Full Tilt Adds 5-Card Stud, Irish, Escalator Tournaments

Irish poker
Irish, a four-card version of Hold'em, is available on FTP now.

Recently-revived Full Tilt Poker has added 5-Card Stud, Irish and a new format called the Escalator Tournament to its online-poker offering.

FTP, which has been back up and running for just over four months, has already retaken its pre-Black Friday position of the second-biggest online poker room in the world, according to PokerScout.com.

Now its players will have an even wider selection of games to choose from.

While most players are familiar with 5-Card Stud, the two other additions are far less common.

Irish is a variant of Hold'em, where instead of players receiving two hole cards they get four and must discard two after the flop round of betting.

Before tackling Irish, however, we recommend trying out Crazy Pineapple, a variant where players receive three hole cards and must discard one after the flop.

Escalators Give You More Play When it Counts

The most interesting of FTP's three new games is the Escalator Tournament.

This new format gives players a deeper structure when it counts by making the blind levels gradually longer as the event plays out.

A common complaint about traditional deepstack structures is that there's plenty of play at the beginning when the blinds are low, but not enough when play reaches the money and the final table.

Full Tilt hopes to solve that by speeding up the early stages while adding more room to play once you're in the money.

Check out PokerListings.com's comprehensive Full Tilt Poker review for info on everything they have to offer.

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