One of the most iconic brands of the modern poker era will be consigned to the history books on Thursday.
Full Tilt Poker was arguably the definitive poker site of the pre Black Friday era. It boasted the biggest roster of professional players, had the highest stakes ever played online and had a software that was years ahead of its time.
Then, of course, Black Friday happened and what was once a haven of poker dreams soon became the stuff of nightmares, as millions of dollars in poker player bankrolls were stuck in limbo on the site for years.
That was until PokerStars came to the rescue, acquiring the brand and reimbursing rest of the world players in the process. US players would eventually see their bankrolls again courtesy of the Department of Justice.
After that Full Tilt Poker remained a skin on the PokerStars network and quickly dropped out of relevance in poker. This week, on February 25, PokerStars will retire the brand entirely. The remaining Full Tilt players will migrate over to PokerStars.
Play with the Pros
Founded in 2004 with some of the biggest players in the game involved, Full Tilt Poker was the iconic brand of an era. PokerStars may have had Chris Moneymaker, but Full Tilt sold the dream of being a professional poker player.
They hosted some of the biggest cash games in the world, including the infamous Rail Heaven and the durrrr Challenge. The largest pot in online poker history (and most of the top ten) are from those Rail Heaven games in 2009.
The software was years ahead of the competition and could still hold up in 2021. It had memorable avatars and was the first site to offer fast fold poker, which they called Rush Poker. The software is not for sale, according to pokerfuse.
For many the memories of Full Tilt Poker will be negative. The sites founders mishandled player funds which ended a lot of poker dreams when Black Friday happened. Most players, however, at least have a very positive memory of playing on the site and the dream of being a ‘Red Pro’.
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