Full Tilt Poker being retired later this monthFebruary 19, 2021 11:29 pm
The latest remaining remnants of Full Tilt Poker will be taken offline later this month on February 25.
Since May 2016 Full Tilt Poker was available as a skin on the PokerStars network using its own branding, and sharing games, players, the rewards program and account system. The only real difference between the Full Tilt Poker skin and the regular PokerStars games was the look, as it used old Full Tilt assets and design.
Starting on February 25 anyone that was still using the Full Tilt Poker skin will be converted over to PokerStars when the Full Tilt skin is pulled offline. According to PokerStars anyone using Full Tilt Poker can switch over to PokerStars and use the same username and password. All balances and bonuses will automatically move to PokerStars.
Why is Full Tilt Poker being retired finally?
The full removal of Full Tilt Poker has been a long time coming. Full Tilt Poker software using the .eu website went through a shutdown process in October, 2020. At that time the download link on FullTilt.eu was switched over the PokerStars.eu. It is expected the same conversion will happen on the FullTilt.com site later this month. It’s also possible FullTilt.com will be removed completely.
Once the Full Tilt Poker skin goes dark it will conclude a rocky history for the brand. It originally launched in 2004 and included some of the biggest poker players of the time behind it, including, Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Mike Matusow and Jennifer Harman.
It introduced several online poker enhancements that are second nature today including Rush Poker, the first fast-fold poker game.
The downfall of Full Tilt Poker began on Black Friday in 2011when their domain was seized along with several other well-known online poker sites and sportsbooks. Allegations by the Department of Justice that Full Tilt operators ran the site as a Ponzi scheme and bilked players out of millions of dollars also led to its downfall.
Full Tilt Poker returned in 2012 after it was purchased by PokerStars. They remained as separate entities for years before they began sharing player pools in May, 2016.