The new Full Tilt is set to relaunch tomorrow, Nov. 6, and all systems are go for rest-of-world players to be reunited with $184 million in funds.
For players in the rest of the world (excluding the United States), we remain on schedule for re-opening the site for real-money play on November 6th, at which time you will have full access to your account and will once again be able to play on FullTiltPoker.com, said Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars, on the PokerStars corporate blog.
For the millions of players who will have access to their funds, this marks the end of a long and emotional roller-coaster ride.
Full Tilt sent out two emails to players over the weekend in advance of the relaunch. The first email was entitled
Important Account Information that listed the Real Money Account balance and Full Tilt Points balance of non-U.S. players.
We are pleased to inform you that your account balance will be restored in full, the missive stated, an announcement long overdue to Full Tilt players who have had to sweat out roughly 1 and 1/2 years of wondering if payment would ever be forthcoming.
The second email arrived in players’ in-boxes under the heading
Deal Me In Bonus – Welcome Back to Full Tilt Poker. As has been widely publicized, Full Tilt is hoping to avoid an exodus of withdrawals at the cashier by enticing players to keep their money on the site and partake in various promotions. The first of these promos will allow every player to receive at least a $200 bonus, more for players with more playing time on the site.
As soon as you log in, your Deal Me In Bonus of [amount varies] will be waiting for you, the email stated.
You’ll need to accept your bonus by 02/12/2012 23:59:59, and your bonus cash will be paid into your account in easily released $20.00 increments. Each 25 FTPs earned clears $1 of the bonus.
The email also details other promotions available, such as the
Deal Me In Freeroll Tournaments. Sixty freerolls are scheduled, ten each day from Nov. 6 through Nov. 11, that begin with prize pools of $1,000 each on the first day and conclude with ten $10,000 freerolls on the final day, Sunday, Nov. 11. To be eligible, a player need merely to earn
a fraction of a Full Tilt Point in real-money play.
So the wait is over and the relaunch is here. It will be interesting to see how many players avail themselves of the promotions and play on the new Full Tilt and how many will choose to transfer their funds to PokerStars or cashout. Unfortunately, U.S. players are still mired in the waiting game, hoping that the DoJ will soon establish a process for remission of their funds – said to be roughly $150 million.