Full Tilt Poker on Track for November 6 Relaunch
All signs are go for Full Tilt Poker to re-launch on November 6 with specific details released in recent days about a variety of issues for new and old players alike.
The world's largest online poker site, PokerStars, purchased Full Tilt’s assets in August 2012 and plans to operate the poker site as a separate brand.
Non-US players will finally be able to access funds in their accounts on that date with over $300 million that was held in limbo once again available to players to cash out or use at the tables.
As far as what to expect when the virtual tables again re-open at Full Tilt, it should be business as usual with no new features or enhancements planned at this time.
Full Tilt was the first site to launch a "fast-fold" poker option when it unveiled Rush Poker but PokerStars and other major sites have since released their own versions.
Full Tilt will scrap its Iron Man and Black Card loyalty programs and will cease offering rakeback via affiliates. Players getting rakeback based on their play will have it deposited directly into their accounts.
Bad News for Affiliates
Former affiliates of Full Tilt got more bad news as PokerStars clarified that it would not be honoring past money owed by Full Tilt to affiliates, which some estimate is in the tens of millions of dollars.
PokerStars also won’t offer any Full Tilt affiliate options when the site re-launches.
Instead it plans to integrate it into its own affiliate program and at some point in 2013 offer affiliates the chance to market either its PokerStars or its Full Tilt brand.
Full Tilt has also been reassembling a new pro team to represent the site.
Denmark's Gus Hansen was the first new sponsored pro to be named and now American Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Swede Viktor "Isildur1" Blom have joined him.
The pro team will be called “The Professionals” and will likely feature more of the famous high-stakes online clashes between Dwan and Blom where millions of dollars changed hands.