Full Tilt Poker backs out of Moscow Millions

Erik Seidel
Full Tilt's Erik Seidel will no longer be making an appearance at the Russian tournament.

Full Tilt Poker is pulling its sponsorship of the Moscow Millions to focus on other tournament commitments, the company announced Wednesday.

The poker room said it has decided to "re-evaluate the timing" of sponsoring the Oct. 20-22 event in Russia, citing its full schedule of tournaments this fall and in early 2008.

Already on the agenda for Team Full Tilt are events such as the World Series of Poker Europe, original programming commitments in Great Britain, major sponsorships in Germany and the 2008 Aussie Millions.

"Recognizing the substantial potential of the Moscow Millions and Russia in general, the company has decided to postpone sponsorship to insure complete dedication to the success of the event," Full Tilt said in a statement.

The site has been running qualifiers to the event since early June, offering players weekly satellites to win a $15,000 prize package to the televised tournament. Full Tilt pros such as Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Howard Lederer and Erik Seidel were already committed to competing in the Moscow Millions.

The pullout will no doubt be a big blow to the tournament, as Full Tilt Poker is the second largest poker site online and one of the strongest brands in the industry. Strengthening its image is a roster of the world's most renowned poker players, including the Hendon Mob, Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen and Allen Cunningham.

The company also features a library of the most extensive original poker programming, which comes from the more than 200 hours of game coverage annually filmed for television networks around the world.

Despite Full Tilt withdrawing sponsorship from the event, the tournament is still set to go ahead this fall.

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