Would You Play on a Re-Launched Full Tilt Poker?

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Many in the online poker industry believe it’s not a matter of if, but when Full Tilt Poker will rise from the ashes and re-launch under the direction of Groupe Bernard Tapie or another investor. With a deal reportedly in the works, posters on PocketFives have been busy debating whether they would placate the new Full Tilt, or avoid it like the plague, in a Poker Sites thread. On this holiday weekend, we thought we’d take a look at arguments on both sides of the coin.

After several posters decreed that they’d only play on a new Full Tilt if the management were different from the current crop, one member of PocketFives shared his bankroll plans: “I would withdraw like two-thirds of the $13,000 or so I had on there ASAP. I will play with the rest depending on traffic and how secure my money feels. The software is still better than any apart from PokerStars.” You’ll recall that PokerStars launched Zoom Poker in recent weeks, which is reminiscent of Full Tilt’s Rush Poker.

Another poster echoed, “It will depend on how they address the issues that led to the downfall. If funds aren’t segregated, licenses aren’t held and valid, and they aren’t 100% transparent about how they operate, then no. If they show they want to fix the issues and put some money into customer service to compete with Stars on that front, then I’ll probably be back at whatever they call the re-launched site.”

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Big prize pools and high player counts could be enough to lure a number of players back, including one PocketFives member who argued, “Whoever was playing and making money will continue to play there. They might not play for a month, but then they will realize that making money is more important than holding a grudge, and the big prize pools and site traffic will bring all the fish back who were holding a grudge.”

In the end, Full Tilt’s software could be its saving grace, as a wealth of PocketFivers fondly recalled the client. In that camp were comments like, “Hands down, there was no poker software like Full Tilt. The graphics, the MTT structure, and the tournament schedules are just a few reasons why I would return in a heartbeat. As long as they ban those degens who helped the world’s second largest poker site come crashing down, I am game!”

Speaking on the software, another online poker player joked, “Their software is better than sex. I’d snap-play.”

Groupe Bernard Tapie and Full Tilt have been negotiating a deal for months now. While the lack of finality has enraged much of the poker community, the fact that the two parties are still engaging in discussions caught the eye of several players, including one that posted, “I figure if the new owners go to all this effort to buy and fix this company, then they are probably very solid and trustworthy.”

As the rumored deal stands, Tapie would be responsible for paying back players outside of the United States, and the company has allegedly secured third-party financing in order to do so. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice would handle American refunds. This setup led one poster to maintain that playing on Full Tilt could be considered a “thank you” for getting his money back in the first place: “If FTP comes back, it’s because GBT came in with their own money and saved your ass. The absolute least you could do is play and generate some rake as a ‘thanks.’

Finally, one poker player from Canada argued that he did not want to return to a shark-infested Full Tilt: “The games will be much harder to beat and there will be a lot fewer fish to win money from. Who are the players that pay the closest attention to what happens on the online poker scene? The sharks, not the fish. Who will go back right away when it is legalized, sharks or fish?”

Will you play at Full Tilt Poker if it comes back online? Let the community know in this PocketFives thread.

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    • their software is better than sex? has this person had sex before?

      Well I have avoided sex many times to play on that site, so I would say yes that person has has sex 🙂
      I would play again if I retained my balance and bonuses, if they can’t do that, then no I wouldn’t play @ that site or an associates site again.

          • Y punish GBT because of the fuck ups from previous owners? Even those who say they won’t go back will after time FTP is too good.

          • I would play again if I retained my balance and bonuses. Why not? One more Big Site with a lot of fish, of couse I will play.

          • Due to the fact Full Tilt constantly misled customers about their situation their brand is sullied in my view and cannot be re launched successfully.
            Although I did not have any money on Tilt at the time of closure I would never play their again.

          • i would play their in a heart beat, with new owners who are known for turning almost bankrupt businesses in to money making companies its a no brainer, aslong as the fulltilt team who ran the site have 100% nothing to do with the site we are safe to play. As for the fish, obv fulltilt will have to re brand and spend alot of money in trying to compete with pokerstars on advertising, i agree that the sites launch will just be a shark fest, but with the right advertising/promotions fish will soon roll in imo

          • i would play their in a heart beat, with new owners who are known for turning almost bankrupt businesses in to money making companies its a no brainer, aslong as the fulltilt team who ran the site have 100% nothing to do with the site we are safe to play. As for the fish, obv fulltilt will have to re brand and spend alot of money in trying to compete with pokerstars on advertising, i agree that the sites launch will just be a shark fest, but with the right advertising/promotions fish will soon roll in imo

            this is where the money is coming from for the company buying up ftp.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Tapie#Legal_difficulties

            I first want my money back than carefully decide whether or not I want to make a deposit in the new ftp.

          • I wonder what all the people who said the players on AP/UB deserved to lose their money becuase they were playing on a site known for scamming. Will they still have the same values and beliefs when Full Tilt relaunches and if they get scammed again what will they say or think then? I for one was a sucker at AP/UB and I absolutely hated FTP when it was operational but I think the relaunch of FTP will put pressure on Poker Stars to further enhance there exceptional bonus programs. I for one am very much looking forward to the relaunch of FTP!

          • If I get my money back, my points are still there and my iron man status is still intact, I have no reason to go anywhere else. If any of those 3 things are missing, there is no chance I am playing there.

          • i’m a fish. it was the best software for my donating experience. Stars makes me want to throw up compared to Tilt. I also suck, so huge fields make it that much harder for me to luckbox.

          • yup i would but ONLY if the former owners and scumbag pros are not associated with the new site! I would like to see my money and points reinstated as well!
            Best of luck to the new owners in aquiring the software and looking forward to the launch!

          • Not sure why anyone would say no as long as there is new ownership. Just because it has the same name doesn’t mean its the same company.

          • Not sure why anyone would say no as long as there is new ownership. Just because it has the same name doesn’t mean its the same company.

            Just as long as everyone is repaid 100% then I think people would move on. Im still wondering how they will assure all USA players will be refunded their rolls.

            wait and see as usual…

          • I will most definitely play on Full Tilt if it relaunches. They’ve got great software, but more importantly, like Sweet886 said, why punish the new owners for the sins of the old owners. Doesn’t seem right, especially since it’s because of GBT the ROW players will have their money back, and the 80 million will go a long way in repaying the US players. As far as I am concerned, GBT will be seen as heroes by much of the online poker community. Can’t wait to play some super-turbo sngs!

          • Due to the fact Full Tilt constantly misled customers about their situation their brand is sullied in my view and cannot be re launched successfully.
            Although I did not have any money on Tilt at the time of closure I would never play their again.

            the software did none of this… unless you think their RNG was rigged… if BGT buys FTP and completely installs new management to run the site (which would now be under so much scrutiny making them completely stupid if they were to encounter problems like the previous owners – therefore they’ll likely b on the up n up) The beef to be had is w Howard Ledsmugler n Chris the anit-christ Ferguson along with the rest of the FRAUDS that ran the software… the software in itself committed no crime… unless like i said u think ther RNG was sketch… then its an entirely different issue…

          • I actually do see FTP returning to the US when online poker is legal and regulated. GBT is taking a big gamble by purchasing FTP. Yes, GBT has a history of gambling on struggling companies, but they’re not gonna spend over 200 million bucks unless they’re really confident they can get their money back, plus a profit, and that means one day offering games to US players. I don’t think GBT would consider buying FTP unless they were assured by the DoJ that they would be given equal consideration once online poker is legal in the US.

          • musta been kevmode

            +!

            snap play…software is the nuts….but maybe not heavy volume until the ads get going….its fun to play regs anyways

          • i would def play ther again, but since FTP shut ive been on poker stars since and to be honest i think i have alot better results there compaired to when i was playing at http://FTP... so i think i will be playing more pokerstars then FTP but i’ll wait and see what happens when and if they open again… but 1 things 4 sure u cant beat the ftops and mini ftops FTP had they where the best Mtts everl ) so bring em back… but sex comes 1st obv )

          • Like one quote from the article, I would withdrawl 2/3rds of my bankroll and leave the rest to try it out and go from there. I miss hearing that “ping” noise when you log into FTP 🙁

          • I never did like the software, and the cartoon looking graphics made me never feel trust that they were legitimate. I’m just glad I never started playing for real money there. The only way I ever would try them out is if the promotions and rakeback was better than what I get now, and the withdrawals were much quicker. I think I’d also be happier if the previous owners and management were doing hard time instead of benefiting from the “sale”. I think GBT should have just started a room from scratch instead of this fiasco.

          • I’ll be playing on there the very moment they’re up & running. FTP software is the best by far! Realize it won’t be same as it was before (simliar to how different it seemed once US players were no longer playing) but in time I think it’ll be decent for sure. I also miss the 45man SNG’s (regular speed)… nothing on Stars (or elsewhere) compares imo.

          • I.really.need.to.hear.the.sexy.”shoomfff”.souind.wen.you.fold.and.the.delicate.tinkle.of.the.chips….

          • I would play on FT if they became available in the US market. I imagine that their accessibility will have a lot to do with who plays there. GBT needs to show their ability to do some things right by the players but with a proper approach they could really kill the market.
            Besides if players are repaid by being able to access their balances on FTP (or whatever) then most people will probably return and splash around at least a little just out of curiosity.

          • Run by PokerStars instead of the terminally incompetent (at best) or criminally driven (at worse) executive weasels at FullTilt … sure, why not?

          • I never did like the software, and the cartoon looking graphics made me never feel trust that they were legitimate. I’m just glad I never started playing for real money there. The only way I ever would try them out is if the promotions and rakeback was better than what I get now, and the withdrawals were much quicker. I think I’d also be happier if the previous owners and management were doing hard time instead of benefiting from the “sale”. I think GBT should have just started a room from scratch instead of this fiasco.

            The Full Tilt software enabled you to turn off the “cartoonish” looking features that you found not to your liking. (Avatar, backgrounds, sound etc.) You just had to look a little harder in the interface options. I turned everything off and used a custom background so I share your dislike of imagery distractions and unnecessary variables. With those changes implemented I found it pretty standard. Right now I’d say Carbon Poker has the best interface options for US Players.

          • Why not? One more Big Site with a lot of fish, of couse I will play.

            It will take longer for those fish to come back.

          • who is to say that the mtt’s and structures will be the samethey have to change a lot of things ,hope they dont forget to eliminate all the pics of fake jesus everywhere

          • I’m still waiting for my home to come back up, I’ve visited other houses but I’ve not felt like I did back in FTP. FTPs software is topnotch. I’m game. That is, after I get paid my bankroll back.

          • No one buys a company and injects 300 million dollars expecting a company to fail. new management and a new beginning is what full tilt needs and hopefully will be getting. i will be sure to play there. obviously it might take some time to get to where they were before, but i definitely think they can do it with the right marketing and promotions.

          • so would full tilt players get to use their old user names? would all the accounts be reset to $0?
            what about the people who owed full tilt money and had a negative account balance?

          • I personally can’t wait. Pokerstars card dealing software is the worst one on out there if you ask me.

          • Is it going to be open to U.S players or no?

            Not unless there is regulation in the US, and even then I don’t see FTP coming back to the US. I don’t imagine the DOJ would have made a deal with the potential new ownership if they were going to offer rake based games to the US.

          • I don’t know. First it all must happen – all $$$ back on my acc along with tickets, bounuses and status. Second – they must give more bonuses as welcoming party. Third – I don’t hear that there are problems with withdraws. And then maybe I will try.

          • If the numbers of players are high and the prizepools are high then its a no brainer really aint it, you go where the value is

          • sure everybody will play. we cant wait anymore to play on FTP. i dream everynight with this relaunch.

          • Not unless there is regulation in the US, and even then I don’t see FTP coming back to the US. I don’t imagine the DOJ would have made a deal with the potential new ownership if they were going to offer rake based games to the US.

            I have to laugh. Put it this way, Deal or No Deal if i was the new owner of FTP I would think twice before going back to the USA after what the DOJ has done and are still actively digging thier nose were it doesn’t belong. Can’t trust those mafia big shots because as soon as you turn your back they will be there to dig that knife into ya just a little bit deeper!

          • Absolutely.

            Absolutely also unless those Scumbags cheaters, scammers and top Pros who owe money are again allowed to play, without paying what they owe or are in jail.

        • Sex or tournaments, all the same. I bust early either way

          haha.
          if the software, the stucture and the schedule is as good as it was il be back. the key is to be careful with your bankroll and not to keep an amount on there that would crush you if it was frozen again