Why Full Tilt’s and PokerStars’ New Licences are Important
Launching on the 21st of February, the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XXIX will run for three weeks and offer up $1 million in guarantees. However, following some turbulent years for this poker site, the FTOPS will be smaller than before despite hosting a more events than last year.
Full Tilt Poker have just announced the full schedule of the FTOPS XXIX and although upon first glance it looks great, taking into consideration how the event was in the past years, it’s obvious that it’s now offers a smaller prize-pool. We investigate as to why and discuss the event in full.
Turn Of Events for Full Tilt
Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that for the first time ever, Full Tilt hasn’t made it into the Top 10 Global Online Poker Sites. While not many could have seen this coming, the evidence for Full Tilt’s downturn has been mounting throughout the years. Cash game customer flow has been declining for years and despite multiple attempts to revive the brand, which is owned by Amaya, the attempts have been futile.
Just last summer, Full Tilt have re-branded the site to follow the trend of catering more to the casual online poker players. This included a new lobby, a revamped VIP rewards system and bigger rake for the high rollers. Also, Full Tilt was recently approved to be featured on Steam, which could have exposed the brand to its 125 million players.
Yet, despite all this, the players have been leaving Full Tilt as if it were a ship slowly sinking. And this is further reinforced by the fact that FTOPS XXIX features a guaranteed prize pool lower than it ever was in its nearly decade-long history.
FTOPS XXIX Satellites and Schedule
Yet, let’s leave all the negative talk behind and hope that the tournament will be as exciting as it had been in the previous years. We know that we certainly enjoyed the FTOPS and the mini FTOPS in the past, and although the minis are not running this year, there are 46 events to choose from. You will have a chance to play at two events every single day of the tourney and three events on Sundays.
Scheduled to take place over three weeks from the 21st of February to the 13th of March, you can already participate in the satellites to qualify. And even if you don’t get in through the satellites, you can enter through the FTOPS Golden Parachute: held on Sunday, they will distribute fifteen seats to certain tourneys.
That’s in addition to the FTOPS Free Pass, a daily freeroll that can qualify the players who earn at least one Full Tilt Point during the past 24 hours. Top 50 players will get tickets to the FTOPS Free Pass Freeroll on March 12 in a bid to get their hands on five Main Event tickets. And if you simply want to buy your way in, you can do so. Since there are no mini FTOPS for the smaller rolling players, the buy-ins this year range wildly to cater to all: from just $10 all the way to $500.
The main event is a No Limit Hold’EM with a guarantee of $250K being held on March 13 and we expect lots of entertaining action then. Oh and there is a leaderboard competition happening as well, with the top 10 tournament players based on their total prizes won to split $5,000.
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