With cash game player traffic continuing to tumble at Full Tilt, the resurrected site has launched new promotions in an attempt to win back some of the players who have chosen to play elsewhere.
Since relaunching on Nov. 6, Full Tilt has held down second place in player traffic behind sister site PokerStars. But the migration of Bwin Poker from the Ongame Network to the PartyPoker platform last week has allowed PartyPoker to take over that spot, according to PokerScout. As of this writing, PartyPoker enjoys a 7-day average of 3,600 cash players, while Full Tilt player traffic has fallen to 3,400 in the same period.
Full Tilt's latest promotional offering allows players at micro and low-stakes cash tables to take on either Gus Hansen or Viktor Blom at "Challenge Tables." Those tables are designated as "The Great Dane" and "Isuldur1" and Full Tilt promises that the site's sponsored pros will play there a few times a week. Players can earn free ring game tickets by actively playing at a Challenge Table when either of the pros sit down to play.
Ring game tickets can also be won by winning the most qualifying hands during a particular session against the pros. A wide variety of game types and stakes will be used for the Challenge Table promotion. Notably absent from the promo is Tom Dwan, the third of the trio of "The Professionals." As a U.S. resident, perhaps Dwan is enjoying the holidays in his native country and is unable to log on to Full Tilt, as are millions of other American players.
Full Tilt is also currently offering a 100% reload bonus up to $100 through Jan. 6. Time will tell if the latest promotions will make a difference and allow Full Tilt to regain the no. 2 ranking. The iPoker Network claims the fourth spot in PokerScout's tabulations, with 750 less cash game players than Full Tilt on a 7-day average.