Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival schedule announced

The schedule for the Full Tilt Poker Galway festival has been announced on the official Full Tilt poker site.

The Live Event is to kick off on 27th July and run through until 12th August, being rounded up by a No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

There are lots of poker events underway in the lead up to the festival, which aren’t necessarily related, for example the PokerStars 100 Billion Poker hands promotion, which is due to take place some time in June, as the company celebrates 100 Billion hands played on their online game.

I’ve played a few games on Pokerstars recently, as usually I tend to stick to Full Tilt, however even I can’t deny that the excitement of the Ultimate Freeroll and the Million Dollar Hand is pulling me in.

Back to Full Tilt, the festival this year is boasting 60 events, and winning certain events will give you a free “FTOPS XXIII Main Event ticket worth $635 in addition to titles and cash earnings.” – fulltiltpoker.com

Is anyone going to the Galway Festival this year? I’s set to be a good one!

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Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival

The Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival will be coming to the city later this year (29th July to 12th August, specifically) after PokerStars allowed it to be re-branded from the original UKIPT Galway Festival.

This is the first live poker festival since Full Tilt poker re-launched back in Q4 2012, after closing almost two years prior, following the events of Black Friday which caused thousands of players around the world to have their accounts frozen.

So far, one of the only pro poker player’s attendances has been confirmed, and that is Mr Gus Hansen, if you have read my previous posts you will know that he is in my top 3 favourite poker players of all time.

Hopefully I will be attending this years event as I haven’t been to any live poker festivals for some time now, and I definitely think it would be interesting to see Full Tilt’s first attempt at hosting one.

Full Tilt Poker Refunds To Begin Shortly

The Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the appointment of claims administrators group Garden City Group (GCG) to manage the Full Tilt Poker (FTP) refunds to U.S Players, after accounts were frozen in 2011 (Black Friday).

FTP Poker US Refunds GCG

Claims Administrators Garden City Group are going to handle Full Tilt Poker claims

Full Tilt Poker Claims Administrator

Garden City Group were announced on Wednesday (March 13th) as being the people that are going to oversee the hopefully smooth return of funds to the US Full Tilt players that had their accounts frozen in 2011 following the events of Black Friday. The transition of funds has been a long time coming after the re-launch of Full Tilt Poker back in November 2012, where European players were granted access to their funds.

It is expected that the amount to be paid back to the awaiting poker players is somewhere around $150,000,000.

How to claim Full Tilt Poker refund

For any players asking “How do I claim my Full Tilt refund?” then the answer is *almost* simple..
Garden City Group (GCG) have set up a new website called fulltiltpokerclaims.com, where there is currently just an informative notice to those wishing to make a claim. Once the claims process begins, players will be able to submit a claim electronically.

In the meantime, the only information to go on is that “The victim claims process will begin shortly.”
This is still early days, as you aren’t yet able to register for e-mail notifications for when the process is going to begin. The “U.S. fraud victims will be able to seek compensation for their losses (“Petitions for Remission”).”  statement on the website suggests that the wheel is already in motion and people will be able to get some information soon.

I will keep up to date with any more news that is released regarding the Full Tilt Poker Refunds for US players over the coming weeks/months, as it seems after almost two years, American players may soon see their money again.

What’s happening with Full Tilt’s US Players?

Lately there have been a lot of rumours on social media regarding Full Tilt Poker, with many asking When Will US Players get their Full Tilt Refunds?
Well I am going to try and explain what we know is happening:

So far, we know that the Department Of Justice (DOJ) was said to start work on hiring a third party Claims Administrator in January 2013, this was announced in November last year, and there has been no announcement so far this year to suggest that this has or has not happened.

Full Tilt US Refunds

All that has been said regarding the remission of funds to US Poker Players so far this year is that an announcement is coming “soon” – however, there was no description of how “soon” that is going to be.

It is expected that once the claims administrator is appointed, there will be approximately $159,000,000 to be paid out to over 1.3 million former Full Tilt Poker players in the US, after their accounts were frozen back in April 2011.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to go on regarding this issue, however I will keep you posted as more information and dates are released regarding Full Tilt Poker.

Full Tilt Online Poker Series XXI Returns

FTOPS XXI will commence on December 2nd, a month after the brand’s relaunch

21st Series of FTOPS scheduled for 2 weeks commencing 2nd December 2012.

Following the relaunch on the 6th November after being offline since the events of Black Friday, Full Tilt Poker (FTP) have announced the return of Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). The 21st series comes with a guaranteed $7.5 million prize. The famous poker festival will last for 2 weeks, with FTP lining up 35 different events across a range of levels and games.

The first event kicks off on Sunday 2nd December at 13:30 ET/18:30 GMT, this is a $200 + $16 No Limit Hold’em Multi Entry with $750,000 Guaranteed. The event most likely to gain attention is the FTOPS XXI Main Event on Sunday 16th December at 13:30 ET/18:30 GMT which is a $640 buy in $1.5 million guaranteed.

For those that have smaller bankrolls, the Mini FTOPS has also been scheduled to return at the beginning of January 2013.

For all things Poker, head to www.poker.gamble.co.uk

Full Tilt Poker Real Money Goes Live

Relaunch of FTP makes $184 million available

After Full Tilt Poker (FTP) went offline in June 2011, players all over the world had their accounts frozen and could no longer withdraw and funds they had in them. After relaunching on Tuesday 6th November at 12 noon GMT, the now PokerStars owned company allowed it’s users to play at it’s once massive tables once again. Many players took to Twitter to announce their happiness and rejoice at the return of their beloved FTP.
In an attempt by FTP to keep its returning players once it relaunched, they announced the Deal Me In promotion which offered multiple incentives for players to remain with them once they had access to their accounts. They also drummed up a lot of interest around their group of ambassadors, “The Professionals”, including Viktor Blom, Gus Hansen, and Tom Dwan.

The Deal Me In promotion included;

  • $250,000 in Freeroll tournaments – running from the 6th-11th November. It will feature $250,000 in prize money, and the prize pools will increase in size on a daily basis, with $10,000 to be won in each of the 10 tournaments scheduled for November 11th.
  • Ticket Sale – Players have the ability to turn their Full Tilt Poker points into real money prizes through Tournament Tickets and Ring Game Tickets from the Store. There will also be discounted tickets available for a number of different games and tournaments, including FTOPS events.
  • Deal Me In Bonus Package – For those taking part in the promotion, Full Tilt has offered it’s largest ever bonus package for real money players. They shall recweive a minimum of $200 plus a FREE Rush Poker Ring game ticket. This offer is extended to new players once they begin playing real-money games.
  • Happy Hour Week  -Double Full Tilt Points 24/7 across different games every day. Players can still use these points to purchase the already discounted tickets during the Ticket Sale, which offers even more value for money.

After the assets were acquired by Rational Group back in July in a deal that involved the US Department of Justice, PokerStars agreed to pay back worldwide customers, and forfeit $731 million to the Department of Justice, which is in charge of the repayments for U.S players.

FTP players in Spain, Denmark, France, Belgium, and Estonia are unable to play real-money games on Full Tilt currently, however they can withdraw their account balances through PokerStars.
Now that Full Tilt is a sister site of PokerStars, it can reach out to most online poker players around the world, and allows easy transers of cash between the two.

For more Poker news and tips, head over to www.poker.gamble.co.uk

 

Full Tilt Poker Deal Me In Promotion

Deal Me In Promo available to all real money players

The Full Tilt Poker (FTP) “Deal Me In” promotion is going to be available to all real money players upon the site going live in less than two weeks.
The Press release from FTP’s office in Dublin says the promotion consists of :-

  • $250,000 in Freeroll tournaments – running from the 6th-11th November. It will feature $250,000 in prize money, and the prize pools will increase in size on a daily basis, with $10,000 to be won in each of the 10 tournaments scheduled for November 11th.
  • Ticket Sale – Players have the ability to turn their Full Tilt Poker points into real money prizes through Tournament Tickets and Ring Game Tickets from the Store. There will also be discounted tickets available for a number of different games and tournaments, including FTOPS events.
  • Deal Me In Bonus Package – For those taking part in the promotion, Full Tilt has offered it’s largest ever bonus package for real money players. They shall recweive a minimum of $200 plus a FREE Rush Poker Ring game ticket. This offer is extended to new players once they begin playing real-money games.
  • Happy Hour Week  -Double Full Tilt Points 24/7 across different games every day. Players can still use these points to purchase the already discounted tickets during the Ticket Sale, which offers even more value for money.

Full Tilt Poker Signs Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom

Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom join Full Tilt

In the lead up to the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker (FTP), it has surfaced that Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom have both been signed by Full Tilt. The news came forward on Monday, when the former 2nd largest online poker room in the world announced the signing of the two pros, Tom Dwan (durrrr) and Viktor Blom (Isildur1). A few years ago, both Dwan and Blom were two of “The Professionals” at Full Tilt, where they competed against each other and others such as Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius. This attracted many players to the site at the time.
PokerStars announced in January 2011 that they were signing Isildur1 (Later revealed to be Viktor Blom). Blom then left PokerStars in August 2012, and gave no reason for doing so. This created widespread speculation that he left in order to be signed for Full Tilt when it relaunches in November.

For more news on everything Poker, head over to www.poker.gamble.co.uk

PokerStars relaunch Full Tilt Poker on November 6th 2012

PokerStars are relaunching Full Tilt Poker for players outside of the U.S.A on 6th November 2012. All non US account holders have recieved e-mails recently telling them that they are going to receive unrestricted access to their accounts with full balances restored, after they were frozen and shut down in June 2011. When the new Full Tilt website launches on the 6th, players will be able to use their existing funds to play games on the website, or they will be able to cash out and retrieve their money. The website’s homepage, www.fulltiltpoker.com is currently being used as an FAQ page, as understandably there is going to be a lot of questions raised over the coming weeks.

Players are also being told that they can transfer funds from their Full Tilt account over to a PokerStars account, allowing them to play on either website. This is due to the Full Tilt purchase by PokerStars, however we are being told that the Full Tilt site is going to continue to operate seperately from the PokerStars brand.

For the European countries which gambling legislations mean they cannot access their Full Tilt accounts, existing members have been told that they need to open a PokerStars account and then link it to their existing Full Tilt Poker account, where they will then be able to transfer across any funds they have. These countries are unable to play Full Tilt Poker under new licensing laws. Players in the US are facing further difficulties in claiming back their money, despite PokerStars offering to reimburse players, the US Department of Justice have taken on the job themselves on behalf of Full Tilt players. So far there has been little information on how this is going to happen.

For Full Tilt players that aren’t familiar with PokerStars, go to www.poker.gamble.co.uk for a helpful review

 

Any Full Tilt Poker News?

Hi there guys.
I’m working as hard as I can to gather at least some kind of information or news on Full Tilt Poker, but it seems the internet is down for any FTP related materials. Despite Daniel Neagranu’s statement about Full Tilt Poker and money return issue I’m still pretty optimistic about the money concern. I stay pretty come with the thought that Full Tilt owners will have to return all the cash back to players before they can be called trustworthy again.