Full Tilt Poker about to be shut down
By Bob Garcia
The online poker platform is coming to an end this week
The final days are counted for one of the most iconic poker brands, as it’s been reported that PokerStars’ former archrival, Full Tilt Poker, will be shut down on February 25. This news was recently shared and released by Pokerfuse and later confirmed by a FAQ page on PokerStars’ website, which gave some details of the move for all the remaining FTP players. It’s been already stated that the change won’t really affect their experience, as they’re just planned to be migrated to the main skin of the network.
PokerStars added, “Our commitment to improving PokerStars software and the PokerStars customer experience in recent years has limited the amount of focus and resources we could apply to the evolution of Full Tilt. We feel it is time to consolidate brands so that everyone has access to the newest features and most innovative games which are available exclusively on PokerStars.”
It’s been a while since Full Tilt Poker got into the market, dealing its first virtual cards in 2004. However, Ray Bittar, the con-founder, decided to take another step and team up with some of the biggest and recognized names in the industry. The likes of Mike Matusow, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, and Howard Lederer were behind the brand, and the success for the site was mainly due to their celebrity, combined with an aggressive marketing push.
Their slogan, “Learn, chat and play with the pros,” along with the incredible black and white commercials, including the site’s massive roster of sponsored pros, beckoned countless thousands of players to give Full Tilt a try. However, it had difficulty finding success, despite a few attempts, and is finally hitting the online poker graveyard.