After a slew of changes were made to the game mix at Full Tiltlast week, site rep Shyam Markuswas left to admit, “I can confirm it’s not a bug. Lots of changes were implemented today, and for sure many won’t be popular.” If you liked Adrenaline Rush Poker, Irish Poker, and high-stakes games, prepared to get your world rocked.
According to PokerNews, the following games have gone the way of the dodo at Full Tilt:
Adrenaline Rush (Starting May 1)
Cap and Deep-Stack HU NLHE
Cap, Deep-Stack, Deep-Stack with Antes 6-Max NLHE
Shallow-Stack Full Ring NLHE
PLHE HU and 6-Max
Full Ring LHE
Deep-Stack PLO HU
Cap, Deep-Stack, Deep-Stack with Antes PLO 6-max
Deep-Stack with Antes 6-Card PLO HU
New-to-the-Game Tables for Certain Games
HORSE, HA, 7-Game
$0.25/$0.50 and $1/$2 PLO Rush Poker
Among those commenting on the changes was high-stakes pro Doug “WCGRider” Polk, who lamented the loss of nosebleed-stakes games on what was once the second largest online poker room in the world:
As if finding a high stakes game wasn’t tough enough, @FullTiltPoker just got rid of all high stakes except for 25/50 and 250/500. WTF
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker) April 14, 2015
According to HighStakesDB, “There are still $1,000/$2,000 and $1,500/$3,000 Limit tablesavailable, which means the action will not dry out completely.”
Full Tilt was once the epicenter of high-stakes games, but a series of SNAFUs including the site being shut down due to insolvency seemingly forced it to find a new identity. Its one-time rival, PokerStars, is now its sister site under Amaya Gaming’s guidance and the room has rebranded to Full Tilt instead of Full Tilt Poker. Its marketing is changing to focus on recreational players and not high-stakes pros.
Adrenaline Rush Poker was introduced 15 months ago and was played four-handed. You could only buy in for five to ten big blinds and there was no post-flop betting.