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Full Tilt Poker Review

Ratings

Software/Interface: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
Game Variety: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
Ease of Deposit/Withdrawal: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
Security/Stability: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
poker players: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (4/5)
Bad Beats*: 1 Star1 Star1 Star (3/5)
* - Guesstimate of bad beat frequency vs. other poker sites/live play. Less stars means more beats.

Overall Rating: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (4/5)

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Interface
Full Tilt Poker has probably one of the sexiest interfaces known in the industry to date. Full Tilt is the site I choose to play on personally and as a student of game/interactive design I have a soft-spot for strong interfaces. Full Tilt Poker has a very well designed and easy to use interface that makes finding the table you want to play at quick and easy.

Game Variety
Full Tilt offers a very wide range of game types, tournaments and cash games. Full Tilt's site offers all major forms of poker (hold'em, omaha, stud, razz and all hi/hi-lo combinations). In addition to the assortment of games, the tournaments on Full Tilt are top notch. The buy-in relative to the prize pool is excellent for poker players regardless of bankroll and most large tournaments have affordable satellites. The tournaments have icons denoting the type of tournament such as: knockout, rebuy/add-on, superstack, etc... as well as color coding to find the type of game you're looking for. Full Tilt holds huge tournaments such as all the FTOPs events that are hosted by the Full Tilt pros and the weekly 750k Guarantee as well as the monthly $1 Million Guarantee.

As far as ring games are concerned, all the micro- and macro-limit games are available with blinds starting as low as $0.05-$0.10 and go as high as $500-$1000. Its equally as easy to locate a cash table to play at and just about as easy to locate to profitable table with a few fish and calling stations to provide you with big pay-offs on big hands. If you can't find a good, profitable table check out Poker-Edge in the Tools->Utilities/Software section of the site for help with that.

Ease of Deposit/Withdrawal
Full Tilt has made it extremely easy to deposit AND withdraw money from your poker player account. When I first started playing at Full Tilt it was a huge pain to withdraw and took a lot of time. Full Tilt accepts major credit cards and other processors such as NetTeller, ePassport, Click2Pay and Instant eChecks. Withdrawal is available through bank transfer, epassport or cheque and in my experience using bank transfer has been smooth and effortless. I received my cash out within a few business days.

Security/Stability
As far as i'm concerned, Full Tilt is extremely secure and stable both generally and financially. If you watch poker on TV like I do, you'll see Full Tilt ads during just about every commercial and that personally instills extra safety into my mind because they are making the kind of money and have the stability to constantly advertise and market their site. Full Tilt is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to insure utmost leigitimacy and fairness to the poker players. As a poker player on Full Tilt, I feel safe and secure while playing and do not feel any level of paranoia regarding the safety of my bankroll.

poker players
The poker players on Full Tilt are a nice mix of different styles and experience levels. As expected, a large majority of the donkeys and fish are in the lower limits and cheaper tournaments but like anywhere there are still a large chunk of idiots tainting the big tournaments and high stakes cash games. I have experienced more solid poker players than not, but its the bad poker players that I tend to remember more. Like any online site, poker players are super aggressive with their betting and most poker players call any standard raise amount once they have invested any amount of money in the pot which is more bad than good because monster hands don't hold up as often as they should.

Bad Beats
I haven't seen too many review sites tread into this territory but as an online poker player myself, one of the questions I always ask when considering trying out a different poker site is the frequency and magnitude of the bad beats that pop up on the site. I have played on Full Tilt for about a year and have seen some absolutely sick beats and taken them myself that I have yet to see live. Bad Beats come more often online than live due to more hands per hour being played, and everyone has read the conspiracies about action flops being increased and big stacks being favored. I'm not playing conspiracy theorist here but heed my words for what its worth. Full Tilt's RNG likes to deal out a lot of full houses, flushes and ridiculous runner-runners for "hopelessly" behind hands. As you play there you'll see them quite a few times during a sit-n-go and probably a few dozen times during the duration of a tournament. Between Full Tilt, Bodog and PokerStars however, the magnitude of the beats are tremendously lower and a lot less ridiculous.

Overall
Full Tilt is a relatively new poker site that has grown to be one of the biggest poker sites in the world presently. Despite the occasional short-comings and tilting bad beats I still choose Full Tilt over any other poker site for the type of games I like to play. As a college student, I like to play cheap and like to satellite into bigger tournaments so if you don't want to put a few Gs in there to play this is a great site with top-notch satellite systems and the largest variety of games I've seen on any poker site. On top of everything discussed before, they have deals with a huge chunk of the professional poker players out there and its relatively easy to chat with them, most of them will answer your questions if you find them at a table. They also hold chats with the Full Tilt Pros on a scheduled basis which is a very cool feature. Full Tilt Poker accepts poker players from the United States.

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