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  1. [caption width="640"] The once-loved Full Tilt Poke software will be retired as of May 17.[/caption] When PokerStars acquired Full Tilt Poker in 2012, many assumed that the player pools of both sites would be combined to form one massive online poker room. That didn’t happen. Instead, the two sites remained separate, with players able to continue playing on the very popular Full Tilt software. {PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] To the delight of the poker community, PokerStars swooped in and made FTP players whole after Black Friday, cashing out millions of dollars of previously frozen funds. Even so,
  2. [caption width="552"] 1,180 U.S. players and Professionals of the old Full Tilt Poker will be getting refunded soon[/caption] More money from the old Full Tilt Poker, the one that fled the United States on Black Friday and was subsequently found to be insolvent, is headed to former United States-based players and pros. According to FullTiltPokerClaims.com, the website run by Full Tilt claims administrator Garden City Group, 1,180 petitions will be filled as part of a new wave of payments. This group of petitions totals $2.6 million, an average of $2,200 per claim. At least three groups
  3. Success in poker is partly about who you surround yourself with. For PocketFiver Jonas donut604Mackoff (pictured), a solid core of poker minds helped push him to the top of the pack in a Full Tilt Poker $340 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry FTOPS eventearlier this month for a solid $117,000. That score came on the heels of a chop in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "I'm feeling great about it obviously," Mackoff said about his
  4. You have to love the advice that GoGooseGo(pictured), whose goes by Paul, gave to his fellow regs on PocketFives: "Never work on your game. You just have bad luck!" All kidding aside, Paul final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last month, cashing for $23,000 following a fourth place finish. He is on the cusp of breaking $900,000 in tracked scores. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "$23,000 is not a bad result for a Sunday tournament," Paul tol
  5. According to a message posted on the official Full Tilt Poker claims website, the second round of payments issued to former US Full Tilt players totaled $5 million. The distributions were made on April 1 and Garden City Group, the appointed claims administrator in the case, sent 2,200 of them for an average of $2,272 each. The first round of payments was sent on the final day of February to 27,500 claimants and totaled $76 million, which brings the cumulative amount paid back to $81 million. According to Garden City, "On April 1, GCG issued approximately 2,200 payments totaling appro
  6. Brand new to Full Tilt Pokerare Flipout Tournaments, which consist of two rounds. In the first, players go all-in automatically on every hand, with one player per table progressing to the second round. Anyone who reaches the second round of a Flipout Tournament will already be in the money and get a piece of the prize pool. A standard betting structure exists in the second round, which means you can play like normal and know you're already past the bubble. Sarne Lightman, Full Tilt Poker’s Head of Marketing, commented in a press release, "Full Tilt Poker is dedicated to the continual evolut
  7. Yes, PocketFives makes dreams come true. The title of this article was actually the response from Belarus' Kiryl CrazymoronRadzivonau (pictured) when asked why he picked the screen name "Crazymoron" in the first place. He doesn't look so crazy anymore. We caught up with Radzivonau after he chopped the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl heads-up earlier this month and walked away with $41,000, the largest prize given out. "I haven't had such a big result on a Sunday in a long time," Radzivonau told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "Now, I have more motivation to play a lot. It was my tournament. I
  8. Earlier this month, PocketFiver David d.quangQuang (pictured) lit up the field of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, coming in second place for $17,000. There were 612 entrants and the cash helped push him to just shy of $2.5 million in lifetime scores. "It's always a great feeling to final table any major, but it's never an awesome feeling if you don't win it," he told us. "I also final tabled the Big $109 that Sunday and lost a flip on the river for the chip lead to bust in sixth. If I had finished in the top three in that, I would've felt pretty awesome." The Brawl is a $255 No Limit Hold'em Re
  9. According to the most recent update on the official FullTiltPokerClaims.comwebsite, another $2 million will be distributed to 600 US claimants by the end of September. In case you're wondering who will be paid this time around, text found on the site explains that the $2 million is earmarked for those who "confirmed their FTP Account Balances. GCG is currently working with the bank selected by the DOJ to set up the payment process. GCG expects to issue payments via ACH before the end of September 2014." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppl
  10. He might be down almost $20 million lifetime in high-stakes online poker games according to HighStakesDB, but Danish poker pro Gus Hansen (pictured) mounted a comeback of sorts on Thursday, recording $731,000 in profit according to the tracking site. He is now down a little over $19 million lifetime. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with grea
  11. Last month, Finland's gifuhornawon the Full Tilt Sunday Major, defeating a field of 850 players en route to a $34,000 payday. The top 90 finished in the money and the final table consisted of three PocketFivers, including Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim. We virtually traveled to balmy Finland to get the scoop on his latest claim to fame. "It's obviously nice to reach a final table in a Sunday tournament, but winning it makes me happy," the #28 player in the PocketFives Rankingstold us. "I had a pretty big stack when there were three tables left and tried to keep the pressure on against the other
  12. According to an update posted on the official claims website for US Full Tilt Poker players, another round of refunds is scheduled for mid-June. This time, Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator in the case, will refund $15 million over 3,500 payments, or an average of $4,300 per claim. Over $80 million has been sent to players thus far, meaning that once the latest round of refunds is accounted for, nearly $100 million will have been paid back to former US Full Tilt customers. As for who will receive money in a few weeks, Garden City Group explained that it's earmarked fo
  13. According to HighStakesDB, Gus Hansen (pictured) had a solid Sunday on the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker, winning $546,000 at the cash game tables. However, he is still down almost $18 million since the site began tracking his account in 2006. His damage on Sunday was done at the Eight-Game and Triple Draw tables, according to HighStakesDB: "Hansen played for a couple of hours post-midnight, winning at both the Triple Draw and Eight-Game tables, building a six-figure profit before taking 11 hours away from the tables, returning in the early afternoon, where he added another $87,000, putt
  14. Seven years after Black Friday shut down Full Tilt Poker, Chris Ferguson wants you to now he's sorry. In a 42-second video posted by Ferguson to Vimeo on late Wednesday night, the reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year and former Full Tilt Poker executive thanked his fans and the poker community for their "patience and support". The 55-year-old claims that he "worked relentlessly to ensure that all players got paid back" and apologizes that it took as long as it did." Most players with a balance on Full Tilt Poker on April 15, 2011 were made whole by the U.S. Government with
  15. [caption width="640"] Ferguson elicits a polarizing range of emotions as he steps back into the spotlight[/caption] Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson won his sixth World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday when he took down WSOPE Event #7 (€1,650 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better) for €39,289. With the victory, Ferguson, the current WSOP Player of Year points leader, extended his first place margin over both Ryan Hughes and John Racener, the players nearest to him in the race. Shedding his traditional urban cowboy garb, Ferguson took to the table with a navy T-shirt with a single word silkscreened
  16. From August 3 to August 17, the 26th Full Tilt Online Poker Serieswill take place. The Main Eventis a $635 Re-Entry Tournament that will guarantee at least $1 million. The finale occurs on Sunday, August 17 at 13:30 ET. Also of note is a Two-Day Event that gets underway at 12:30 ET on Saturday, August 16 with Day 1. That tournament has a $2,100 buy-in and guarantees $500,000. There are two multi-day eventsas well, each of which has eight starting days. If you're a fan of satellites, know they began on July 3, so you can qualify on the cheap if your bankroll doesn't allow high-dollar buy-ins
  17. On Thursday, Amaya Gaming purchased the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Rational Group, for $4.9 billion. The deal is expected to close in September and will make Amaya the largest publicly held internet gambling company on the face of the Earth. The question many players have been wondering is how fast we can expect to see PokerStarsand/or Full Tilt Poker reenter a regulated market in the US. According to longtime industry insider Joe Brennan, don't expect to see PokerStars back in the US immediately. Brennan told PocketFives on Friday, "This transaction, if it goes t
  18. According to a statement posted on FullTiltPokerClaims.com, the next round of US Full Tilt Poker remission payments will be issued this Thursday, June 12. Included are 3,500 petitioners who will receive a total of $15 million. Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for Full Tilt Poker refunds, has been busy testing bank accounts of petitioners to ensure their correctness. To that end, the statement read in part, "CGG has identified certain petitioners who are approved for payment but who submitted account information that was either incomplete or incorrect. On June 6, 2014,
  19. According to an update posted on the official Full Tilt Poker Claims websiteon Wednesday, the next round of US Full Tilt Poker refunds will be sent out by the end of May. About 1,000 people will get their money back this time around, over three years after Full Tilt vacated the US market on Black Friday. According to a message posted by Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator in the case, the latest round of refunds will go to "petitioners who confirmed their balance prior to the deadline and did not file duplicate petitions. These petitions were previously reviewed by the Gov
  20. It was a rough day for longtime PocketFiver Randal RandALLinFlowers (pictured), whose shoulder was injured when we talked to him. Oh, and he was also eight-tabling and typing responses to our questions. The veritable Houdini was fresh off winning the Full Tilt Poker $1K Saturday nine days ago for $24,000. It had been a while since we caught up with Flowers, so we reached out for reaction despite the injury. "Other than the shoulder, I'm feeling pretty good," Flowers told PocketFives. "I'm living in Mexico grinding. I wasn't on a huge downswing or anything, but the win helped get the momentu
  21. Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured) has been crushing the 2-7 Triple Draw tables online lately, having racked up more than $1.5 million in profits during the last two weeks, according to HighStakesDB. His latest domination came on Monday night on Full Tilt Pokeragainst some of the best players in the business. During a one-hour stretch in the wee hours of the morning, Cates booked a $161,000 win in a heads-up match against Alexander "PostFlopAction" Kostritsyn. A bit later, after 4:00am, the two were back at it, with Cates winning another $42,000 from his opponent. Jungleman didn't ta
  22. In a notice posted on FullTiltPokerClaims.com, the Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt refunds, issued a warning on Monday to petitioners who failed to provide correct social security information. In fact, giving incomplete or incorrect social security information could result in a player's claim being denied. "Petitioners with an incomplete or incorrect Social Security Number will have their petition recommended for denial," the statement read. "As explained in FAQ Number 17 on this website, prior to the payment of funds to a petitioner, GCG is required t
  23. 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 D
  24. [caption width="640"] Scott Tom plead not guilty to the Black Friday charges in a Manhattan court room on Friday.[/caption] Almost six years after Black Friday, Absolute Poker founder Scott Tom has returned to the United States to face charges that he violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and was engaged in bank fraud and money laundering. Tom, now 37, voluntary arrived back in the United States on Thursday and after a brief hearing where he plead not guilty to the charges, was released on a $500,000 bond. Tom, along with 11 others, was indicted on April 15, 2011 as pa
  25. When PokerStars acquired the Full Tilt Poker assets as part of their Black Friday settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, many wondered about the future of the Full Tilt Poker brand. To the surprise of many, PokerStars kept the Full Tilt Poker brand running separately alongside their own brand. Now, some 3.5 years later, things are changing. On Wednesday Amaya Gaming, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, confirmed that the company will consolidate all players into one player pool. "Players will benefit from a larger pool of players offering greater game cho
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