Full Tilt Poker is dead. Long live Full Tilt.
On Tuesday, May 17th, Full Tilt was officially absorbed into PokerStars, ending the second – and likely last – era of the gaming site’s existence. Amaya Inc., the parent company of both sites, announced the merger in February, saying:
This platform migration will allow Amaya’s development and technology teams to focus on improving one market-leading platform rather than two, leading to a better gaming experience for all; improvements and features will be delivered faster and more efficiently rather than doubling development requirements. For instance, rather than splitting resources developing Full Tilt Jackpot Sit & Go and PokerStars Spin & Go features independently, teams will be able to work together on delivering the best possible product on one platform.
Full Tilt’s software was quite popular; it was attractive, colorful, easy to use, and generally ran quite smoothly. Despite this, though, the software platform will be retired. Full Tilt will technically still exist, but only as a skin of PokerStars. The login screen asks players to login to their PokerStars accounts and the lobby, aside from the presence of the Full Tilt logo and Full Tilt color scheme, looks just like PokerStars’. A few other Full Tilt remnants remain, such as The Deal, Full Tilt avatars, and the name Rush Poker instead of Zoom Poker. The table views still look very much like Full Tilt, also.
To celebrate the integration of the two sites, Amaya has launched the Jackpot Unchained promotion for Full Tilt players who continue playing on the new software. It’s not really that impressive, but here’s what Full Tilt players are being offered:
The Deal Jackpot Guarantee – for four weeks, The Deal Daily Top Up will add an extra $2,000 to The Deal Jackpot. On Tuesday, June 14th, the jackpot is guaranteed to be at least $100,000.
Weekly Upgrade Freerolls – $10,000 freeroll every Saturday for four weeks.
Stake $5 Get $5 – wager $5 on any of eight specific slot machines, get a $5 casino bonus.
Magnificent 7 – seven different slot machines from the above, wager $25 or more and get 25 free spins.
$25K Takeaway – earn 12 StarsCoin in a day in casino games, get put into a drawing for $25,000 in prizes.
50 Percent Slots Cashback – earn 60 StarsCoin in slots, get 50 percent back in net losses up to $350.
The merger of PokerStars and Full Tilt likely won’t make too much of a dent on the poker landscape. According to PokerScout.com, PokerStars has a seven-day average of 13,000 cash game players, far more than any other poker room. Full Tilt has just 550, most of whom probably also play on PokerStars. Because of the overlap, PokerStars’ traffic figures may go up a bit, but not all that much.