal and financial trouble that has plagued Full Tilt Poker has finally reached a definite conclusion with the online poker network’s buyout by none other than former competitor, PokerStars. An agreement between PokerStars and the United States Department of Justice has just been finalized, meaning that Full Tilt Poker will once again open for international business and, most importantly, be able to reimburse members still waiting to access money from their locked accounts.
                PokerStars have agreed to pay a total of $547 million over the next three years in order to assume complete ownership of Full Tilt Poker. For many the best aspect of this news involves the fact that any money frozen in Full Tilt members’ accounts will soon be paid back as part of the buyout. PokerStars announced that “outstanding balances owing to all non-US customers, an amount totaling $184 million” will be made available “with no restrictions on withdrawals within 90 days of completing this transaction.” With player reimbursements settled, PokerStars will get to work on re-launching Full Tilt Poker under a new, independent management team.
                PokerStars’ Chairman, Mark Scheinberg, told press that his company is “delighted [to] have been able to put this matter behind us” and described how the acquisition “strengthens [while bringing] relief to players who have been waiting over twelve months for repayment.”

Full Tilt Poker Gives Members a Chance to Appear on The Poker Lounge

Members of online poker network, Full Tilt Poker are now being given a chance to appear on a major television program while competing for up to $120,000 in cash prizes. As part of the company’s decision to renew it’s the Poker Lounge TV show, registered players will be able to take a shot at becoming part of the program.

Full Tilt Poker is, once again, working with Channel 4 to air a new series of The Poker Lounge. In the new iteration of the program, poker players will once again compete across ten episodes to win a top prize of $120,000. Three of the six available spots have already been filled (by notable poker pros Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius), but the roster will be completed with less established players. Members of Full Tilt Poker will be able to vie for their chance on the show by playing in daily freerolls. The top 27 finishers from these qualifiers will then move into weekly tournaments that award the best 36 competitors with entry to a final round. The winners of this stage will then appear on The Poker Lounge.

Full Tilt Poker is advertising the promotion as a great “chance to appear on television and take on the world’s finest poker pros for a shot at $120,000 in first-place prize money.” The Poker Lounge is scheduled to begin airing on 25th July, 2012 on Channel 4 and will continue to air each Monday.

Full Tilt Poker Players Receive Advice from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission

Full Tilt Poker has been struggling to regain the good faith of its players since the legal indictments that rocked the online poker industry last year and the loss of its license last September. Now, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission — the same Commission that revoked Full Tilt’s license — has offered advice on how frustrated Full Tilt members should go about resolving their problems.

Full Tilt Poker players have been struggling with the poker site since its legal troubles began, attempting to obtain their banked funds and compensation for other issues. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission has been receiving numerous complaints from this demographic and is now giving advice on how best to proceed. A statement released by the Commission told readers that the group was working closely with law enforcement to archive all incoming complaints with the goal of releasing these reports to police at a later date. Though the Commission still plans to compile these complaints it has asked Full Tilt players to first direct their issues to their local police force since the Commission’s ability to oversee player disputes is now limited for all but Swiss players.

The statement released by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission goes on to describe the situation, detailing that “a number of civil actions have been initiated by players against”, showing just how severe the grievances against Full Tilt Poker have become.

Full Tilt Poker Sale Given Approval by US Department of Justice

This year has been full of difficulties for online poker network, Full Tilt Poker but, for now at least, a silver lining has appeared on the company’s horizon. The good news comes in the form of the US Department of Justice approving the business’ sale, a move that may allow it to repay members and start the poker website anew.

Full Tilt Poker is set to sell its site to Groupe Bernard Tapie, a French company specializing in business recovery. The two organizations have penned an exclusive agreement that would allow Full Tilt to pay its customers the outstanding funds owed to them following the onset of the site’s legal problems. The US Department of Justice has now signed off on the deal, allowing Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie to begin moving forward with the hard work of getting the gaming site back on its feet. Though the Department of Justice approval is an important first step, Full Tilt’s shareholders still have to approve of the move in order to finalize this action. Full Tilt Poker’s Chief Executive Officer, Ray Bitar released a statement to shareholders explaining how, with their agreement, “Groupe Bernard Tapie may now proceed to finalize an agreement to acquire the companies or assets that comprise”

After enduring seemingly endless trouble following the Black Friday legal indictments, receiving the go-ahead to sell Full Tilt Poker to Groupe Bernard Tapie is one of the first positive news items regarding the site in some time.

Full Tilt Poker Faces More Trouble with Lost Investors

Full Tilt Poker has had a rough couple of months, struggling to maintain its business after the world of online gaming was rocked by the Black Friday legal indictments. The situation doesn’t look to be improving for the poker company as it now faces further troubles related to securing investors.

Full Tilt Poker’s Secondary Client Provider Authorization license was recently renewed, giving industry observers hope for the business — something that was furthered after the company was able to repay a $410,000 debt. Even with these promising signs the future of Full Tilt Poker still depends greatly on its ability to obtain investment from backers, however, and this week saw a potential deal fall through. After lengthy negotiations Full Tilt Poker must now begin to scramble for new financiers, leaving its many customers uncertain of whether or not their site of choice will ever return to normal business. In a statement issued from Full Tilt’s spokespeople the poker platform apologized for “its lack of communication with its customers over the last month and a half”, citing “unexpected and complex legal and financial issues” that have kept it from repaying its site members’ debts and properly informing them of its current status.

Despite being wracked with seemingly endless difficulties, Full Tilt Poker may be able to reclaim its place as a leading poker company after its legal future is decided at its 15th September hearing with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. If the hearing goes well, securing investors should prove much easier than it currently is.

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Full Tilt Poker Reveal New Details on Legal Troubles

The legal indictments that first rocked the online poker world this April continue to have an impact on players, especially American ones. Full Tilt Poker, one of the websites most highly effected by the crackdown, is now, finally, revealing details of how it plans to recover from its setbacks.

Full Tilt Poker immediately responded to legal troubles in April by signing a deal that would allow it to give back any existing bankroll balances to its American players. Despite this agreement with U.S. authorities Full Tilt players still have not been able to access their accounts and withdraw their money. The online poker company, in response to numerous complaints regarding this problem, has revealed new details on how it plans to rectify the situation. Full Tilt Poker released a statement that apologized for its lack of communication in recent months, declaring that its many shortcomings are the result of being “ . . . too optimistic in estimating how long it would take to sort through the issues we have faced since ‘Black Friday’.” The poker company says that it has been working constantly at finding the right method for refunding the money owed to its players even though it doesn’t have a definite timeline for when this will be finished.

In the same statement, Full Tilt Poker described its efforts to raise the money necessary for paying its American members and told press that it has been forced to keep silent regarding this work because of “legal constraints”.

Full Tilt Poker Announces Online World Series of Poker Tie-In Promo

Online poker network, Full Tilt Poker, is planning to give players a great way to get into the World Series of Poker (WSOP) spirit through a special promotion. The Fantasy WSOP, beginning this week alongside the real WSOP’s 31st May kickoff, gives site members the opportunity to compete online and, potentially, take home some fantastic prizes.

Full Tilt fans are now able to try their skills against other members for their chance to win big at the Fantasy WSOP. The promotion is organized so that competitors are able to create their very own team of 15 players for inclusion in a fantasy group. Full Tilt Poker has built up a registry of more than 450 poker professionals to pick from, allowing participants to select a dream team that will either win or lose based on the actual results of the World Series of Poker’s 58 events.

Full Tilt Poker has planned a number of great rewards for those that are able to make accurate predictions in their Fantasy WSOP competition. Prizes include custom clothing and other poker gear emblazoned with the Full Tilt brand and will be rewarded to the top finisher in each of the massive tournament’s events. With the 2011 World Series of Poker looming on the horizon there are sure to be plenty of Full Tilt players that are excited to take advantage of any promotion related to the games.

Full Tilt Poker Puts a New Spin on Sit-and-Go with Matrix Tournaments

Full Tilt Poker has just announced a surprising new addition to its line-up of upcoming events by unveiling the Matrix Tournaments. Promoted as a new take on classic sit-and-go games, the Matrix Tournaments are meant to give serious poker players a more personal version of the beloved play style.

The Matrix Tournaments are, at their core, sit-and-go tournaments. The primary innovation of the games, however, is that Matrix will see players dividing their attention across four simultaneous tables while in competition with eight, recurring opponents. The tournaments offer an interesting, “grudge match” take on the usual sit-and-go formula, making competitors continuously battle against one another until only one, lone entrant is left standing. The final three positions at the table will receive standard sit-and-go pay-outs and bonuses based on performance from a Matrix jackpot set at $90. Aside from the cash on hand, Full Tilt will also award a single “Survival Point” for each of the opponents they’re able to outlast and “Knockout Points” for competitors they’re able to eliminate from play. The player that is able to collect the highest number of points, triumphing over all four tables, will be dubbed the “Dominatrix” and receive prize money from the entire Matrix pool and individual table earnings.

Full Tilt Poker’s decision to create a brand new style of tournament play will definitely please poker fans with a taste for experimentation. The Matrix Tournament promises a fresh spin on a proven style of play and should give site members a great new venue for plying their skills against others.

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Full Tilt Poker Adds Draw Poker Games with Software Update

Online poker fans have another reason to sign up at Full Tilt Poker now that the popular website has added even more modes of play to its software. The platform’s most recent update has improved more than just functionality and aesthetics at Full Tilt — it has also added new real-money play options that bring the draw poker format to website fans.

Full Tilt’s new freeplay draw poker options gives site members a great new set of ways to play at their favourite network. 2-7 Triple Draw (both fixed limit and no limit) has been developed for Full Tilt Poker along with Five Card Draw (in pot, fixed and no limit options), fixed-limit A5 Triple Draw, fixed limit 2-7 Single Draw and fixed limit Badugi styles. Each of these new play formats will feature the same high level of quality that Full Tilt Poker has become known for and some of the styles will be included in upcoming mixed game series and tournaments. Draw fans can look forward to seeing 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw and Badugi in new seven game mixes and traditionalists can avoid playing draw by sticking to Full Tilt’s original mixed options.

This software update brings a major set of new formats to Full Tilt Poker, providing a great reason for players to try their hand at the varied skill set that draw requires.

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Full Tilt Poker Cracks Down on Users with Automated Bot Programs

Massively popular online poker network, Full Tilt Poker, is launching a comprehensive crackdown on users that make use of automated bots at site tables. The move looks to keep Full Tilt users safe from cheating and ensure that all members can enjoy wagered online poker games without worrying about unfair play practices.

Full Tilt sent a mass email message to a large number of its registered players recently. Attached was an announcement that website users found running bot programs in the past and future would have (and had) their accounts permanently closed. Bots are software programs that are capable of handling automated tasks without user input. The kind of bots that sometimes show up on online poker servers are capable of running complex algorithms at fast speeds — an application that allows some users to cheat other players out of their stakes. Full Tilt Poker (and many other online poker sites) maintain anti-bot rules that puts their users in violation of website guidelines.

Full Tilt Poker also refunded funds to players that were able to prove that they had been victimized by cheating. Those that had lost money against bots had their accounts credited and any player that had witnessed unfair play were urged to contact Full Tilt’s security team. Although it’s difficult for major online poker platforms to completely safeguard their members from cheaters, Full Tilt Poker has made a positive step with their recent actions.

Full Tilt Poker Signs Tennis Player, James Blake, as Newest Brand Ambassador

Full Tilt Poker has found its newest brand ambassador in American tennis professional, James Blake. As the online poker company’s latest Friend of Full Tilt signing, Blake will act as sponsor to the site and help drive up business through participation in appearances, wearing branded apparel and more.

Yonkers, New York’s Blake has enjoyed a successful career in tennis that has seen him lead the US Davis Cup since 2001, only two years after his start as a professional athlete in 1999. During this time, Blake has maintained a record that shows 20 wins and only nine losses. He’s perhaps best known for his part in the US’s landmark competition against Russia in 2007 wherein he helped in taking the tournament four games to one by winning both of his matches. Only 32 years old, Blake has struggled to maintain his career as a tennis pro since a viral infection affected him with blurred vision and partial paralysis. Despite his ailments, he most recently appeared at this year’s US Open and made it to the third round of play.

Aside from tennis, Blake has also founded the Thomas Blake Senior Memorial Cancer Research Fund in memory of his father. He hopes to raise one million dollars for the Fund through merchandising efforts and his new position as a Friend of Full Tilt Poker will contribute.

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Full Tilt Poker Adds The Black Card Program for Dedicated Poker Players

High stakes Full Tilt Poker players are in for a real treat as the popular online gaming platform has now introduced a new range of VIP features aimed at amply rewarding points collectors with cash bonuses and more. The recently launched program is designed with the site’s higher end fan base in mind and should work as a draw for those poker players with the bankroll and skill to support more expensive tables.

Full Tilt Poker’s new feature, The Black Card, has just gone live and gives serious competitors a number of great reasons to play their very best at every game. The Black Card is aimed at a distinct demographic — those that wager higher amounts frequently — and allows these competitors to enjoy special privileges through a private store that exchanges points for cash, luxury items and branded merchandise. Full Tilt Poker requires The Black Card participants to maintain a minimum 500 points average throughout a hundred day rolling period. In order to stay enrolled in the program site members must ensure that their points balance stays at the given average and can easily monitor this through a new personal page and The Black Card status widget now found in the Full Tilt lobby.

The majority of major online poker networks seek to appeal to all types of players and Full Tilt’s decision to provide incentive for high rollers is a great step toward making their platform an attractive choice for serious competitors.

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Full Tilt Poker Announce Schedule and Details for FTOPS XVII

One of the poker world’s favourite annual events, theFull Tilt Poker’s Online Poker Series (FTOPS), has been confirmed for 2010 by organizer and sponsor Full Tilt Poker. FTOPS XVII will return this August with a massive guaranteed prize pool, a packed event schedule and plenty of action for competitors and spectators alike to enjoy.
Since August 2006 the Full Tilt Poker’s Online Poker Series has given poker professionals and fans an annual series worth anticipating. This year’s FTOPS XVII continues the trend by offering up a guaranteed $19 million in prizes over a total of 34 events. Leading up to the climatic ($640 buy-in, $3 million minimum guaranteed prize pool) Main Event itself, FTOPS XVII will feature tournaments that include Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo games, No-Limit Hold ‘Em Six Maximum Turbo and HORSE events and a two-day series that will run alongside the Main Event knockout competitions.
Amateur players looking for a chance to enter the series can begin competing in satellite tournaments at Full Tilt Poker’s now. Lucky members will be able to secure a seat while others can still vie for cash prizes and more. The website will also be hosting special freerolls and other tournaments that conincide with August’s FTOPS celebrations. FTOPS XVII kicks off on 4th August, 2010 with a $216 buy-in, $750,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament.
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Full Tilt Poker’s, Annette Obrestad Makes Controversial Comments

Annette Obrestad, one of Full Tilt Poker’s most recognizable names, recently commented on the poker world in a manner that is sure to bait controversy. Speaking out on female poker players and internet poker in general, Obrestad has put herself into the spotlight by criticizing aspects of the game through an ESPN interview.

Obrestad, only 21 years old, hails from Norway and has made a name for herself by becoming one of the youngest female players to reach such a massive level of success in the poker world.

Currently standing as the career leader in live winnings throughout Norway, Obrestad is perhaps most famous for winning a tournament without looking at her hole cards at just 18 years old but, due to her ESPN comments, the Norwegian pro may become better known for her outspoken remarks.

Obrestad covered a few topics in the poker world, criticizing live poker players (including Doyle Brunson) and stating that “… girls suck at poker” because they “…just aren’t as competitive and don’t try to learn from their mistakes.”

No public response has yet been given from either Doyle Brunson or any of the many female poker professionals that are sure to take umbrage with Obrestad’s opinion. Annette Obrestad, an enormously talented player, has still yet to clarify her remarks.

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Full Tilt Finishes FIVE Celebrations with $1.5M Guarantee

As the fifth anniversary celebrations going on at Full Tilt Poker began to wrap up members were given one last chance to help commemorate their favourite site with a massive game. The $1.5 Million Guarantee assisted in winding down the FIVE party by awarding an enormous prize to skilled players who were able to take on fierce competition in order to reach the top of the challenge.  

Some 3,315 player registered to take part in the
$1.5M Guarantee game, providing a tough road for all of those hoping to make a name for themselves as the champion of the event. Ultimately it was one Full Tilt Poker member with the username PAhrPK that took home the glory after a vicious fight for the top spot leading up to the end of the game. Although the heads-up finale occurred between two gifted players it was a relatively brief affair, PAhrPK holding K10 against second place winner blarkin’s A9 and winning with two pair against a board that ran K-3-4-10-9.

The final results saw PAhrPK leave the tables with $296,775.38 in winnings, dwarfing the second place finalist blarkin’s (still considerable) amount of $180,667.50. Third place was relatively close behind with Charles “HellaStacks” Lee netting $117,682.50. Although the rest of the placing contestants couldn’t rise above the $100K mark at the tournament Full Tilt Poker definitely aided in providing a memorable and exciting conclusion to the blowout of the FIVE anniversary celebrations for every challenger entered in the $1.5 Million Guarantee.

Full Tilt Poker Become Poker Million Sponsors

Full Tilt Poker Become Poker Million Sponsors

An unexpected turn of events has seen one of online poker’s most high profile events, the
Poker Million, switch sponsorship and fall under the wing of internet gaming network, Full Tilt Poker. The company will now be in charge of promoting and backing the prestigious television tournament when it kicks off this summer.

Poker Million was formerly sponsored by UK gaming giants, Ladbrokes but is now moving forward into 2009 with a brand new face. Matchroom Sport’s TV poker tournament entered into partnership with Full Tilt Poker as part of a multi-year contract that should ensure some stability with the event for the foreseeable future. As proof of a well-functioning relationship, the two companies have already released details regarding the launch of the 2009 Poker Million, a tournament slated to take place on July 15th at London’s Sky Sports Studios.  

British poker players are apparently delighted to host American professionals in England this summer. Most notably, Roland de Wolfe has compared the Full Tilt/Poker Million union to his “. . . best mate marrying his sister . . .” and gone on record to make boasts about “knocking out” his professional pals from across the pond (specifically, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson and edog) before showing them around his hometown.

Full Tilt Pros Make Waves at 2009 WSOP

Full Tilt Pros Make Waves at 2009 WSOP

Of all the high-profile
poker teams in attendance at the event perhaps the most impact at this year’s World Series of Poker has been felt through the combined efforts of the Full Tilt Poker professionals. Known for attracting some of the best players in the game, Full Tilt Poker Pros have already managed to pick up six bracelets at just over the halfway point of the 2009 WSOP.

Russian member, Vitaly Lunkin came first in Event #2, marking Full Tilt’s team at the first open event of the series just as Phil Ivey went on to capture his sixth WSOP bracelet and further represent the Full Tilt Poker Pros at the prestigious poker event. Full Tilt also made waves with three days that saw three different team professionals winning bracelets across a trio of tournaments. Greg Mueller and Roland de Wolfe have also helped to contribute winnings to the Full Tilt scoreboard, capturing their first WSOP bracelets at the Triple Crown and $10K World Championship Limit Hold ‘Em respectively.

Full Tilt Poker Pros have definitely proven themselves as the sponsored team to keep an eye on for the remainder of the 2009 World Series of Poker. Considering that there are still roughly fifteen games to be decided in the annual poker event Full Tilt Poker professionals should still be able to make a bit more news by taking even more victories for their sponsors.   

Full Tilt’s FTOPS XIII comes to a Close

Full Tilt’s FTOPS XIII comes to a Close

After several weeks of intense competition the 2009 edition of Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS has come to a close, unveiling bright new stars in the poker world and marking a record for the site’s venerable tournament series. Immense traffic and enormous cash prizes combined to make for a spectacular finale, all of which lead to the promise of an even larger showing for next summer’s edition.

With over 5,300 entrants to the
FTOPS XIII Main Event the tournament quickly became the largest season of the series to date. The $500+$35 buy-in Main Event ended up hosting a $2,653,000 prize pool, a massive jackpot that lead to fierce competition. “Poligraph” emerged triumphant over the event, earning $453,663 for his troubles.

Close behind was “Inoriisss” with a $315,707 finish and Kameron “Kamdini” McRay with a still impressive $225,505 in winnings. The staggering prize pools were also present in the previously mentioned NL Hold ‘Em games as top competitors took home sums as high as $102,465 (in the Knockout) and $453,687 (in the 6-Max).

Big winners were also declared in the other lead-up events as well, making rich players out of almost every competitor that managed to make their mark on the proceedings. With each year making the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS into a bigger and bigger part of the summer gaming season, fans should be excited to see the fourteenth edition play out when it is announced next year.

Full Tilt Online Poker Series Wraps Up

Full Tilt Online Poker Series Wraps Up

After an exciting series of games the eleventh edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series has finished up for this year. The tournament came to a close with Sunday’s Main Event, a $500+35 No Limit Hold ’Em game that saw one skilled player walk away with a new title under his belt.

The big winner of the 2009 Full Tilt Online Poker Series is Adam “csimmsux” Geyer who managed to come out on top of the tournament’s tough opponents, triumphing and receiving the grand prize.

Geyer played against a body of 5,287 registered players, making it all the way to a climatic showdown against “KAISERfknSOZE”. The two entered the Main Event’s final hands with a substantial chip-lead over the third place competitor while their own amounts were more evenly matched.

Geyer finished the showdown with
$456,056.62 while KAISERfknSOZE took home $276,245.75. Third place at the Main Event went to “PartyPimp” who received $177,643.20, a considerable sum that still falls a long way short of the showdown pool.

The game finished after nearly thirteen hours of continuous play, proving that Geyer is a player who is able to hold his own in exhausting games of attrition. While Full Tilt had set a guaranteed prize pool of
$2,500,000 for the FTOPS, the massive number of registrants eclipsed the amount to a substantial $2,643,500 by the series’ kick-off. Adam “csimmsux” Geyer’s victory is his third overall win at a Full Tilt Online Poker Series event.

Full Tilt Poker Ramps up Late Night Poker and Poker Million Qualifiers

Full Tilt Poker Ramps up Late Night Poker and Poker Million Qualifiers

It’s only been a short time since Full Tilt Poker officially signed on as the new sponsors of the Poker Million and Late Night Poker but the successful poker site has evidently been hard at work setting up tie-in games for its members.

Full Tilt Poker is hosting a number of great, upcoming events to give their users brand new competition incentives in an already packed season of high-profile brick-and-mortar tournaments. Among the imminent events are the June 15
th Full Tilt Poker Late Night Poker satellite, a $300+$22 cash satellite on June 7th and the May 31st Full Tilt Poker Million satellite. Fans will also have a chance to compete in another Poker Million tournament with the $500+$35 satellite on August 2nd. Tough competition and the shot at plenty of UK exposure should mean plenty of excitement at the Full Tilt Poker rooms for this summer’s duration.

Not only will members of Full Tilt Poker reap the benefits of the site’s new sponsorship deals but viewers should be able to as well. The wider range of expected players (qualified via satellite) at both the Poker Million and Late Night Poker should yield some truly exciting competition and possibly even a few new bright stars making their name in the game throughout the months ahead.