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Showing posts with label full tilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label full tilt. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It is old news, but if you were an affiliate of the old Full Tilt Poker you are screwed.

In this October 2012 article by Pokerfuse they detail the situation with affiliates and the old Full Tilt.  Essentially the situation is:

Payments owed to Full Tilt Poker affiliates will not be paid, and player accounts will not tracked to old affiliates when the website comes back online next month, pokerfuse has learned.

In addition, players who were also affiliates will not be reimbursed for any money in their Full Tilt account that came from affiliate payments.

It’s bad enough that they aren’t honoring money already owed to affiliates which was just as much an obligation of the Full Tilt company as player balances, but they have also set it up to remove any affiliate money owed from players who were affiliates but where part of the money in their account came from affiliate income.

So, let’s say an affiliate was paid for advertising (affiliate income) 6 months before Full Tilt went under, but they still had that money in their poker account.  Whoops it’s gone!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Poker’s “Super Tuesday”? Are you kidding me PPA?

Yesterday, Tuesday July 31, 2012, it was formally announced that PokerStars was acquiring Full Tilt’s assets from the Department of Justice and that all players (both US and Non-US) would be paid back any money they were owed.

Granted this is good news, however…

Non-US Players will be paid back within 90 days by PokerStars and in full, but US Players will have to apply for re-payment to the US Department of Justice.

To the Poker Players Alliance, via this announcement released 2012-08-01, this is a cause for dancing in the streets:

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Yesterday, PPA sent out a member-wide announcement with terrific news -- the Justice Department approved the deal for PokerStars to purchase Full Tilt Poker!
From the Department of Justice press release:

Under the terms of the settlement with PokerStars, the company agreed to forfeit $547 million to the U.S. and to reimburse the approximately $184 million owed by Full Tilt to foreign players, in order to fully resolve the allegations in the complaint. The settlement further provides that PokerStars will acquire the Forfeited Full Tilt Assets from the Government. Full Tilt’s U.S. fraud victims will be able to seek compensation for their losses from the Department of Justice from the $547 million forfeited by PokerStars.

In other words, PokerStars has provided funds to cover all player balances at Full Tilt Poker and the DoJ is establishing a process by which we U.S. players can request and receive our money. While PPA does not yet have the detailed information on the specific process to follow, we are calling for a streamlined process and repayment of 100% of player account balances.

To aid in all of this, PPA will gather the needed information on the reimbursement process in real time and post it to http://theppa.org/repayment. I will be using the PPA guide to apply for my reimbursement and am looking forward to trialling the process for all of us. We have all been in this together from the get go, so I am personally pleased that we will be in it together as we finally recover our funds and press on for victory in the fight for licensed and regulated online poker.

PPA's legal team will remain fully involved as the ‘voice of the player’ to ensure we are all heard throughout this process.

For more information:
Poker Players Alliance Press Release
Department of Justice Press Release
PokerStars Press Release
PokerStars’ FTP FAQ

On that last part, the fraud or Ponzi scheme allegations were all after Black Friday and have to do with Full Tilt not revealing their financial situation to people who continued to play and deposit money on the site or in other words Non-US players.  The fact that they didn’t segregate player funds was bad business and a bad idea but wasn’t fraud.

My outrage continues to fall squarely on the shoulders over the Department of Justice itself.  The logic train that allowed them to even go after the online poker rooms is amazing and frightening—does anyone think the DoJ was somehow protecting the US population from “bank fraud” and the like?  Because after Black Friday they then rescinded their stance on using the wire fraud act which was their main weapon to insist that online poker was, itself, illegal gambling and the “bank fraud” did not harm any banks!  How this continues to this date with people caving to what is essentially government level extortion amazes me.

Well Hurray!  Super Tuesday!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

It’s Saturday So What the Heck Is Going On In the Poker World?

USA Catches Its Breath from DoJ Attacks

Justice Department DOJThe original DoJ indictments targeted four cardrooms: PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UltimateBet and Absolute Poker. Of those cardrooms they have temporarily returned the .com domain names to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for the purposes of paying US players.  They also have an agreement with UltimateBet/Absolute Poker that those cardrooms will be allowed and able to return US player funds however the DoJ did not return their domain names.  Players can access them now at ubpoker.eu and absolutepoker.eu.
As far as returning funds goes only PokerStars has stepped up and actually accomplished this task so far.  It seems as though Full Tilt, UltimateBet and Absolute Poker are short on cash and looking to raise it either from the rake or (rumor has it for Full Tilt) by selling off part of the company.  In any case paying the funds owed to US players is a top priority for all these sites because they will lose the players in the rest of the world if they show they do not honor their player obligations.  There are other rumors and predictions that at least the beginning of a Full Tilt payoff for US players will happen by the start of the 2011 WSOP (that’s in just a few days so we will see).full-tilt-poker
This situation has also brought to light that Full Tilt (and possibly other cardrooms) does not segregate player funds from their operating capitol.  In the future having funds segregated until the cardroom actually “earns” the money through rake will be a must and hopefully a regulatory requirement which will eliminate these player payment issues.

Poker News Sites are Taking Advantage

I’ve seen several examples of poker news sites and blogs posting false news stories to make it look like their product is the one true cardroom and then blatantly post their affiliate link to this place at the end of their story.  Even news sites as large as www.cardplayer.com have been caught doing this with sites as lame as webcam poker or cardrooms on the Merge gaming network (which still serves US players).
I certainly understand the panic these places must feel in terms of paying their bills.  Right now almost 100% of all poker advertising income has ceased for the low limit poker sites that I own.  The big three cardrooms aren’t paying affiliates (yet) and once they do the player base won’t include US players which will reduce the amount of income for most US-based affiliates by anywhere from 75% to 95%.  I am  literally having trouble paying rent at the moment, but even so let’s have a little dignity and not mislead the very poker players we’ve always tried to help.  Ok?

Friday, May 13, 2011

“The Motley Fool” Argues for an End to Online Poker Shutdowns

motley_foolA few weeks ago, I questioned the FBI's decision to shut down a handful of online poker websites. The FBI correctly interpreted the law -- but that law didn't make any sense. Why ban online gambling when its negative effects are demonstrably less harmful than other perfectly legal evils such as obesity, smoking, or medical bills?

More importantly, this debate is about which businesses should and shouldn't be regulated. I believe that things need regulation when they can cause widespread collateral damage on innocent bystanders. Most courts have taken that test a step further, judging the legality of a game based on whether it relies on skill or luck. Skill is good. It's capitalism. Luck is bad. It ruins people -- or so the thought goes. The current ban on online poker rests largely on this skill-vs.-luck premise.

A new paper by Thomas Miles and Steven Levitt (the latter of Freakonomics fame) challenges it. The two economists used data from the 32,000 players who participated in last year's World Series of Poker to show, convincingly, that successful poker players are indeed skillful folks.

Read the rest of the story @ the Motley Fool

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Absolute Poker and UB.com Fire Pros in Wake of Black Friday Indictments

Joe Sebok, Prahlad Friedman, Scott Ian and Trishelle Cannatella have all had their ties with the cardrooms severed.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The parent company of online poker websites Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet said Monday it laid off 11 sponsored poker professionals in the United States as two of its executives face charges of tricking banks into processing illegal gambling payments.

Antigua-based Blanca Games said it has severed ties to players including Joe Sebok, Prahlad Friedman, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and "Real World" reality star Trishelle Cannatella.

"This was a difficult task for Blanca's management, and we are very disappointed that we have been compelled to sever ties with our sponsored pros," the company said. "We are truly saddened that circumstances have dictated this course of action."

The company said the indictments unsealed April 15 mean the company can't pay players to play poker. The legal actions in federal court in New York targeted 11 executives and alleged associates of Absolute, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, including Scott Tom and Brent Beckley of Absolute.

The indictment said Tom and Beckley were stepbrothers who were principal decision-makers for Absolute.

Sebok, a former Ultimate Bet-sponsored professional who has cashed 16 times at the World Series of Poker since 2005, told The Associated Press that he learned about the layoffs a week ago. Sebok said he has been talking with upper managers at Ultimate Bet since the indictments became public.

"It was obvious that, regardless of what direction things went, that sponsored players in the USA were going to be unnecessary, or certainly far less necessary," Sebok told the AP. "It was pretty obvious, at least in my mind, that we would be let go."

Sebok, popular among card fans with nearly 1.1 million Twitter followers, said he's less concerned about his situation than with American players getting back funds deposited on the sites. He said he hoped it could get done despite hurdles.

"Everyone's way of life has just been uprooted," Sebok said. "(Players) are going to have to rethink how they plan on living, moving forward."

Sebok, a founder of popular poker news site PokerRoad.com where he maintains a blog, said he hasn't yet decided what he will do next.

Blanca announced last week that it significantly reduced its staff as it fully moved away from its U.S. business.

Full Tilt and PokerStars have announced agreements with the Department of Justice to return money to players, and PokerStars says its process has begun. But Absolute has said that while paying players is its top priority, it's reviewing the legal actions with its lawyers before moving ahead to make payments.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Online Poker in Nevada in the near future? Scott Matusow says yep…


From www.scottmatusow.com

Harrah’s/Ceasar’s will be the first to roll out interstate online poker. The UIGEA only covers ” funding thru a financial institution illegal gambling”.. Nevada has legal gambling, and regulates it. It will be up to each individual state as to whether or not to allow online poker in their state. As it stands now, only a handful of states did not allow FTP/PS and others to serve them, and specifically have laws forbidding it. See, PS, by trying to team up with The Wynn Hotel, was trying to get into Nevada, and around The UIGEA. They were prepared to put in a ton of money to get into the “interstate online poker game”.. My contacts tell me that this triggered Harry Reid and Ceasar’s to use their contacts to give the “go ahead” for The DOJ to essentially muscle out the offshore giants, PS, FTP, AND UB/AP, opening up the market for Caesar’s first, then others will follow. In time, PS will return to the USA Market, once Interstate Poker is flowing, and most states allow it. This will trigger Federal regulation to allow PS/FTP and others to enter back into The USA Market, eventually. However, they will have to be legally incorporated in The USA, accepting corporate liability along with all other corporate law, and abide by any and all regulation at the time they enter back in. Basically, what has happened here is Caesar’s/Harrah’s saw a big offshore site, Pokerstars, try to move into their market in Nevada, and basically used/paid off their “people” to ensure that would just not happen.

Read the rest of the story here.

Shutdown of Internet Poker Hurts Players

Las Vegas Journal Review

It's a standard recession-era tale of woe: A company closes and workers lose their income.

But there's little else conventional about what has happened to North Las Vegan Mike Ziethlow.

Ziethlow earns a living through Internet poker, playing for cash on websites such as PokerStars and FullTilt and selling poker-training software.

Click here for the rest of the article.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PokerStars Starts Taking US Cash Outs, but Hey What About My VIP Player Points?

On Tuesday, April 26th PokerStars Starts Accepting US Player Cash Out Requests

True to its reputation they are the first online poker room to provide player cash outs.  I was able to sign into my account and cash out via Echeck (since I’ve used my checking account information before) with only a couple of clicks.  The big question now is what about the VIP points?  These can be worth a significant amount of money and I even know one player that has almost $20,000.00 worth of player points in their account.  We have a question into PokerStars and will report as soon as we have a reply on this issue.

No news so far from Full Tilt Poker on when they will allow US cash outs.  In fact I haven’t heard any official word from any of the poker pro’s from Full Tilt (beyond a couple of tweets berating UltimateBet from Tom Dwan and Daniel Negreanu), but that’s almost a daily par for the course DoJ poker raid or not.  I personally had a $600 cash out in progress at the time of the raid and Full Tilt still hasn’t even returned that money to my account.  That’s 3rd place performance out of 3 since UltimateBet and PokerStars both returned money at least to my player account.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday April 20th, 2011: PPA Claims Victory Over Evildoers! (But was really just sitting there eating a pizza)


Today the following email went out from the PPA:

4-20-2011 1-42-37 PM

The PPA here somehow want us to believe that the outcry of email and letters from us has caused the Department of Justice to change its mind and let US players get money out of their accounts.  Uh, no.  Clearly that was their plan the entire time.

What apparently is happening is the DoJ is setting things up so that there will be no legal opportunity to decide the legality of online poker (they say it is illegal, most legal experts say it is not) because in order to do so the poker rooms would have to risk one or more of their founders and the stakes for them are quite high.

Basically get the hell out of the US, never come back, and we promise your old US customers can get the money you owe them and we promise not to interfere with your future international (non-US) poker business.  It’s a tough deal to pass up when the alternative is the possibility of half your life in prison.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Professor I. Nelson Rose Talks About Current Black Friday DOJ Attacks on Online Poker

Federal Poker Indictments: Revisiting Prohibition

The timing is suspicious.

March saw Nevada regulators approving a partnership between Caesars and 888, and Wynn announcing a joint venture with PokerStars.  Now comes the indictments, three-billion-dollar civil suit and seizures of domain names by the feds.  Wynn immediately cancelled his plans.  Players were panicked.

Which was, of course, the goal.

If the allegations are true, the operators brought this on themselves, by lying and bribing bank officials. Of course, the prosecutors have the problem of convincing a jury that there is bank fraud when the "victims" are tricked into making millions of dollars.

And will this be the end of Internet poker?  Did Prohibition end drinking?

Prohibition created modern organized crime, by outlawing alcoholic beverages.  When people want something and it is illegal, organizations will arise to fill the demand.  How much more so when the activity, online poker, is not even clearly illegal?

Every action by the U.S. federal government makes it more difficult for it to go after the next operator.  The UIGEA, rammed through by the failed politician Bill Frist (R.-TN), can be seen as an anti-consumer-protection law, because it scared all of the publicly traded gaming companies out of the U.S. market.  Then prosecutors went after payment processors, making it more difficult for players to find legitimate ways to send their money to betting sites.

Now the feds have seized .com domain names and charged operators with bank fraud.  So, gaming sites are switching to .eu and .uk, and cutting off all physical contact with the U.S.  Even the present American operators can’t be extradited, so what hope is there for the DoJ to bring future foreign operators here to stand trial?

The Grand Jury has been meeting for at least a year.  The criminal indictment against PokerStars, Full Tilt, Absolute and their founders, was unsealed by the U.S. Attorney for New York on April 15, but bore a date-stamp of March 10.  So why now?

Besides the Caesars-888 and Wynn-PokerStars agreements, the Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill to regulate online poker.  And the District of Columbia actually made it legal.

The DoJ has been waging a war of intimidation against Internet gambling for years, successfully scaring players, operators, payment processors and affiliates into abandoning the American market.  Lacking the two essentials to any prosecution – a statute that clearly makes the activity illegal and a defendant physically present in the U.S. – the feds have announced showy legal action against easy targets about every other year.

Online poker is not an easy target, since a federal Court of Appeal ruled the Wire Act is limited to bets on sports events.  And tricking financial institutions into processing poker payments seems a technicality, especially since the banks made millions without paying a penny in fines.

But getting a bank to agree to process gambling transactions in return for a $10 million investment is an easier case, if true.  I can understand approaching a small bank – so small that the officer and part-owner who allegedly arranged the deal, asked for, and received, only $20,000 for his “bonus.”  But why would you do this in Utah, of all states?

There are lots of interesting nuggets in the legal papers.  The DoJ claims that one-third of the billions of dollars players deposited went to the operators through the rake.  That number seems high, but if true, it explains why everyone wants to operate an online poker room, with few expenses and no chance of losing to a lucky gambler.

Most of the activities cited occurred after the passage of the UIGEA.  This is a subtle acknowledgment that operators who left the U.S. in 2006 have nothing to fear.

Even if there was a bribe, the feds are still going to have to prove that the poker was illegal.  Since the Wire Act won’t work, prosecutors used 18 U.S.C. 1955, which makes it a federal felony if five or more people do more than $2,000 in business a day in violation of state gambling laws.  The indictment relies on "New York Penal Law 225 and 225.05 and the laws of other states." There is a “thank you” to the Washington State Gambling Commission, indicating that the DoJ is probably going to piggyback on that state’s 2006 law outlawing all Internet gambling, as well.

The Washington statute was upheld by the State Supreme Court.  Still, there are problems.  State laws are presumed not to reach beyond their borders.  And even if Internet poker is illegal in that state, it is quite a leap to seize domain names for the entire country and threaten bank accounts in places like Panama.

The only state with a law better than Washington’s is Nevada.  But basing this attack on Internet poker on Nevada law would look like it was motivated by the landbased casinos.  After all, who are the big winners here?

We will probably see the first attacks on the indictments from the two defendants who were arrested, the Utah banker and the Nevada payment processor who allegedly bribed him, when they fight extradition to New York.  And the poker operators will undoubtedly fight to get their .com names back for the rest of the world.

The operators will never stand trial.  The only U.S. extradition treaty I have found that covers illegal gambling is with Hong Kong.  Calling it bank fraud won’t work, since the defendants can show their local courts that it is based on gambling.  And it is fundamental to all extraditions that the activity be illegal in both countries.  No nation will extradite an individual to be tried for the very activity that that nation licenses.

There may not even be a settlement.  The DoJ accepted $405 million from PartyGaming and one of its founders and $100 million from Neteller and its founders.  But those companies had already left the U.S. gaming markets.  The DoJ will insist on a guilty plea to something, which might kill the operators’ chances of getting licensed when American laws change.  And no amount of money will buy them the right to open up again without a change in the law.  So what would these operators get from a settlement, other than not having to be worried about getting arrested changing planes?

It will be interesting to watch the fallout.  There are a lot of famous American poker players and others who are associated with the indicted operators.  They should be getting their affairs in order.

Meanwhile, like a raid by Elliot Ness on breweries and speakeasies during Prohibition, there are now wonderful opportunities for new operators to fill the vacuum.  Unless, of course, Americans are actually going to stop playing poker on the Internet.

© Copyright 2011, I. Nelson Rose, Encino, California.  All rights reserved worldwide.  Gambling and the Law® is a registered trademark of Professor I. Nelson Rose, www.GamblingAndTheLaw.com.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Full Tilt Poker Responds to DOJ Online Poker Raids


Full Tilt Poker™ Supports Poker Players And Its Chief Executive

Dublin Ireland (April 15, 2011) - Full Tilt Poker is saddened by today's charges against its CEO Raymond Bitar and offers its full support to Mr. Bitar and Nelson Burtnick.

Online poker is a game of skill enjoyed by tens of millions of people in the United States and across the world. And, Full Tilt Poker remains as committed as ever to preserving the rights of those players to play the game they love online.

Mr. Bitar and Full Tilt Poker believe online poker is legal - a position also taken by some of the best legal minds in the United States. Full Tilt Poker is, and has always been committed to preserving the integrity of the game and abiding by the law.

"I am surprised and disappointed by the government's decision to bring these charges. I look forward to Mr. Burtnick's and my exoneration", said Mr. Bitar.

Unfortunately, as a result of this action, Full Tilt Poker has decided that it must suspend "real money" play in the United States until this case is resolved. However, Full Tilt Poker will continue to provide peer-to-peer online poker services outside of the United States.
For more information, please call +442032877138

About Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker™ is the host of a worldwide virtual poker cardroom service. It is not in the business of betting or wagering and does not participate in the games as a player. It merely provides a service to those who wish to test their skills against others for fun, prizes or money. It is duly regulated and licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. With innovative graphics, superior customer service and a safe, secure interface, the software is geared to enhance and personalize the online poker experience. Although virtual poker is legal where the games are hosted and played, it may not be legal where individual players are located.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The morning after the US Department of Justice launched its weapons of mass destruction at online poker.

Where we are, where we’re likely to be going and what’s it all mean.

Right now the sites affected include PokerStars, UltimateBet renamed recently to UB.com, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.  As of this moment all of these domains are coming up with this DOJ web page:
4-15-2011 3-17-31 PM
PokerStars has blocked all US customers from playing on their site and Full Tilt Poker has reported that it will make a similar block sometime in the very near future.  There has been no comment from UltimateBet/Absolute Poker. 
It seems as though this insta-blocking of US customers is an attempt to dissuade the DOJ from going after all the poker rooms assets and using Interpol(!) to arrest the lead people from all four sites.  Obviously if this occurs it will mean a giant shakeup in the online poker industry not just for US players but for people worldwide.  Online poker will survive of course but the landscape may look very different in six months then it does now.
Obviously this affects a lot of people not the least of which is MellowYellow (the PokerStars player this blog tracked through most of last year and who finally achieved SuperNova elite status though hardcore 24-table poker playing). They are now unable to play in the US and may in fact lose all the value from their efforts last year.
We are recommending that if you disagree with this DOJ action you immediately contact your congressman and senators.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why Watch the Video?

From the most recent Full Tilt pro advice newsletter…

12-23-2010 11-06-16 PM

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Multi-Table Madness!

This year PokerStars is offering several enhancements to their already generous VIP program including more player points per hand in most games and tournaments, Stellar Rewards which are an incremental set of bonuses which anyone who plays any amount of poker will get a piece of (and amount to an additional $1,000 extra on your way to Supernova status for the year) and maybe most importantly for the serious grinders they’ve revamped their “Milestone Bonuses” so that you get much bigger bonuses at 100k, 200k, 300k, etc. points on your way to their very highest yearly level Supernova Elite.

I want to write more in detail about what they’re doing in another post but this post is really here to offer a small utility I wrote that will assist people who are doing extreme multi-tabling on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

Behold PSTables.exe:

PSTables.exe Screenshot

Yes, this program provides a small window that will show how many tables you have open (works for Hold ’Em tables only on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker).  It will also show the number of tables on your taskbar and clicking the taskbar icon shows and hides the main desktop window.  This really is useful when you are multi-tabling 12, 16, or even 24 tables at the same time so you can be sure you keep your target number open keep the VPPs flowing at the highest rate.

The utility can be found only on Low Limit Holdem Strategy and Tactics—do not trust any mirror locations.

Get the PokerStars Table Counter Here!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Face the Ace is the Worst Poker Show Ever

NUP_135837_0035Since the last poker explosion which I’ll give full credit to the World Poker Tour for creating, there have been a number of poker shows on TV.  Many of them weren’t very good (Celebrity Poker on Bravo anyone?) but none of them were as bad as this horrible piece of crap brought to you by the creative forces of Full Tilt poker and NBC.  The only show that comes close to the “What the hell were you thinking…” moments of this one was Ultimate Blackjack which I think lasted almost an entire episode.

Lets break it down…

  • The host, Steve Schirripa, seems to know next to nothing about poker.  What he does have is an acting role in “The Sopranos” for a little mafia flavor.  Yes, that’s just the image we were hoping for as the PPA lobbies congress to legalize online poker in the United States.
  • The contestants, as you might imagine, are nervous amateurs.  Well at least we won’t be relying on their conversation skills as the primary source of entertainment during the meat of each episode.  What?  Oh shit.
  • The structure has these nervous amateur contestants risking 100% of their previous winnings to play the next “Ace” from Full Tilt poker and the next big payday.  Win the first match in Face the Ace and get $40,000.  Win the second match get $200,000.  Win the third match and get $1,000,000.   Lose the third match (and spoiler alert THAT IS JUST WHAT HAPPENED ON EPISODE 2) and almost cry on TV and the days later probably kill yourself.  Brilliant NBC.

Where can I sign up?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Other Cardrooms, why can’t you do what PokerStars does?

I guess I’m not a ‘put all your eggs in one basket’ kind of guy, so I like playing poker live at a few different cardrooms and I also like playing online at a few places.  When I’m playing live here in Southern California at the Bike or Commerce I almost don’t care about the room I’m in as much as the particular game I’m playing.  After all I can only sit in one seat live and I don’t have to work about cashout timing (I’ve always been able to convert my chips to and from cash at the live cardrooms without issue and most importantly, immediately!)

Online it’s a different story.  The way the different cardrooms handle multi-tabling support (playing one more that one table at the same time), customer support, funding and cashing out all vary quite a bit, but in the online world there appears to be one constant.  PokerStars is best.  I might be able to find a better table (one with worse players) at UltimateBet or Full Tilt Poker but seemingly without fail of there’s a quality comparison between the cardrooms like which site is it easiest to multi-table 20 tables or which site has the best player loyalty program or which site has (by far!) the best customer service then the answer so far has always been PokerStars.  Naturally that’s one very good reason to play poker there and I definite do that, but I particularly want to do that exclusively so this is a shout out to the top cardrooms to get your collective acts together.  YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG and POKERSTARS IS DOING IT RIGHT.  This is especially true in the realm of customer support where PokerStars actually gets back to you with REAL INFORMATION and they do it FAST.  It’s also true in terms of software features to help people play more than one table at a time.  I’ve found that I can play at least double the number of tables comfortably that I can play on any other site.  Note to other sites:  COPY OR IMPROVE ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING.  Is there not enough money in online poker?  Can’t you afford it Full Tilt?  I know you can…  So DO IT.  Arrrg.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Full Tilt Celebrating 5 Year Anniversary

Starting at five minutes after midnight tonight (Eastern time), Full Tilt Poker will be starting their 55 hour 5 year anniversary celebration.  All points earned during the 2+ day event will earn 5x Full Tilt points for all time spent at the tables.  Got your eye on some fancy new Full Tilt gear?  Now is the time to grind some poker (maybe clear your bonuses) and get a huge return on frequent player points.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Just in case going out on the bubble didn’t irritate you enough…

… After every sit and go tournament at Full Tilt Poker:


Personally I couldn’t find any way to turn this dialog off.  (checking the box on the dialog merely causes the tournament window to close after you are knocked out).  Anyone else have luck with getting rid of this rat bastard message?