Banking: NETeller, ePassporte, FirePay, VISA, MasterCard
The players at Full Tilt Poker have greatly improved from what they were two years ago. Before, this room was largely populated with ultra-tight players who wanted to match up against other expert poker players and with bonus hunters who knew exactly how to play the minimum to get their cash out. Now, partly thanks to the fact that Full Tilt is one of the few poker rooms still accepting US players, it has a large userbase of fish.
Full Tilt Poker offers the standard games of online poker. Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi and Hi-Lo, and Seven Card Stud Hi and Hi-Lo. They also offer a much less common poker game called Razz. Their game selection isn’t quite as varied as one would like. The no-limit tables for all games are fairly well filled, but the fixed limit games tend to be limited to Texas Holdem. As was mentioned earlier, it’s very tough to find a loose table here. The pros who sponsor the site play often, so you can always have a chance to sit down and have a game with one of them or at least watch the action. If you’re looking for somewhat easier, looser games stick to the no-limit tables.
This is where Full Tilt Poker completely squashes any competition. They offer an amazing first-time deposit bonus of 100% up to $600. The industry standard is 20% up to $100. The downside is that the money is doled out somewhat slower than most other poker rooms, especially when youre playing the lower-limit games. However, you should be able to earn $3-6 bonus dollars per hour even then. In addition, they occasionally will offer very nice bonuses of 50% up to $300, and they have a system called Full Tilt Points, which allows you to get special prizes and bonuses simply for playing lots of hands. Although they don’t currently have a running jackpot, this is definitely the highest first-time deposit bonus out of all the online poker rooms.
The tournaments at Full Tilt Poker are, like the site itself, still growing. Not counting the tough competition, they don’t have nearly as many options as the older and more popular rooms do. That being said, the tournaments are run extremely well and are extremely entertaining, especially when you get one of their pro players in one. Their sit-n-go tournaments can be terrific, but their multi-table and heads-up seem to be lacking. As I said before, they’re still growing, so expect many more tournaments with some higher payoffs soon.
Their support is another great aspect of this poker room. They have some of the nicest, fastest support available. While they currently only offer email support, their average response time seems to be between 3 and 5 minutes. Cashing out is extremely simple and fast, as well as being completely reliable. You have to jump through some hoops to get a check mailed to you, but using NETeller or FirePay is easy. The security of this site is state of the art and seems to be kept up to date very well.