By Joe Ewens
When it comes to choosing an online poker site, for me there is only one obvious destination. Full Tilt Poker has been established as one of the largest and classiest outfits in the industry. Built on the model of "by the pros for the pros," their player centric attitude has lead to millions of satisfied customers around the world. As one of the top two busiest online rooms in the world, you can always be sure of getting a game in practically any variation. Full Tilt also boasts an unparalleled roster of sponsored professional players, whose high stakes exploits and top-class tips are all available to signed-up members.
If you're living in the US then the choice of where to play gets a whole lot simpler. There are only a handful of rooms that defy the UIGEA and continue to allow American players. Full Tilt is one such site and will welcome patronage from anywhere in the world with open arms. Mac users also tend to be woefully catered for in the online poker world. Some rooms release sub-standard java clients while others offer no Mac support at all. Full Tilt is leading the pack in this regard, offering a downloadable full-featured Mac client.
Full Tilt Poker has all the bases covered for every possible kind of poker player. Micro-stakes cash games start as low as $0.01 - $0.02 and you can jump into a Sit & Go for as little as $1 + $0.25. There is a wide range of stakes to suit all levels, with the standard rooms progressing as high a $500 - $1000. If Sit & Go high-rollers can find $6000 + $350 spare in their accounts then there are tournaments starting all the time to suit their needs.
Right now in the "pokerverse," multi-table tournaments are where it’s at. There are MTTs of all shapes and sizes, from heads-up to full-ring and from Hold’em to H.O.R.S.E. Experienced players will know that to hit it big you need to get yourself into the regular guaranteed tournaments. Full Tilt Poker has a variety of value added events running every day, but to shoot at the biggest prize you need to be online for the weekly Sunday tournaments. The $750k guarantee is one of the largest regular prize pools in the world and forms part of $1 million worth of guaranteed events every Sunday.
Since 2006 the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) has been the main highlight of the high-stakes tournament calendar. A series of high buy-in tournaments with massive guaranteed prize pools draw in the top players from all around the world. To date there have been thirteen of these events, each one with more and more money guaranteed. The most recent event, FTOPS XIII, culminated in a high $2.5 million guaranteed Main Event.
Full Tilt is quick to point out that on their site you can, “Learn, Chat, and Play With the Pros.” You will routinely find world famous players dropping down to the lower stakes to converse with the regular players. There are also numerous tips and tricks emails as well as the detailed Full Tilt Poker Academy, where you can get real lessons from recognizable faces as well as fulfill challenges designed to perfect your game.
Among the stellar names on the Full Tilt Roster are Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson “Jesus”, Howard Lederer, Mike Matusow “The Mouth”, Gus Hansen, and Patrick Antonius. All in all there are over 100 “Red Pros” signed up to play on Full Tilt Poker. In the past year Full Tilt has also become famous as the home of the nosebleed cash games. Young internet phenomenons like Tom Dwan “durrrr” and Ilari Sahamies “Ziigmund” battle with Bobby’s Room veterans like Phil Ivey and David Benyamine. Railbirds looking to scope out the very best online action all gravitate towards these games, which see millions of dollars change hands every day.
Full Tilt also has an excellent selection of bonus deals, and recently unveiled their biggest ever bonus. Flop Turn River has a fantastic exclusive bonus (code: FLOPTURNRIVER) for their members, which entitles them to 100% on their first deposit up to $600. This is just the start of a selection of reload bonuses and rewards. By playing in real money games you’ll start earning Full Tilt Points which can be exchanged for rewards or used to clear deposit bonuses.
All in all there are numerous great reasons to play at Full Tilt Poker. It has the finest client with tens of thousands of players playing every game under the sun. They have an unparalleled core of professional players who you can not only watch and chat with, but actually play against. There’s nowhere else in the world where you could be sitting in a micro-stakes ring game and have November Nine and poker genius Phil Ivey drop in.
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