Full Tilt Poker was once known as the primary destination for high stakes online poker grinders. However, this has changed in a big way, with Full Tilt recently dropping all high stakes games, leaving maximum stakes of $10/$20 NL Hold’em and $15/$30 Fixed Limit Hold’em.
The move is an obvious attempt to become a recreational-friendly poker site, rather than trying to cater to both amateurs and pros. And this is only confirmed by Full Tilt’s decision to institute automatic table seating and eliminate the ‘hit-and-run’ tactic that certain players use in cash games – a.k.a. ratholing, where players win money off a table, quickly leave, then buy-in back in at another table.
One more interesting move by FTP involves removing Draw, Stud and mixed poker games, along with heads-up play too. Most recreational players don’t play much beyond Hold’em and PLO, so it’s little surprise that Full Tilt got rid of these tables.
“The new structure will present a clean offering for all players and we consider these ring game changes to be key to Full Tilt’s ongoing commitment to provide a level playing field and attracting and retaining more casual poker players.”
It’s certainly not rare for a poker site to focus on recreational players these days, who are considered the lifeblood of the industry. However, it is somewhat strange to see Full Tilt – the once-dominant hub for nosebleed games – make this switch.
The online poker room gained considerable fame for the high stakes battles that took place on their site between legends like Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan, Ilari Sahamies and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. Those days are clearly long gone, though, and we’ve entered a new era of internet poker.