After a year and a half wait, Full Tilt Poker has officially been re-launched by PokerStars. The launch is being supported by an online promotion called ‘Deal Me In’, which will offer players up to $250,000 in a series of Freeroll tournaments from today’s launch through Sunday November 11. Full Tilt’s Freeroll tournament requires no entry fees, and instead is money offered to welcome players back to the poker room.
Before the relaunch Full Tilt acquired numerous poker stars to act as ambassadors for the re-launched poker room. Some of the names will be familiar to poker players around the world including Gus Hansen, Viktor Blom, and Tom Dwan. Hansen says he and millions of other poker players have been looking forward to this day ever since the launch date was first announced. Full Tilt Poker Head of Marketing Sarne Lightman spoke about being back, as he calls it “better than ever”.
“We are bringing back to the players everything they loved about the site and we invite them to help us celebrate by joining our ‘Deal Me In’ launch promotions.
Full Tilt Poker was shut down in a date dubbed ‘Black Friday’ by poker fans, when the US Department of Justice ruled that allowing US players to gamble for real money violated US gambling laws. After agreeing to settlements, which included allowing rival PokerStars to purchase the rights to Full Tilt and the withdrawal of real-money activity in countries that consider online gambling illegal, a gaming license was reissued.
As a result of the acquisition by PokerStars, Full Tilt players have the option to transfer their account funds to the sister site for action in other poker rooms, or continue playing in Full Tilt tournaments. Full Tilt issued a press release discussing the new arrangement.
“The two sites represent the largest pool of online poker players in the world, making it possible to offer the greatest number and variety of cash games and tournaments.”