Launched in 2004, Full Tilt became one of the biggest and most successful online poker sites in history.
The entire site came crashing to the ground in 2011, however, when the company was unable to pay back its players after the events of Black Friday.
Former rival PokerStars finally stepped in and purchased the site and paid back all players in a spectacular industry-defining move.
The new Full Tilt is leaner and meaner than ever with no more "Team Full Tilt" players and instead a dedicated focus on the recreational poker player. It's a whole new ball game and the old guard of Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Phil Ivey no longer have any connection to the site.
Fortunately the product is as strong as ever, perhaps even better than ever with PokerStars-level security and finances.
Full Tilt is also one of the most innovative poker sites in the world with variants you won't find anywhere else. In early 2010 Full Tilt introduced Rush Poker, which marked the debut of fast-fold poker, a boon for action junkies everywhere. Sit & Go Jackpots, Adrenaline Rush and 1UP Multi-Entry tournaments are just a sample of the unusual games you'll find on Full Tilt. The site also offers a complete casino if you're into that kind of thing.
Interestingly in 2015 Full Tilt streamlined the site even further by removing table selection, heads-up tables and more complicated games like Stud and Draw. The result is a site that's extremely friendly for new players, which makes the games quite a bit easier.
Full Tilt's software is considered by many to be the best in the entire poker industry and is available for Windows, OSX, iOS and Android.
Not currently available to U.S. players Full Tilt Poker is still open to anyone outside of the U.S. and remains one of the biggest online poker sites in the world.
Bonus Code and Promotions
Full Tilt offers a $600 sign-up bonus at 100% deposit match for all players.
Bonus Payout: Your bonus clears at the rate of $1 for every 25 Full Tilt Points. For example it would take 250 FTPs to clear $10. The bonus is released to a player's cash account in increments of 10% of the initial deposit or $20, whichever is smaller. Clearing time is 90 days.
Playing in any qualifying raked real-money ring-game hand or real-money MTT or sit-and-go earns Full Tilt player points. For each $1 raked from a pot in a ring game, 10 Full Tilt Points will be divided between players. Only players who put money into a raked pot will receive points. Players who contributed more to the rake will receive more points.
For every $1 in MTT or SNG fees, players get 10 Full Tilt Points with no limit to the amount earned per tournament. E.g. play in a $200+$16 tournament, you'll earn 160 points.
Full Tilt Points can then be spent on merch in the FTP store, exclusive tourneys and more. Earn double or triple points during daily Happy Hour periods; bonus points automatically appear in your account. Get enough points and you'll qualify for the Edge Program, which offers serious cash benefits.
Because of the volume of players there's never a shortage of ongoing promos at Full Tilt. Points tourneys run frequently with plenty of satellites to big live and online events like the WPT, WSOP or the FTOPS series included. Daily happy hours, bounty tourneys, leaderboard and Iron Man challenges are just a few more examples - check the news and promos page on FTP for the latest.
Tournaments and Freerolls
Full Tilt has a massive amount of tournaments with buy-ins from $1 all the way up into the thousands. Events are busy, fast and well structured.
Players wanting to test their skills at big guaranteed MTTs will find plenty of chances at Full Tilt with millions in guaranteed events each week. It's also still growing, adding more tournaments daily and players are sure to find an event they like.
Full Tilt is also home to insane Sit & Go Jackpot tournaments where players can win potentially win 2,000X their buy-in just for beating two other players.
Full Tilt runs plenty of freerolls also - most of which are multi-table events with relatively loose play. One of the unique features of Tilt though is that freerolls are run in all game varieties, not just Texas Hold'em. It's a huge benefit for game specialists and old schoolers looking for a shot at free money, while players looking to try some new games can enter the events without the risk of crippling their bankrolls.
For those looking for larger freerolls, Full Tilt runs an assortment of free tournaments where players can buy in with their player points. Tons of big ticket freerolls for packages to the WSOP, WPT, EPT and more are also constantly on the table.
Software and Graphics
Full Tilt's software is one of the best available, with good customization options, fast game play, nice graphics and high reliability. It offers all the major features including player notes, statistics and multi-table play, plus a number of unique special features that really enhance game play.
One major change is that in 2015 the folks behind Full Tilt made the decision to remove all forms of table selection an effort to protect new players from the sharks. The tech staff also removed heads-up games, which were particularly tough for new players.
Overall, it's definitely made by and for poker players, and gets better with every update. The latest version of the Full Tilt software supports play at 18 tables simultaneously and it's very well-suited for multi-table play with easy-to-use table functions, a great mini-view, a "time bank" for crucial decisions and the ability to sit at any table position.
The mini-table view is clean and easy to use with nine tables possible on a 22" monitor with no overlap. You can also save your own custom table layout settings.
Full Tilt offers a ton of special features and every software update adds more smart functionality. Among the best are the time bank for making big decisions, a "top up" feature that automatically refills your stack at cash games, pre-determined buy-ins, automatic re-buys, a log-in history and taking satellite wins in credits instead of a fixed buy-in.
Full Tilt's software also offers several exclusive features you won't find anywhere else including rapid-fire Rush Poker multi-table tournaments and even multi-entry tournaments.
There's also a complete online casino for players looking for a quick gamble. Pure poker players can just ignore it and focus on poker, however.
One of the best things about Full Tilt's software is that it's available for nearly every device on the planet including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones and Android devices.
For a direct and free Full Tilt Poker download, click on the download link above.
Full Tilt has gone through a bit of a transition over the years and, while it used to be a serious grinder's site, it's becoming more and more of a destination for casual players, especially in the lower stakes. These days it's one of the softest sites around, which is a good thing for all poker players.
There's a good chance Full Tilt got softer because of the site's online casino, which launched in 2013. It's hard to complain when it tends to funnel bad poker players into the site's ecosystem. The micro-stakes on Full Tilt are especially good for new players.
Just make sure to bring your A-game when you venture into the mid-stakes games because there are some legitimate sharks that patrol the waters. In the higher stakes it obviously gets even tougher.
While No-Limit Hold'em is always the main attraction, Full Tilt also offers some very good Pot-Limit Omaha games.