Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker is an online poker room with company headquarters on Alderney. Full Tilt Poker is known mainly because of Team Full Tilt, which consisted of many well-known professional poker players. According to PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker is the second largest virtual poker room was worldwide.

On 29 June 2011 Full Tilt Poker by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission ( AGCC ) has suspended the license. Thus, it was Full Tilt Poker customers forbidden money on or to pay off. One of the reasons why Full Tilt Poker has revoked the license, was an indictment of the U.S. Department of Justice on 15 April 2011, which is also known as Black Friday in the poker world. Furthermore, should have been financially out the operating company of Full Tilt Poker by the AGCC regulations.

The online portal of Full Tilt Poker was temporarily closed along with similar offerings such as PokerStars, Absolute Poker and UltimateBet by the FBI for fraud and money laundering on 16 April 2011. Full Tilt Poker and 11 responsible managers are suspected to have operated a worldwide system of deception.

Since November 6, 2012 Full Tilt Poker is back online, but under a new operator, the former competitors and online poker room giant PokerStars.


Was opened the page in June 2004. Full Tilt undertook many professional poker players who play exclusively at Full Tilt. Under the motto " Learn, chat and play with the pros " ( "Learn, chat and play with the pros ") was advertised that players play poker together with professionals. Furthermore, were published on the website under the category "Tips from the Pros " hints and tips that wrote the professional players themselves.

In addition were the most common poker game Texas Hold em ' moreover, Omaha High, Omaha Hi -Lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Stud Hi -Lo and HORSE offered.

U.S. ban on online gambling

After September 2006, the Government of the United States, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 ( UIGEA ) had decided the law for online poker providers changed. This law prohibits banks in the U.S. to perform transfers to online casinos, so U.S. players can not make any further payments on gambling operators. As a result of this law included many well-known poker sites (including Party Poker, Pacific Poker and Paradise Poker) and online casinos its doors for U.S. users. However, other sites ( Bodog, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker ) increased further to U.S. players since they do not consider poker as gambling. In their opinion, poker is a game that demands skill and experience. Together with the PPA ( Poker Players Alliance ) these poker rooms want to achieve a change in the law, especially since other, classified as gambling betting games ( horse racing, online lotteries ) are not affected by this law.

Promotional activities

Full Tilt Poker operating particularly in the U.S. major media campaigns to recruit new players. Besides the usual bonuses in the industry for the initial these campaigns are based primarily on the company's concept of " Learn, chat and play with the pros ." In addition, Full Tilt various poker shows on television sponsors: Learn from the Pros, Poker Championship at Red Rock, Poker After Dark poker and Equalizer. With the publication of the Safe Port Act, the company moved first exclusively on advertising for the play money side FullTiltPoker.net, but soon took on the campaign for the main FullTiltPoker.com again. The new advertising campaigns are clearly oriented towards the Safe Port Act and aim to highlight the strategic aspect in poker.

Team Full Tilt

The Team Full Tilt consisted of some of the most famous poker players in the world, namely:

Full Tilt Pros

In addition to Team Full Tilt, there is the Full Tilt pros who play poker at Full Tilt, but are not a member of the team. The pros include: Andy Black, David Benyamine, Farzad Bonyadi, John Cernuto, David Chiu, John D' Agostino, Roland De Wolfe, Layne Flack, Eric Froehlich, David Grey, Berry Johnston, Jeff Madsen, Robert Mizrachi, Carlos Mortensen, Edward Sharp, Huck Seed, David Singer, Gavin Smith, Mark Vos, Paul Wasicka and Lee Watkinson. The Hendon Mob ( Ram Vaswani, Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman, Joe Beevers ) is also sponsored by Full Tilt.

New under the Full Tilt Pros are the two online players Pascal Nimtz ( kallenimtz ) and Oliver Laube ( Tillai1 ), which could, on 12 February 2008 and on 17 February 2008, the Full Tilt German Opens decide each for himself. They have left each 300 other competitors behind.

Allegations of money laundering, illegal gambling and bank fraud

On 15 June 2011, referred to in poker media as Black Friday, the three largest poker portals in the U.S., including Full Tilt Poker, were closed for several days by the FBI. The poker platforms is accused of money laundering, illegal gambling and bank fraud. The legal basis for this the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of war forbids 2006 ( UIGEA ), the online gambling in the USA.

Full Tilt Poker took over the operation for non-US players to again until shortly after the gambling license issued by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission ( AGCC ) has been withdrawn. An investigation of the U.S. Department of Justice became public that were available in bank accounts at 390 million U.S. dollars in client deposits, 150 million of U.S. players, only 60 million U.S. dollars. The New York Attorney Preet Bharara alleged that Full Tilt Poker on September 20, 2011 to have operated a global Ponzi scheme. From 2007 to 2011 should have been paid to the board of directors and company owners also from customer deposits about 444 million U.S. dollars. Chris Ferguson's lawyer Ian Imrich contradicted the alleged Ponzi scheme and instead spoke of mismanagement.

The CEO of Full Tilt Poker, Raymond Bitar, it turned to the authorities and was arrested by the FBI on July 2, 2012 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Bitar faces up to 145 years in prison. The head of the payment processing Nelson Burtnick September 2012 of bank fraud pleaded guilty. U.S. banks by depositing players were led by Full Tilt Poker aware astray, so payments were carried out despite gambling ban.

Debt & Relaunch

October 8, 2012 it was announced on the Web site Full Tilt Poker that page on November 6, 2012 goes on-line. New owner of the page is by his own admission the Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.. be, which also operates the former competitor PokerStars. In addition, the new operators want 184 million U.S. dollars in compensation to all those players pay to which the credit was frozen on the page following the withdrawal of the gambling license issued by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission ( AGCC ). This is only true for non-US players. The new license was the online poker room of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, which also PokerStars is licensed.

A licensing for players from France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium and Estonia is not planned. In addition, the games is real money and account activity for players from the USA is not available.

The first Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen after the takeover was put back under contract, now the Viktor "Isildur1 " Blom and Tom "durrrr " Dwan are followed.


  • The software has been co-developed and programmed by the pro player Chris Ferguson.
  • Howard Lederer is also co-founder and shareholder of Full Tilt Poker.
  • Software clients are available for the operating systems Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.
  • In addition to bonuses for deposits is the " Full Tilt Store " offered where you can buy, among other baseball caps and sweatshirts. This requires collecting bonus points, you get to make money while playing.
  • Overall, the players of Team Full Tilt have 32 bracelets in the World Series of Poker.