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Full Tilt Rakeback Pales in Comparison to PokerStars Rewards

Upon its highly-anticipated November 6 relaunch, Full Tilt Poker will attempt to keep players from cashing out their account balances by offering a wide range of promotions, but a high rakeback percentage won’t be one of the perks available.

Full Tilt Poker room manager Shyam Markus posted on TwoPlusTwo recently that the amount of rakeback players can expect to receive will reach a maximum of 30%, and possibly 35% during Happy Hour promotions. That rakeback percentage is among the lowest in the online poker industry.

Grinders at PokerStars who achieve Supernova Elite status in the VIP program can reach rakeback rewards of 71% and most other online sites tend to offer rakeback around 35%. “We don’t intend to compete for that particular group of players with our rewards program,” Markus said. “Which isn’t to say we don’t intend to compete for any of that group at all.”

The new Full Tilt is seemingly taking a more measured approached that is not focused on high returns. And with the signing of big-name pros Tom Dwan, Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen, there is quite a similarity to the pre-Black Friday Full Tilt. Markus indicated that “most of the major work on this new program was done” prior to PokerStars’ acquisition of Full Tilt.

With the relaunch less than 10 days away, Full Tilt will actually be up and running with play-money tables sometime this week. While some players may be interested in trying out the software a few days early, the biggest interest, of course, will be the infusion of $184 million into rest-of-world player accounts on Nov. 6 that has been lost in cyberspace since the April 15 indictments.

The promotions available upon relaunch include $250,000 in freerolls, Happy Hours that allow players to earn twice as many player points, discounts on tournament tickets, and added value on satellites for the upcoming FTOPS events.


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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.