Full Tilt Poker has issued an announcement on its Web site blog that players can still qualify at the poker room for various live poker tournaments around the United States, including the World Poker Tour (WPT) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and its circuit events, despite the enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) Friday.
The poker room, which is one of the few top sites still offering play to U.S. residents, said it will continue to award players seats to live poker tournaments across the U.S. through bi-weekly Winner's Choice tournaments and other promotions, though the method through which a player is awarded their online qualifier prize has changed as a result of the new legal situation created by the UIGEA.
"Upon winning a Winner's Choice or other prize package to a live, U.S. tournament, Full Tilt Poker will immediately deposit any monies you may have won, excluding the cost of the tournament entry, into your player account," the Web site said in its statement.
"Additionally, at this time, you will be asked to provide Full Tilt Poker with proof of identification, your mailing address, and your shirt size so that we can send you a Full Tilt Poker shirt and hat to wear at the tournament.
"Full Tilt Poker will then deposit your tournament entry fee into your player account. Once you receive these funds, you may use them to purchase your seat at the live tournament."
Full Tilt goes on to say that they will continue to monitor the impact of the UIGEA as it is implemented in the United States and any possible effect it may have on Full Tilt's "ability to satellite players into live, U.S.-based tournaments." The poker room will revise its policies in relation to online satellites as appropriate.
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