Full Tilt Poker Review

Compare Full Tilt Poker rakeback, sign-up bonuses & freerolls

Last Updated: 15 October 2019

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Full Tilt Poker for US Players

Full Tilt Poker do not accept players who reside in the US, nor should you play on Full Tilt poker while visiting the United States. Actually we recommend that you do not download Full Tilt poker at all!

While it is possible to get around the US player restriction with a VPN, this is not recommended. The massive fines from the US Department of Justice had the intended effect. Unlike in the past when Full Tilt were willing to turn a blind eye to US-based players, they now actively seek to ensure that no players residing in the US, or visiting the US can play poker on their network. While a VPN can trick the site into thinking you are located somewhere else, it just takes a single drop in network service while playing for you to get caught. Why take the risk when there are other quality poker sites that still accept US poker players?

Full Tilt Poker Loyalty Rewards Review

Full Tilt used to be one of the best online poker sites and the competition they provided to PokerStars was great for players as both online poker giants sought new ways to attract and retain players. However, since being purchased by PokerStars, Full Tilt is nothing more than a PokerStars skin. The site serves absolutely no purpose as everything is exactly the same as on PokerStars. Full Tilt players have been absorbed - they use a shared cashier to make it easier for you to play on the PokerStars client. They have even re-branded Full Tilt's revolutionary Rush Poker to PokerStars' copied version, Zoom Poker!

Full Tilt now uses the new much-hated Stars Rewards player rewards program implemented by PokerStars. Although the effort seems to be to encourage more losing players to play (a good thing), this rewards program treats their regular players horribly! Winning players have seen their rakeback rewards drop from 69% with the Supernova program to roughly 2% with Stars Rewards! These players helped PokerStars and Full Tilt grow to the industry leaders they are today, and The Stars Group just spit in their faces!

Chest Rewards Avg. Reward
Blue 60¢ 60¢
Bronze 60¢ - $12 $1.20
Silver $1.50 - $30 $3
Gold $5 - $100 $10
Diamond $12.50 - $250 $25
Black $35 - $700 $70

As if slashing rakeback rewards from 69% to 2% wasn't bad enough, The Stars Group have also increased rake multiple times, further slashed rewards by 55% for tournament players (who now earn just 45 reward points per $1 in fees compared to 100 points for $1 in rake), and revamped the Stars Reward program, making it even worse! The only good thing about the Stars Reward program was that it wasn't horrible for casual players. However, by dramatically increasing the points requirement for the lowest value chests, they have made it significantly more difficult for casual players to receive ANY rakeback!

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Stars Rewards Review (TL;DR: They're Terrible)

For every $1 you pay in rake or tournament fees, you earn 100 reward points (but only 45 points if you play tournaments). Earn enough reward points, and you earn a reward chest. Reward chests offer random prizes that vary in value (from 60¢ to $12 for Bronze chests), although the basic chest (Blue) always offers 60¢. If you earn 10 chests of the same type in a 28-day window, you move up to the next reward chest (e.g. from Blue to Bronze), which has a higher average value, but also requires more reward points to open.

Chest Avg.
Value
Avg.
Bonus
Best Typical Worst
Cost RB Cost RB Cost RB
Blue 60¢ 30 350 18.8% 1,700 3.6% 2,500 2.4%
Bronze $1.20 50 550 24.0% 2,300 5.3% 5,950 2.0%
Silver $3 90 750 45.5% 2,750 11.3% 14,750 2.0%
Gold $10 200 5,000 20.8% 13,000 7.8% 48,500 2.1%
Diamond $25 500 15,000 17.2% 30,000 8.5% 120,000 2.1%
Black $70 1,000 25,000 29.2% 65,000 10.9% 335,000 2.1%
All of the numbers in the above table are approximations based on the data we have been able to collect. While our previous analysis of the Stars Rewards program was incredibly accurate, our analysis of the "improved" program is much less so due to a lack of data. The numbers in red text are almost certainly wrong.

Because Full Tilt do not publish the various combinations of point cost for each chest, the above table is based on data collected from various forums. While the rakeback calculations may not be exact, they are far closer than any other estimates you will find.

The tricky part of the Full Tilt Stars Rewards program is that the reward point requirements for each chest vary based on your player profile (and the variation can be huge). Although there are other factors that contribute to your profile, the biggest is whether you are a net depositor, net withdrawer, or break-even player. Net depositors can earn as much as 29.2% equivalent rakeback, while net withdrawers can earn as little as 2.0% equivalent rakeback with Stars Rewards!

Stars Rewards on PokerStars and Full Tilt can pay as little as 2.0% rakeback to winning players - even less if you play tournaments! Click to Tweet

Things get even worse if you play tournaments, because for some reason Full Tilt values your money at just 45%. That is, while cash game players receive 100 reward points for every $1 in rake, tournaments players receive just 45 reward points for every $1 in fees!

It is very important to note that our equivalent rakeback calculations are based on the weighted average of the rewards from each chest. In other words, you are unlikely to receive exactly the rakeback our tables indicate. Full Tilt are trying to attract gamblers, so instead of providing a consistent rakeback percentage that most players prefer, they instead provide a variable reward in a sparkly chest with firework animations to appeal to gamblers.

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  • Casual Players
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     7.5 7.5
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      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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      Tournament. Fees
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      Sit & Go Fees
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           77
  • Enthusiast Players
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     7.8 7.8
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      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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      Tournament. Fees
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      Sit & Go Fees
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           77
  • Amateur Players
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     7.7 7.7
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      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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  • Semi-Pro Players
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      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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  • Professional Players
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      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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      Tournament. Fees
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  • Hardcore Pros
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      Sign-Uup Bonus
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Full Tilt Poker on Mac

Installing Full Tilt Poker is quick and easy, and the software is available for Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS operating systems. Although we have not written download and installation instructions specifically for Mac, our Full Tilt download instructions for Windows will be very similar (and if you click the download links while using a Mac, they will automatically download the Mac version of the client software).

Pros & Cons

 
  ++   Highest traffic poker site
 
  ++   Great sign-up bonuses  
  +   Low rake & fees  
- Horrible VIP rewards
- Penalize winning players
  -   Horrible freeroll value  
- No US Players

Full Tilt Real Money Poker

Full Tilt offer real money poker in which you compete against other players from around the world. The site offers a variety of methods for depositing and withdrawing real money to and from your poker account.

For players not interested in gambling for real money, Full Tilt also offers play money poker. Both play money and real money poker is accessed from the same software client, which provides play money players with high quality poker software with none of the risk, but also exposes them to the temptation to start playing for real money.

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Full Tilt Poker Freerolls

Freeroll Name Frequency Time (UTC) Value
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $5,000 Added Saturday 1:00 pm 36¢
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $5,000 Added Saturday 7:00 pm 31¢
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $10,000 Added Saturday 1:30 pm $2.38
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $10,000 Added Saturday 7:30 pm $2.27
School Pass Event, 48 x $0.25 Spin&Go tickets GTD Daily 1:05 am
School Pass Event, 9 x $3.30 tourney tickets GTD Daily 5:05 pm
School Pass Event, 15 x $1 Spin&Go Tickets GTD Daily 9:05 pm
School Pass Big Bang Satellite, 9 x Big Bang tourney seats GTD Wed/Fri/Sun 3:30 pm
School Pass Big Bang Satellite, 9 x Big Bang tourney seats GTD Wed/Fri/Sun 9:30 pm
School Pass Big Bang Satellite, 9 x Big Bang tourney seats GTD Wed/Fri/Sun 12:30 am
The Big Bang: Main Event, $5,000 Gtd Monthly 5:05 pm $2.24

Full Tilt Poker Freerolls

Freerolls are a great way to build a bankroll with no risk. However, most of the freerolls available on Full Tilt are very low value and generally not worth the effort. The Weekly Stars Rewards are the exception, but they're not a true freeroll since you can only receive these tickets from Stars Rewards chests, which are earned by generating rake or paying tournament fees.

School Pass Poker Freerolls

To get School Pass tickets, simply join Full Tilt's PokerSchoolOnline.com for FREE. You will earn some tickets just for signing up, and can then earn more by inviting friends, participating in quizzes, etc. However, since the value of the School Pass freerolls is pretty worthless (1-3¢ each), only join PokerSchoolOnline if you actually plan to take advantage of their free poker training.

The League Poker Freerolls

Full Tilt used to offer great freeroll leaderboards called "The League". They have since slashed the rewards, and the tournaments are no longer free after 3 months! With horrible prize pools for each individual tournaments, there are better freeroll poker tournaments worth considering.

Full Tilt Poker Download

While we certainly don't recommend it, you can download Full Tilt poker today by clicking on the button below:

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3 tables
$1k/$2k NLH Holdem
tournaments:
no
tables open around
2:00 pm
game collapses around
2:00 am
5% rake (no cap)
casino floor, dark
2 tables
$1k/$2k NLH Holdem
tournaments:
daily @ 3pm
tables open around
7:00 pm
game collapses around
3:00 am
4% rake (50k max)
casino floor, well organized
5 tables
$1k/$2k NLH Holdem
tournaments:
Mon-Thu @ 3pm
Mon-Thu @ 7pm
tables open around
5:00 pm
game collapses around
3:00 am
rake varies by limit
private section, well run, well lit
5 tables
$1k/$2k NLH Holdem
$2k/$5k NLH Holdem
$5k/$5k PLO Omaha
$5k/$10k NLH Holdem
tournaments:
no
tables open around
2:00 pm
game collapses around
6:00 am
5% rake (20k max)
private floor, comfortable chairs
2 tables
$5k/$10k NLH Holdem
tournaments:
Thu @ 6:30pm
tables open around
4:00 pm
game collapses around
3:00 am
$15k max rake
VIP room, slightly cramped, dark
4 tables
$2k/$5k NLH Holdem
tournaments:
Tue-Fri @ 2pm
Tue-Fri @ 6pm
tables open around
8:00 pm
game collapses around
1:00 am
10% rake (no cap)
private area

Maximizing Your Full Tilt Poker Rakeback

Honestly, if you are concerned about rakeback, then Full Tilt is just about the worst site for you! You will almost always be better off with another site. For example, you can get 27% rakeback with Americas Cardroom by clicking on the banner below:

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Typically, you want to play as many freerolls as possible in order to maximize your total equivalent rakeback rewards. However, most of the freerolls on Full Tilt are very low value and not worth the effort.

Maximizing Stars Rewards

As for rakeback, the only way to get half decent rakeback on Full Tilt is to consistently lose! However, even if you are a losing player, you won't earn more than the 27% rakeback offered by Americas Cardroom unless you are paying $100,000/year in rake!

The Deal

Whenever you open a Stars Rewards chest, you will frequently receive Stars Coins. These can be exchanged for cash at a rate of 100 for $1. That is, each Stars Coin is worth 1¢.

However, you often get more value from your Stars Coins with The Deal. The Deal allows you to wager either 7 or 70 Stars Coins in an attempt to win a prize. Unless the Jackpot is over $270,000, you should only ever wager 7 Stars Coins once every 12 hours. As long as the jackpot is less than $270,000, the weighted average of the prizes you can win from The Deal is less than the value of exchanging Stars Coins directly for cash. However, if someone wins the Jackpot, then anyone who played The Deal in the previous 12 hours shares in 50% of the jackpot. This increases the value of the 7 wagered Star Coins above 7¢. However, since the jackpot is divided by the number of players, and not by the number of times you played, there is no advantage in playing more than once, or in wagering 70 Stars Coins.

Once the jackpot reaches $270,000, the average weighted value of Star Coins wagered on The Deal becomes greater than 1¢. However, you still may not want to expend your Stars Coins in this manner, because you are gambling a guaranteed 7¢ or 70¢ in the hopes of a huge payday. When wagering 7 SC, you need to make a Royal Flush in 5 cards (0.00015% chance), and that just gives you the opportunity to spin for the Jackpot prize, with just a 1 in 8 chance of hitting the jackpot. When wagering 70 SC, you can also spin for the jackpot if you make a Straight Flush (0.00154% total chance).

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Platforms

Windows

YES

Mac

YES

iOS

YES

Android

YES

Linux

NO
Deposit Options

AstroPay, Bank Transfer, Boleto, EntroPay, ePay.bg, Hipay, Instadebit, Instant eChecks, Maestro, Mastercard, Neosurf, NETELLER, paysafecard, PokerStars Transfer, PokerStarsPay, Skrill, toditoCash, VISA, WebMoney, Yandex Money

Withdrawal Options

Bank Transfer, EntroPay, Hipay, Instadebit, Instant eChecks, NETELLER, Personal Cheque, PokerStars Transfer, Skrill, VISA, Wire Transfer, Yandex Money

Country Restrictions

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Yemen, Zimbabwe

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