Poker Site Reviews –
Full Tilt Poker vs. Poker Stars
One of the most popular online poker sites which has been sure to make
itself available to U.S. customers, as well as other poker players all over
the world, (even in light of recent anti-gambling legislation in the U.S.)
is Full Tilt Poker. Fulltiltpoker.com remains one of the most popular
online poker sites for free online poker, online poker cash games and
online poker tournaments.
The most appealing aspect of Full Tilt Poker is its stable of talented
players who are affiliated with the site. It seems like almost everyone who
is anyone in the poker world is on the Full Tilt team. Full Tilt features
World Series of Poker main event champions (Chris Ferguson, Huck Seed,
Carlos Mortenson), WSOP multiple bracelet winners (Allen Cunningham, John
Juanda, Howard Lederer) and a host of other poker stars.
The relationship that Full Tilt Poker has with these celebrities of the
poker world is of great benefit to the average player. In addition to the
possibility of actually playing with one or more of these poker greats in
an online Full Tilt tournament, members of Full Tilt can also enjoy regular
tips from the pros, bits of inside information
that poker professionals offer for free to Full Tilt members to help
improve their game.
Full Tilt has everything a good online poker site needs: Quality software
and graphics, all of your favorite poker games, including no-limit, pot
limit, and limit Texas hold’em, Omaha and Omaha hi/lo, Seven card stud,
and even mixed games like H.O.R.S.E. Of course, there are also tournaments
round the clock, including satellites which you can use to win your way
into big money events.
One of the most exciting tournament features Full Tilt currently offers is
the Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS. The main event of FTOPS II had
nearly 2,500 players and a prize pool in excess of $1 million. FTOPS III
looks to be even bigger, with over three million dollars of guaranteed
prize money for the series.
Full Tilt offers large sign up match poker bonuses and reload bonuses, as
well as Full Tilt points, earned by continuing to play on the site, which
can be exchanged for freeroll tournament entries and merchandise.
When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed by the United
States House of Representatives as part of a needed port securities bill,
it was briefly feared that all would be lost for U.S. poker players, as a
number of online poker sites quickly withdrew from the United States
market. Many casino sites suffered from the same problem and many thought
that U.S. players weren’t even going to be allowed to play an innocent
game of videopoker. Poker Stars admirably jumped into the void left by these online poker
sites. By remaining faithful to its U.S. customers, Poker Stars has become
the most highly trafficked online poker site in the world for free online
poker, real money cash games and online poker tournaments. You are
guaranteed to find the tournament or cash game of your liking, at your
favorite stakes, in any type of poker game you enjoy, be it Texas
hold’em, seven card stud, or even more esoteric games such as five card
draw, Razz, Deuce to Seven triple draw, and even mixed games like
H.O.R.S.E. (hold’em, Omaha, Razz, stud, and stud/eight or better). All of
these games are available not only in cash form, but in tournament form.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a Razz tournament on most other online
poker sites. Poker Stars also offers micro-limit games and heads-up games.
Deposit options to Poker Stars or any online poker site are still limited
for U.S. players, but you can still get your money in and out fairly easily
with options such as ePassporte. As a site affiliated with three of the
last World Series of Poker champions (Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Joe
Hachem), Poker Stars is dedicated to sending its players to the big event,
and offers plenty of great World Series of Poker satellites to help any
hopeful budding poker star take their shot at fame and fortune.
Poker Stars has great poker bonuses for new players, and these can be
found on poker websites like Pokerlistings.com or in your favorite poker
magazine. Poker Stars offers appealing loyalty bonuses as well. Poker Stars
has a loyalty program, called Frequent Player Points (FPPs), which you earn
for continued play and which can be used for tournament entries or to
purchase Poker Stars items. They also have a VIP program with varying
levels according to frequency of play. Reaching certain VIP levels allow
you to play in certain restricted tournaments and to receive special VIP
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