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.

Poker Stars 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 promotions.

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