It took over 16 months but Full Tilt Poker is once again open for business.
The site officially re-launched with real-money games at 7 a.m. ET Tuesday morning and at the time this article was published there were over 40,000 players on the site.
The site is available to most countries outside the U.S. (although Italy, France and Spain are notable exceptions) and players can now withdraw funds if they choose to.
Among the 40,000 players on the site at launch were Full Tilt Professionals Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.
"The return of Full Tilt Poker fills a hole in the community that's been felt by millions of players," said Hansen. "A lot of people have been waiting for this day to come and now that it's here we can all look towards a brighter future."
It’s been a bizarre journey for the former second-biggest poker site in the world.
Since Black Friday, Full Tilt had its license pulled by the Alderney Gaming Commission, was accused of being a Ponzi scheme by the DOJ and failed to complete a deal with the Bernard Tapie group.
Finally PokerStars officially announced it had settled with the DOJ and would take over the Full Tilt Poker assets as part of the deal this summer.
Gus Hansen is back on Full Tilt.
$250,000 in Freerolls Available to Players on Full Tilt
"Full Tilt Poker is back and better than ever," said Sarne Lightman, Head of Marketing for FTP.
"We are bringing back to the players everything they loved about the site and we invite them to help us celebrate by joining our 'Deal Me In' launch promotions."
As part of the Deal Me In promos Full Tilt Poker is offering $200 in bonus cash to each player and $250,000 in freerolls.
Although players in Italy, Spain, Denmark, Estonia and Belgium cannot currently play on Full Tilt Poker, they can withdraw their funds on the site.
U.S. players, on the other hand, will have to wait a bit longer as the U.S. Department of Justice is handling their account balances and have been essentially silent since the PokerStars deal was announced this summer.
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