Full Tilt Poker
Launched in 2004, Full Tilt Poker is now by far one of the biggest and most famous poker sites online, growing daily and always pushing to build its reputation as a market leader. Adding to its visibility and prestige is of course “Team Full Tilt,” the site’s main sponsored pros and the bulk of its ownership group, including poker legends Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow and Andy Bloch.
The site’s famous catchphrase is “Learn, chat and play with the pros,” and they definitely live up to it, with the main sponsored team plus with a growing list of Full Tilt “red pros” found playing regularly at a variety of limits. For the regular player there’s action at virtually any game and limit 24/7, with games offered including Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, Five-Card Draw and Razz.
Full Tilt Poker is also one of few sites with mixed games like H.O.R.S.E., H.A. and H.O.S.E. in both cash games and tournaments, making the game variation one of the most extensive and impressive online.
Full Tilt Poker’s software has some very innovative functions, is very stable and features excellent graphics – definitely measuring up as one of the best in the industry. The cartoon avatars are a bit tiresome to look at after a while, but not a huge obstacle to overcome.
Same goes for the perpetual spamming and $5 transfer requests in the chat wherever the pros are, but that can also easily be turned off. For those that want to look like the pros, the points shop is excellent, offering players all sorts of FTP merch that can be bought with their Full Tilt Poker points.
Overall, Full Tilt delivers what you expect – plenty of tables and games to pick from, a strong pro presence to give you the cool “poker experience” and a chance to watch some super sick games at the marquee $500/$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tables. The hard work and huge advertising budget has definitely paid off, as real-money player statistics as of February 2009 show 10,500 ring-game players at peak hours, and 70,000 tournament players at peak hours.